Julia (Cohen) Callaway

March 20, 1933 ~ September 17, 2021 (age 88)


Julia Cohen Callaway, 88, of Salisbury passed away on Friday, September 17, 2021 at The Meadows of Rockwell.

Born in Rowan County on March 20, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Viola Allen and Rufus Cohen.

Mrs. Callaway worked as a credit reporter for the Salisbury-Rowan Merchant’s Association. She was a member of First United Church of Christ, where she sang in the choir. She was a member of the Merchant’s Association, Holiday Caravan Board, Spencer Jaycettes, West Rowan Band Parents, and the Bridge Club. Mrs. Callaway also worked as a Rowan County Fair entry clerk. Rodney and Julia always made sure the girls were well traveled. Julia always made sure there were special snacks for those trips. She was an excellent cake decorator and cook. She was the “cheerleader” for the girls to see that they had every opportunity that they pursued. Mrs. Callaway was also the caregiver for her own mother for many years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rodney Arlin Callaway, who passed away on September 12, 2021 and son-in-law, Jeff Surratt.

Left to cherish her memory are her three daughters: Sandra Surratt, Kim Crawford and husband Tim of Salisbury, North Carolina, and Susan Clegg and husband Richard of Townsville, North Carolina. Grandsons, Jonathan Preslar and wife Michelle of Lexington, Missouri and Brandon Crawford. Great grandsons Alex Crawford, Nathan Crawford, Dean Crawford, Noah Caraway, and Benjamin Preslar.

Graveside Service: 1:00 PM Friday, October 8, 2021 at Salisbury National Cemetery, 501 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury, NC 28144 with Pastor Chris Shelton officiating. The family will receive friends after the graveside service at the home of Sandra Surratt, 402 Forest Dr., Salisbury, NC 28147.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 8180 Greensboro Drive, Suite 400, McLean, VA 22102 or Locke Volunteer Fire Department, 5405 Mooresville Rd, Salisbury, NC 28147.


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Graveside Service
October 8, 2021

1:00 PM
Salisbury National Cemetery
501 Statesville Blvd.
Salisbury, North Carolina 28144

Visitation Following Service
October 8, 2021

Home of Sandra Surratt
402 Forest Dr.
Salisbury, NC 28147

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