Jeannine Hopkins Callahan
Jeannine Hopkins Callahan
  • October 27, 1931 - August 4, 2017
  • Columbia, South Carolina

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COLUMBIA - Jeannine Hopkins Callahan, 85, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 4, 2017. Graveside services will be held in Elmwood Cemetery on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

Born Lois Jeannine Hopkins on October 27, 1931 to Mildred Faulk and J.W. Hopkins, she grew up in the Elmwood neighborhood of Columbia and was in the first 12th grade graduating class at the old Columbia High School.

She was a lifelong member of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church and loved her church family. Over the years, she served on Vestry, Altar Guild, Needlework Guild, was ECW President, taught Sunday School and made more than her share of covered dishes.

Jeannine worked for Southern Bell before becoming a wife and a mother, and her four children were her life. She loved her extended family and friends and was devoted and generous to a fault. She returned to work in 1969 as a Department Manager with J.B. White’s and retired with over 20 years of service.

She was an excellent seamstress and loved and mastered every kind of needlework. A lifelong Gamecock, she enjoyed tailgating and USC football games, but baseball was her passion, including Carolina, the Cubs, and the Braves. After retiring she enjoyed traveling and working in her yard, but being a “Nana” was her greatest joy.

Jeannine was predeceased by her husband, “Chuck” (Charles) Herman Callahan in 1983 and her daughter, Paula Callahan Odom in 2005.

She is survived by her daughter, Jeanne K. Callahan; sons, William O. and Charles L. Callahan; granddaughter, Nickie Callahan Powell (Chris); two great-grandchildren; nephew, T. Hampton Hopkins (Olivia) and their two children, Sam and Meg; and other nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Her daughter wishes to thank the staffs of the Providence Hospital and Heartstrings Hospice for her mother’s extraordinary care and the kindness and support they both received.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 900 Calhoun Street, Columbia, SC 29201; or to any of the local pet rescue groups.

Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Please sign the online guestbook at