V. J. Callaway
August 8, 1925  -  January 14, 2019

V. J. Callaway

Chapel of Hope
3321 N. Dal Paso
Hobbs, NM  88240
Thursday, January 17, 2019
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Funeral Service
Chapel of Hope
3321 N. Dal Paso St.
Hobbs, NM  88240
Friday, January 18, 2019
10:00 am
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Prairie Haven Memorial Park
2201 E. Stanolind
Hobbs, NM  88240
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I served in the Army.

Virgil Jr (VJ) Callaway went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on January 14, 2019. He was preceded in death by his infant son, Jackie Leon Callaway, Bonnie Callaway, his brothers Jack, Ralph & Don Callaway, and his sister and brother-in-law Roy & Betty Callaway.

He was survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Troy & Patty Robinson and Steve & Donna Cox, all of Hobbs; his grandchildren, Kevin Robinson of Hobbs, Kim Davis of Fort Worth, Texas, Zakary Burton of Hobbs, and Zan Reeder of Hobbs and their spouses; 8 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren, his sister-in-law Betty Callaway of California, Manuel & Louisa Munoz & their children and grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

VJ was also survived by his companion, Geri Shipler, her two sons, Terry and Jamey Shipler and two daughters, Martha Kay Jones and Brenda Flinn, and their spouses and children and grandchildren.

VJ Callaway was born August 8, 1925 in Walters, Oklahoma. He served in the US Army as a combat infantryman from August, 1944 to December, 1945. He started his young life as a farmer in Duncan, Oklahoma where he also built his first home, which sparked the beginning of many years in construction. He started his construction company, Callaway Construction, in 1959 after moving to Hobbs, New Mexico in 1957 and opened his first lumber yard in 1963, where it quickly became known that his word was GOLD and his handshake was ALL a person needed.

He started Callaway Farms in 1971 and was voted New Mexico’s outstanding breeder many times throughout his life. He is known for bringing three of the most prominent studs to ever hit the state of New Mexico. He was also a valued member of NMHBA.

There is no way to measure the impact VJ Callaway has had on the state of New Mexico, as well as the city of Hobbs. His legacy will always be remembered and honored greatly.


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  1. Holly Tyson-Pershall
    Lubbock, TX

    I think about VJ often and fondly. I have lots of great memories. He was a fine human being and a lover of all animals not just horses. A great man in every sense of the word. He will be missed.

  2. Marci Butchofsky
    Ruidoso, NM

    In the early 80's my husband and I paid a visit to our friend Lyn Walsh and she introduced us to VJ. We ended up doing several deals to get Dranconic colts!!! What a learning experience we had and enjoyed every moment of it! Bob passed May 17th this past year and we often talked about VJ and wondered how he was! Ann Champlin was another friend of ours that knew Lyn Walsh also! Ann passed away several months ago too! Old age is not for sissies :D Very sorry sorry for you loss, yet VJ was such a great man, breeder and businessman! We will all miss him! Perhaps he and Bob are talking bloodlines and having a drink now :D
    Marci Miller Butchofsky

  3. Gary and Pat Pharr
    Denton Texas, NM

    Great Man, helped me in the 60,s to get my life to a better start. God Bless the entire Family.

  4. Stan and Lillian
    Burneyville ok, NM

    Troy and Patty so sorry for your loss,VJ was a kind and compassionate man,he will be dearly missed.our prayers are with you love

  5. Sue Harlan
    Seminole, TX

    His word was GOID! My condolences to the family.
    Sue Harlan

  6. Mark. Murphy
    Hobbs, NM

    Truly the best of men.

  7. Wesley & Kay Stinson
    Hobbs, NM

    Our condolences for your loss.
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers and we love you.
    May the good Lord be with you know at this sad time and always.

  8. Jo Ann Bush
    Levelland, TX

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. May God wrap His arms of peace and comfort around you. Love you!!!

  9. Harold (Peanut) and Helen Hicks
    Hobbs, NM

    Deepest sympathy to all the family. Praying for u
    You all.
    From Hicks family

  10. Sue Eades
    Hobbs,, NM

    Our love and prayers to each of you who survive this awesome friend. We first met VJ when he called us to work on his house well in the early '80s. He told us about his horses, showed us the stables and commented about the value of the horses housed there. Gene looked him in the eye and said,"VJ, I wouldn't give you a plugged nickel for the whole batch!" The two of them formed a lasting relationship confident in the fact that they were both the best there was in their individual field.
    Our prayers for each of you, Sue Eades

  11. New Mexico Horse Breeders Assoc
    Albuquerque, NM

    We send our condolences to Mrs. shipper and the family of V. J.
    He was the top horse breeder in the state of New Mexico for many years and had a great impact on the horse racing industry. We have missed his presence and are saddened to hear of his passing.

  12. Tim and Jan Cox
    Hobbs, NM

    Love and Prayers!

  13. Joan Tucker
    Hobbs, NM

    Burrell and I so appreciate V.J. and are blessed by his life. He made great differences in housing in Hobbs. Prayers for the family.

  14. Jodi Reed
    Lubbock, TX

    Mr. Callaway will be missed by many and truly know as an exceptional business man. His contribution to the City of Hobbs is monumental, as well as to the many contractors, realtors, customers and home owners that have enjoyed being his under his professional guidance
    over the years.

    He was a great Boss and friend.

    My family and I send our prayers and sympathy to his family and friends.


  15. Pat Allen
    Belton, TX

    So sorry to hear of VJ passing, he was an exceptional man that was loved by all that knew him! Prayers for all that loved him!

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