Sixty-five years ago today and tomorrow,
Callaway-Jones Funeral Home, Inc. opened its
doors at 3001 S. College Avenue in Bryan. It was
located “across from the Country Club,” which is
exactly what used to be located there. A stately
red Roman brick building was our new home, of
5,000 sq. ft. with a chapel, two reception rooms,
family room, display room and arrangements
office. Family living quarters occupied the
second floor.
My great-grandfather was Manley Jones, Sr.,
and his wife was Homer Lacy Callaway. Homer
had helped her father, who’d opened the family’s
first funeral home in Crockett (Houston County)
before 1904. They’d relocated to Bryan in
January 1954, and six months later, their new
funeral home was opened. Three years ago
Chelsea, Lorene and I opened this new funeral
and cremation center on the same land site as
our original funeral home because we believe
strongly in our roots here.
We also ran an ambulance service in the early
days. Our fleet included an “air-conditioned”


Cadillac Meteor to “carry
Cody Jones ‘02
the patient in luxurious
comfort across the city or
across the country.” At the time that car (valued
at more than $10,000) was only one of three
such vehicles in Texas. Just recently we debuted
our newest Platinum Phoenix-C Cadillac Funeral
Coach to serve our families, the same model that
transferred President Bush during services in
Washington, DC.
My father and grandfather always assured our
individual and family clients would have the very
best in every aspect of our caring for them. I
think they’d be pleased to see our funeral center
with its warm, welcoming feel and sunlight
streaming through every window.
We’re proud to have been here for 65 years,
and our family is here to stay. Although large
corporations may come and go, you’re always
with family when you’re in our home, still in the
heart of Bryan on College Avenue, one block
past Villa Maria.

Learn more about our Texas Roots in my blog.

3001 S COLLEGE, BRYAN, TX 77801


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