“I have fought a good fight; I have kept the faith....2 Timothy 4:7
Eunice Callies was the first born, to Cleo and Hazal Middleton, in Curtis Arkansas, in 1931. After attending an all girls one room elementary school, and giving her life to Christ at an early age, Eunice went on to become the Homecoming Queen, in the 10th grade, of her high School. After graduating, with a B.A. Degree in Elementary Education, from Pine Bluff State College, in Pine Bluff Arkansas, which is also where she and Raymond A. Callies, Sr. met, and fell in love. Eunice and Rev. Raymond A. Callies, Sr., married in Holy Matrimony, at the church of God In Christ, in Gum Springs AR., in 1953.
After teaching school, and coaching the high school girls basketball, while Raymond served in the military 2 years, then taught school, in Crawfordville AR. also, Eunice and Rev. Callies moved to San Antonio TX., after Raymond got hired with SAISD at Riley Middle School, as an Industrial Art teacher, and History teacher. In the process of seeking a job with the school district, Eunice Callies worked at the Mt. Zion First Baptist Church Day Care Center, and then the Methodist Hospital. After securing a job, with the Edgewood ISD, Eunice Callies taught, 4th grade, at Lyndon B. Johnson Elementary school, for 34 years.
Eunice was a very devoted, dedicated, Christian, and loving wife and mother, to her husband Rev. Callies, and their 5 children. She would always assist, support, and work along side her husband, Rev. Callies, with community, city, and state efforts; including the Martin Luther King March, that he found, started and organized on April 6,1968. And also as pastor's wife, 1st lady, in 2 churches that Rev. Callies found, built, organized, and started. Eunice Callies served in many church auxiliaries and ministries, such as the youth choir director, pianist, usher board chairmen, courtesy committee, mass choir, church clerk, and recreation leader, while raising and maintaining 5 kids, at the same time. Not once did she ever complain. She would often say, how much she loved and enjoyed her children, and to always keep the Lord first, in everything that you do, and you'll be alright. Which, later, installing the same values, in her grandchildren.
Mrs. Callies was an amazing cook, and many times, almost every Sunday, after church, the youth, from the church, would go directly to her (Callies) house, for Sunday's dinner, sometimes staying over night. She would always welcome them, with a smile. Also, Mrs. Callies would often cook, at no charge, for women (wives) who desired Eunice assistance, with their family meals.
She is preceded in death by her husband, rev. Raymond A. Callies, Sr and brothers: Londell Middletton of Gum Springs, AR,,Joe Middleton of Gum Springs, AR, Johnnel Middleton of Arkadelphia, AR and sister, Jean Booker of Warren, AR.
She leaves to cherish their five children: Raymond Callies, Jr., Arlington Callies (Pam), Doris Dunlap (Thomas), Yvette Wilson (Andrew), and Phyllis Holland (Barsey). Grandchildren: Keith Callies, Adrian Callies, Markell Holland, Jovonn Holland, Solomon Wilson, and Sarah Wilson. Sister, Valerie Nicholson of East St. Louis, IL. She will be missed by a host of nieces, nephews cousins, and friends.