Clif­ford K. Call­away

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

AVON, CO- Beloved hus­band, fa­ther, and grand­fa­ther Clif­ford K. Call­away, MD, 73, of Avon, CO and for­merly of Char­lotte, NC, passed away fol­low­ing a brief ill­ness at Den­ver’s St. Joseph Hospi­tal on De­cem­ber 22, 2018. Born in Ok­la­homa City, OK on June 22, 1945, Clif­ford was pre­ceded in death by par­ents Hazel (Chap­man) and Charles, and his sib­lings Robert and Char­lene (Goble).

A pas­sion­ate and life­long Boomer Sooner, Dr. Call­away at­tended the Univer­sity of Ok­la­homa for both his un­der­grad­u­ate stud­ies and fol­low-on med­i­cal school, grad­u­at­ing from the OU School of Medicine in 1970. It was dur­ing his sub­se­quent in­tern­ship at the Van­der­bilt Hos­pi­tals in Nashville, TN, that he would meet the for­mer Althea Stu­art Trevor of Rock Hill, South Carolina. Althea and Cliff were mar­ried on Novem­ber 6, 1971, and would go on to raise a fam­ily of four chil­dren and five grand­chil­dren.

Af­ter com­plet­ing his in­tern­ship, Dr. Call­away served as a Cap­tain in the US Army from 1972-74, in­clud­ing a year in the Repub­lic of Korea. It was his time over­seas that would ig­nite a cu­rios­ity in world travel that he would re­turn to later in life, vis­it­ing Nepal, In­dia, Turkey and re­cently, Iran. Fol­low­ing the Army, Dr. Call­away worked as an Emer­gency Room physi­cian in Oak Ridge, TN; Huntsville, AL; and Gas­to­nia, NC.

Un­afraid of risk, Dr. Call­away was also a suc­cess­ful en­tre­pre­neur, found­ing North Carolina’s first ur­gent care cen­ters in 1979. Head­quar­tered in Char­lotte, ProMed Mi­nor Emer­gency Cen­ters was a highly suc­cess­ful busi­ness that even­tu­ally grew to mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions that served cen­tral and western North Carolina for al­most 30 years.

Dr. Call­away was a mem­ber of down­town Char­lotte’s St. Pe­ter’s Epis­co­pal Church where he would fre­quently serve Sun­day morn­ing break­fast to the hun­gry. Cliff was also an en­thu­si­as­tic vol­un­teer for Char­lotte’s Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity where he worked with the roof­ing crews.

In 2008, Cliff re­tired to Colorado’s Vail Val­ley to pur­sue his pas­sion for ski­ing. For the past six years, Cliff vol­un­teered as a guest host at Beaver Creek.

In re­cent years Cliff grew into a com­mit­ted bi­cy­clist and on most days could be found pedal­ing the Vail Val­ley on his Fat Tire moun­tain bike. Dur­ing the sum­mer of 2018, he par­tic­i­pated in Colorado’s Ride the Rock­ies.

Cliff is sur­vived by his wife Althea and sis­ter-in-law Jan­ice Call­away of Ok­la­homa City, OK. He is also sur­vived by four chil­dren, their spouses and five grand­chil­dren, in­clud­ing Anna (Jef­frey) Sturm, Whid­bey Is­land, WA; Pa­tri­cia Call­away and Tom Crab­tree, San Fran­cisco, CA; Nick (Kari) Call­away, Love­land, CO; and David (Arvette) Call­away, Eu­gene, OR.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice is planned around his June birth­day in the Vail Val­ley.

In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions can be given to Saint Joseph Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion, the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion, or St John’s Epis­co­pal Cathe­dral in Den­ver, CO.

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