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Vernita “Nita” Jones Callahan July 30, 1927 - August 21, 2017

Vernita “Nita” Jones Callahan, age 90, was born July 30, 1927, in Leake County, Mississippi, and died August 21, 2017, in Lebanon, Tennessee. Nita was the daughter of the late Harvey George Jones and Leila Sistrunk Jones. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Willie Dee Callahan. Mrs. Callahan was a longtime resident of Southaven, MS and an avid Grizzlies and Tigers fan. However, she was the biggest fan of her grandchildren and great-grands.

Mrs. Callahan is survived by a daughter Diane (Tim) Setterlund; grandchildren Jenny (Houston) Davis, David Setterlund, and Eric (Meaghan) Setterlund and six great-grandchildren, Polly, Whitney, Joshua, Abby, Hayley and Piper.

Services will be at 4:00 PM on Sunday, September 3, 2017, at Twin Oaks in Southaven, Mississippi. Visitation will begin at 3:30. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis and to Faith Lutheran Church in Lebanon, TN.

Sunday, September 3, 2017
3:30 - 4:00 PM
Twin Oaks Funeral Home

Sunday, September 3, 2017
4:00 PM
Twin Oaks Funeral Home

Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens


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    Rita Wilson Maynard says

    Just learned yesterday about your mother. My mother lives at Hearthside and that’s how I met Nita. She was a job to be around and I always enjoyed talking with her any chance I had. She will be missed by all who knew her. I remember her telling me about all of you being together during the Christmas holidays last year and what a great time she had. Thinking of your family during this time.

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      Diane Setterlund says

      Thank you. We will miss her dearly.

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    Carolyn Johnston (Mr Johnston's widow. HLHS says

    So sorry to read of your mom’s death. You have my prayers & sympathy.

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      Diane Setterlund says

      Carolyn, thanks you for the prayers. She will be missed.

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    Bob & Susan Pierce says

    Your mom had such a wonderful presence when she entered a room. She had a million dollar smile. We’ll never forget how she loved to hand out ice cream treats to the other residents at Hearthside. Our prayers are with you and your family.

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      Diane Setterlund says

      Thank you for your kind words.

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    Butch Stevens says

    I’m so sad to hear of the death of your Mama. She’s celebrating in Heaven with your Daddy and watching you and your children thrive. It’s been a very long time but I remember them from their time in Drew. (And, of course, you.)

    Love and prayers for all in this time of loss.


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      Diane Setterlund says

      Butch, Thank you for the thoughts. Her years (and mine) in Drew were pleasant memories.

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    Sarah White says

    I just loved your mother. We were kindred spirits in love of our sports.

    I think the best testament of her is that she reared such a wonderful, kind, loving, daughter, Diane.

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      Diane Setterlund says

      Thank you, Sarah…Momma loved her basketball and y’all hit a spark from the beginning.

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    Clare Eskew says

    Diane, your Mom has such a pretty smile. I know she was a special lady and that she will be greatly missed by you and your family. So glad all of you were able to help her celebrate her 90th birthday. You have my continued prayers for comfort and healing. Love ya, Clare

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      Diane Setterlund says

      Thank you for your prayers. Momma was special to us and celebrating her 90th seemed to be her final goal. Love you too.

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    Betty Kelley says

    To the Callahan Family

    Miss Nita was a wonderful lady. She had a special sense of humor and her smile will always be remembered. She had many friends that are going to miss her very much.
    May she be at peace now and watch those ball games from heaven. She loved her sports and we talked about the big games when they were over. Win or loose she has a great attitude. She was so proud of her family. She talked about them and how much they all meant to her all the time. My prayers go out to her family.

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      Diane Setterlund says

      Thank you for those kind words and for your prayers. She loved life and people and independence…but she really loved basketball.

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