Father McCallister

Wheeling News-Register
October 17, 2007

McCALLISTER, Rev. Father Charles "Chuck," 65, a resident of Country Club Road, Elkins, W.Va., passed away unexpectedly Saturday, October 13, 2007, at his residence.

Father McCallister was born in Elkins, on February 24, 1942, the son of the late E. H. McCallister and Virginia H. McCallister.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Nancy J. McCallister Haddix; and his paternal and maternal grandparents.

He is survived by one sister, Barbara Jane McCallister Arbogast and husband, William J. Arbogast, of Country Club Rd., Elkins; three nieces and three nephews, Pete Haddix and wife, Cathy, of Elkins, Joe Haddix and wife, Becky, of Parsons, Mary Ann Fox and husband, Kenny, of Mabie, William Arbogast, Jr. and wife, Paula, of Elkins, Susan Wingfield and husband, Lee, of Elkins, and Sara Trader and husband, Charlie, of Gilman; and several great-nieces and nephews.

Upon graduation from college, Father McCallister returned to Elkins and taught at Elkins High School. He studied for the priesthood and was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest on April 3, 1971, at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Elkins. He served as the Administrator of Immaculate Conception Parish in Fairmont, W.Va., and then as Associate Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Clarksburg. He was transferred to Wheeling and was Special Assistant to the Bishop.

He was sent to do postgraduate work in law, administration and history at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Upon completing his postgraduate work, he was assigned to the Catholic Chancery in Wheeling, where he held several positions. He was Vicar General of the Diocese, Judicial Vicar, Vicar for Pastoral Services and Personnel, Director of the Office of the Laity, Director of the West Virginia Catholic Conference and various other diocesan boards and commissions. He was a member of the Canon Law Society of America, the Mid-West Canon Law Society and the Eastern Regional Canon Law Society. In 1985, upon the death of Bishop Joseph Hodges, he was selected by the diocesan Consulters to serve as Administrator of the diocese.

In 1996, he was named Man of the Year by the West Virginia Italian Heritage Foundation. Also in 1996, he was named a "Distinguished West Virginian" by Governor Gaston Caperton. By appointment of the Governor, he served on the Nursing Home Administrators' Licensing Board. He served as a director of the Glenwood-Green Valley Methodist Foundation.

Father McCallister was active in many civic endeavors. He was President of the Wheeling Kiwanis Club, Kiwanis Lieutenant Governor of District 1 and was Governor of the West Virginia Kiwanis District in 1982-1983. He was the founding President of the West Virginia Kiwanis Foundation. Kiwanis International recognized him as a George Hixson Fellow, and he was twice awarded the Tablet of Honor by Kiwanis International. In 1977, he was the recipient of the "Key of Honor" from Key Club International, the highest award for service to youth. Father McCallister had just completed 35 years as the Administrator of the West Virginia Key Club District.

Friends may call from 3-9 p.m., Thursday, October 18, 2007, at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Elkins. At 4 p.m., Thursday, a Rosary will be led by Father Timothy Grassie. At 7 p.m., Thursday, a Wake Service will be led by the Very Rev. Donald X. Higgs, VF.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, October 19, 2007, at St. Brendan Catholic Church with the Rev. Cesidio J. Federico presiding.

Interment will follow in St. Brendan Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The West Virginia Key Club Fund, C/O Richard Yurko, P.O. Box 2190, Clarksburg, WV 26302-2190.

The Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for the Rev. Father Charles "Chuck" McCallister.

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