ORLANDO, Fla. — Nautique mourns the loss of a dear friend and strategic partner, Howard Hollis “Bo” Callaway who passed away this weekend. In his honor Nautique will dedicate the 55th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament™ to his memory. The tournament will be held on May 23-25, 2014, on the waters of Robin Lake, Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.
Bo, a second generation Georgian led a very successful life and was accomplished in his military, political and professional career including serving as Secretary of the Army and many other positions he held in various industries. He assisted his parents in the creation of Callaway Gardens in 1953 and held several positions there eventually becoming Chairman Emeritus of the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation™ (ICCF).
During his years in Pine Mountain, he oversaw the completion of Robin Lake Beach, which was developed for the Summer Recreation Program (now known as Summer Family Adventure) and the Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament. Today, the Masters is the world’s most prestigious and longest running invitational watersports tournament now in its 55th year.
“It was always such a pleasure to visit with Bo Callaway on my annual trip to Callaway Gardens for the Masters; I am truly saddened by this news,” stated Nautique President/CEO Bill Yeargin. “Bo was not only an important strategic partner but a dear friend to all of us at Nautique, we look forward to celebrating his life at the upcoming 55th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament” Yeargin added.
Funeral services will be held at Christ the King Church in Pine Mountain, Ga., at noon on Wednesday March 19. The family also will receive friends during visitation on Tuesday, March 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., also at the Christ the King Catholic Church. The Rosary recitation will be at 7:30 p.m. following the visitation.