Mr. James Patrick (Jimmy) Callaway, 47, of Luthersville, passed away unexpectedly, Monday August 8, 2022, while attending the Georgia Gang Investigators Association conference in Savannah.
Born February 1, 1975 in Decatur Georgia to the late James Charlie Callaway and Patricia Marquadt (Hornor). Growing up in the Conyers area he was a Heritage High School graduate.
Dedicating his life to law enforcement and service to the community, James was a graduate of DeKalb Technical college receiving an associates degree in applied technology criminal justice. He later attended Columbia Southern University graduating with bachelor of science degree in criminal justice administration, and was pursuing his masters. Additionally, he successfully completed training at the 133rd Administrative Officers Course at University of Louisville Southern Police Institute, Georgia Law Enforcement Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Instructor, and Managerial Certifications. He also attended FBI LEEDS and Six Sigma.
James 26 year career in law enforcement encompassed service with Rockdale County Sheriffs Department, MARTA Police, the City of Morrow (where rose to the position of Chief), the Georgia Secretary of State’s office as Deputy Chief Investigator, and most recently as Director of Investigations with Georgia P.O.S.T (Peace officer Standards and Training). He was also an active member of the Georgia Gang Investigators Association where he currently served as president.
Along with his dedication to law enforcement, James was also an accomplished musician, playing the drums with numerous groups and local churches as well as studio recording. One of his passions was grilling outdoors where he could hang with the best of them with his smoked meats and potato salad.
As a devoted husband, father, and man of God, James left a positive impression on everyone he met.
Survivors include his wife Amy Callaway, daughters Katelynn Dollar (Jesse), Alexis Callaway, and Abagail Callaway; mother Patricia Hornor (Glenn); sisters Kim Rowan (Greg), and Jennifer Calhoun (Rad); brother Thommy Halfen (Lori) as well as numerous extended family and friends.
A celebration of life will be held, Monday, August 15, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. at the main campus of Crossroads Church, 3260 GA-16 with chaplain Don Colburn officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday from 1:00 p.m. until the service hour at the church.
Higgins Funeral Home Hillcrest Chapel is honored to serve the family of Mr. James Patrick (Jimmy) Callaway please visit www.hillcrestchapelcares.com to share your memories or leave a condolence message.