Charles A. Callis was president of the Southern States
Mission from August, 1908, until February, 1934. He was called to serve
in the Twelve and ordained an Apostle October 12, 1933. He was born May
4, 1865, in Dublin, Ireland, the son of John Callis and Susannah Charlotte
His father died when he was a boy and his widowed
mother moved to Liverpool, England, where Charles was baptized when eight
years old. The family came to Utah in October, 1875, and resided in Bountiful,
Utah, for about two years, then moved to Centerville, Utah, and later moved
to Coalville, Utah.
During the winter of 1892-1893, Brother Callis devoted
all his time for five months filling a mission in Wyoming, which at that
time was a part of Summit Stake. In 1893 Elder Callis was called on a mission
to England, and while there acted as president of the Irish Conference.
On his return to Utah he was appointed stake superintendent of the Y. M.
M. I. A. of Summit Stake and acted in that capacity for nine years.
During his residence in Summit County he occupied
the following offices respectively: Constable, member of the city council
of Coalville, representative to the Utah Legislature, city attorney of
Coalville and county attorney of Summit County.
On September, 1902, he married Grace E. Pack, a daughter
of Ward E. Pack; eight children were the fruit of this union. In 1906 Elder
Callis and his wife were called on a mission to the Southern States. They
labored in Florida, over which conference Elder Callis presided. In August,
1908, while he was presiding over the South Carolina Conference, he was
appointed to succeed Pres. Benjamin E. Rich as president of the Southern
Although he had no time to practice law while serving
as mission president he was admitted to the Bar in South Carolina and Florida.
This gave him prestige and admitted him to circles which otherwise he never
could have entered. His wife was president of the Relief Societies in the
Southern States for nineteen years.
On Oct. 6, 1933, Elder Callis was chosen as one of
the Council of the Twelve Apostles and ordained to that office Oct. 14,
1933, by Heber J. Grant. He served
as an Apostle until his death January 21, 1947 in Jacksonville, Florida.