Remembering Lottie Lurl Callaway

Lottie Lurl Callaway

Graveside services for Mrs. Lottie Lurl Callaway, age 84 of Ruston, LA will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, February 16, 2023 at Salem Cemetery in Dubach, LA with Bro. Charlie Reeves officiating. Burial will be under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston.

Lurl was born April 12, 1938 in Chatham, LA to Estelle and Marvin Chatham, and she left this earth to meet our Lord and Savior February 11, 2023 in Ruston with her daughters by her side following a battle with pulmonary fibrosis. She was a caring mother and raised her two daughters Jan and Amy with her devoted husband Billy Van Callaway, who preceded her in death by 25 years. Through Jan and Amy, the Lord blessed Lurl with three grandsons: Kyle Hardy Cater, Benjamin Larkin Fuller and Kendall Van Carter. In her final days, she often spoke of her love for her children, grandchildren and others who had meant so much to her throughout her life. Lurl was very proud of her brother Keith and has spent many years helping to care for him. Outside of her family, her two passions were sewing and quilting. Lurl was an excellent seamstress and was an avid quilter who created many beautiful, hand-sewn quilts for her family and friends. Patch by patch, she stitched the quilts together, personalizing them for each recipient. It was a labor of love, and they will be treasured over the years. Before her retirement, Lurl was employed with the Methodist Children’s Home in Ruston. Following her retirement, she volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children (CASA). Lurl also enjoyed the time she spent as a volunteer with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of NELA. Her church Spearsville Church of Christ was one of the most important parts of her life. Lurl was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Lurl is survived by her sister Sue Emory; brother Keith Chatham; daughters Jan and husband William Fuller and Amy and husband Wade Carter; grandchildren: Kyle Carter, Kendall Carter and Ben Fuller and wife Makayla; special friend Howard Hollis; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Alpine Rehabilitation Center and to Premier Hospice for their kindness and care during Lurl’s final weeks. Each of them were a blessing to the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or to Shreveport’s Holy Angels.

Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 PM, Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Ruston. To leave an online message for the family, please visit

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