John Clyde "J.C." Calloway, 93, of Ridgeland died April 26, 2014. Graveside services were held May 3 at Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham.

J.C. was born Jan. 29, 1921, to Clyde and Fannie Calloway. He attended Bessemer, Ala. schools and graduated from Bessemer High School.

He attended the University of Alabama and was a proud member of Sigma Nu fraternity. He served as an officer in the United States Navy during World War II. He grew up in First Methodist Church in Bessemer, Ala., and served his church in many capacities including Sunday school teacher for many years. He also was a member of Canterbury Methodist in Mountain Brook, Ala.

In the 1940s and 1950s, he owned his own business, "J.C. Calloway's Super Store. In 1955, he entered the Hotel business beginning the long career in the hospitality industry. Throughout the years, he owned many hotels which included numerous franchises as well as independent hotels. He was one of the first presidents of the Alabama Hotel Association serving two terms, and he served on the Alabama Travel Counsel. He was on the Board of Master Hosts during its beginnings.

He was always involved with the Chambers of Commerce in each city where he owned businesses. J.C. was predeceased by his parents, Clyde and Fannie Calloway; his wife, Nettye Phillips Calloway; and his son-in-law, Brooks Griffin, M.D. He is survived by his daughters, Amanda Calloway and Cathy Griffin of Ridgeland. He is also survived by four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Memorials may be given in memory of J.C. to First Baptist Church, Madison; Gideon International; or Madison ARK (Animal Rescue Kennel).