Edward “Tiger” L. Calaway, Jr.

Edward “Tiger” L. Calaway, Jr.


Edward ‘Tiger’ L. Calaway, Jr. passed away at age 58 on Sunday, October 1, 2023, in the hospital surrounded by family. Born on September 12, 1965, in Edmond, Oklahoma, he spent his life as a proud member of the Edmond community. Tiger graduated from Edmond Memorial High School in 1983 and maintained many of those friendships throughout his years. He went on to run a game room, Tiger’s Den, alongside his father where he met and fostered countless relationships with the patrons. While raising his family, Tiger worked for many years as an auto-mechanic in various environments gaining the ability to handle any type of vehicle. He then obtained his CDL and enjoyed hauling fuel while being able to drive the semi-trucks he previously worked on. The greatest accomplishment in his life, and what he was the proudest of, is his family, and all the friendships he cultivated. Tiger truly loved people, and with his larger-than-life personality, he never met a stranger and enjoyed listening to their life stories. He had a tremendous heart that could not handle anyone hurting without trying to fix it, an infectious laugh and loved to tell jokes, a smile that would light up his eyes, and a compassionate soul that shined when he could bring joy to someone else. He had an enormous love for children, and they were drawn to him. He loved music, dancing, playing pool, and anything that would bring people together in happiness. Tiger was a faithful follower of the Lord and offered beautiful prayers with, and for, everyone. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend to many and touched everyone’s life who knew him.

Tiger was the truest definition of a family man. He possessed an unwavering and admirable love for his wife of 32 years and treasured every moment they had together. Their devotion and drive to take care of each other was beautiful for anyone to witness. He adored his children and took great pride in raising them and continuing to be a guiding presence in their lives through adulthood when needed, offering any support that he could. He was the happiest when he could be helping in any way. He loved his entire family and endeavored to have a personal relationship with every parent, sibling, niece, and nephew. The absolute light of his world was his grandsons. He always said they were his happy place, and they felt the same way. Their Papa could do anything or make anything happen, and he glowed with their happiness.

Tiger is preceded in death by his mother: Barbara Calaway, and his sister: Debbie Vernon, and husband Ed Vernon. He is survived by his wife: Connie Calaway. Children: Tyler Calaway and wife Madison, Mandy Wolanski and husband Ivan, Christa Hacker and husband Jonathan. Grandsons: Warren, Rayden, Kaynen, and Wladyslaw. Father: Edward Calaway, Sr. and his wife June. Sisters: Kathy Dillingham and husband Terry, and Jody Patton and husband David. Along with many nieces and nephews.

He embodied the values of compassion, love, devotion, and he will be remembered for his warm and welcoming spirit. His presence in the lives of those who were fortunate enough to know him will forever be cherished. May his soul find eternal rest, knowing the countless lives he touched and the immeasurable impact of love he left behind.

Visitation will be held from 12-8 p.m., Thursday, October 5th at Matthews Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 6, 2023 at Matthews Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

We will be live streaming this service in an effort to accommodate those people that wish to attend but are not able to.  To watch the service CLICK HERE to go to our YouTube page. Click on ‘Videos’, then ‘Live Streams’.

12 thoughts on “Edward “Tiger” L. Calaway, Jr.”

  1. Johnmidas10717@yahoo.com Barron

    What a wonderful employee and friend Tiger was and always a joy to be around. RIP my friend.

    1. Marc Murchison

      What a wonderful friend you was to me brother. I have so many great memories with you.
      You had the best smile and laugh and it brought joy to me and others.
      I’ll miss you my friend
      But I’ll see you on the other side one day soon.
      I know you loved God, I enjoyed it when you would call at different times and say we need to pray and we did.
      Rip with Jesus my brother in christ Jesus

  2. Karen Amend

    I met Tiger when we were in Elementary School. Great guy, always had a smile on his face. You will be missed Tiger! Rest easy my friend!

  3. Rheanon Short

    I can still hear his infectious laugh and picture his enormous smile! He was a fantastic neighbor and even better friend. He will be deeply missed.

  4. Connie Oxley

    I knew Tiger through his sister Debbie and her husband Edd. He was always pleasant to be around. Condolences to the family. Connie Oxley (Warr Acres Police Dept)

  5. We were so much alike
    Family absolutely 1st
    Papa’s best for the kids
    ( love them all,
    They keep us fighting)

  6. Bryan and Delane Wells

    Connie we are so sorry to hear about Tiger he was such a good friend to us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Liz Michael

    Words cannot express how saddened I am to hear of Tiger’s passing. My family moved to Edmond in 1974, and I spent the next three years in many escapades with my brother, Tiger, and Stanley Neighbors. Tiger was such a sweet, fun, huckleberry finn-type kid who so made our time in Edmond very, very special. We were just children, but he touched my heart deeply. It sounds like he grew up to be an equally wonderful man. I am so thankful he loved the Lord. And for that, I look forward to more adventures in heaven for eternity. My deepest condolences to his beautiful family and sister, Jody, who I also remember fondly from that time. Much love to you all.

  8. Sherri Barton

    What a guy. He had the best smile. Laugh. And heart. And the love he had for Connie and her love for him was evident and a wonderful thing to witness.
    He was always ready to do whatever whenever. So fun to be around.
    I know he will be missed be everyone that had the please to meet him. To know him is to love him and we sure did here in Noble
    Prayers for family and friends

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