Blake Ethan McCallie, 30, of Russellville, formerly of Arkansas City, passed away unexpectedly on May 11, 2020 at his home.
He was born on June 28, 1989 to Wayne and Becky McCallie of Arkansas City.
Mr. McCallie was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Earl and Ann Wood of McGehee, and his paternal grandfather Roy McCallie of Arkansas City.
He is survived by his parents, Wayne and Becky McCallie of Arkansas City; brother, Jason McCallie and wife Kirby; nephew Levi, who Blake loved as his own and fully spoiled to the very best of his ability; his paternal grandmother, Rebecca McCallie of Monticello, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends.
Mr. McCallie was employed as an engineer at Arkansas Nuclear One. He earned his BSME and Nuclear Engineering Technology degrees from Arkansas Tech University. He was a 2007 graduate of McGehee High School.
He was a lifelong student and loved learning. He was especially gifted in mathematics. He loved to apply his abilities to all areas of his life. Family and friends often sought his help and input with projects that he would ultimately take over and complete as his own, knowing in the end, everyone would be happier with the results.
Although his profession relocated him from the farm on which he was raised, Mr. McCallie had a deep love for farm life, especially all of the animals and livestock. He was often seen feeding treats to the cattle and horses and tenderly caring for the newborn calves. For all of his strength and size, Mr. McCallie was incredibly tender hearted and caring.
He was a member of Arkansas City Baptist Church and various professional organizations.
Graveside services will be at McGehee Cemetery on Friday, May 15, at 2 p.m. Pastor Ali Haynes will officiate and his cousins will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. McCallie’s memory to your favorite charity.