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James E. Calhoun

Posted By Hall-Wynne On February 1, 2016 @ 9:50 am In Durham,Obituaries | 11 Comments

DURHAM: James Edward Calhoun, 78, died Saturday at his home in Croasdaile Retirement Community after several years of declining health. He was born February 20, 1937 in New Madrid County, MO to James Everett and Evia (McKenzie) Calhoun. He graduated from Memphis State University and began his teaching career in music. Jim was a longtime band and orchestra director, beginning in Gray Ridge, MO and in 1966, moving to Champaign-Urbana, IL to continue teaching in the Urbana School district. Eventually he became the district’s music coordinator, a position he held until retirement. In 2000, Jim and his wife came to Durham, NC, sharing their time between Durham and Champaign.
Jim was a devoted churchman, and a member of Hope Valley Baptist Church in Durham and Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church in Urbana. Years ago he learned sign language and shared his skills as interpreter to the hearing impaired in worship services. As a career musician, Jim loved classical music, and in recent years took an interest in genealogy. He adored his grandchildren and was the consummate family man.
Jim is survived by his wife of 55 years, Tommie Williams Calhoun; his children, Scott (Tracy) Calhoun of Coal Valley, IL, Julie (David) Stoops of Durham, NC and Joseph (Cheryl) Calhoun of Irvine, CA; his grandchildren, Lindsay and Caleb Calhoun, Laurel (Aaron) Dean, Hannah (Chase) Thompson, and Linnea and Emma Stoops; a great grandson, Dylan Dean; and sisters, Anita Hahs of Jackson, MO and Linda Greeson of Eldon, MO
Funeral services will be 1:30 PM Thursday from Hope Valley Baptist Church, with the Rev. Bill Bigger officiating. Burial in Maplewood Cemetery. Friends will be received in the church one hour prior to services. Memorial donations may be made to Hope Valley Baptist Church, 6900 Garrett Rd. Durham, NC 27707 or to Alzheimer’s Association, alz.org.

Condolences for the family of “James E. Calhoun”

Condolence from Linda and Emmett Ward on February 1st, 2016 1:33 pm

So sorry to hear of your loss. This is also a loss to everyone of us who knew him. Know that we support you with our prayers at this time.
Linda and Emmett Ward

Condolence from Ann Lindsey Ogle on February 1st, 2016 8:07 pm

I remember Jimmy as a serious music student. He was a quiet, pleasant person and a joy to be around.

Condolence from Alice ward bailey on February 1st, 2016 9:24 pm

So sorry to learn of jimmy’s passing. He was a wonderful young man with whom I shared many hours of music with I went to stare of no music competition reorwsenting our little high school of Parma mo and we both had a wonderful teacher me ivy Allen and what patience he has with us jimmy was a wonderful musician especiallyp with the b flat clarinet. God speed to you James Calhoun

Condolence from Chris Greenwood on February 2nd, 2016 7:08 am

So sorry to here about Jimmy passing. He was a wonderful person and my Dad George Greenwood had plenty of stories about their adventure growing up in southeast Mo. together. Although I Didn’t get to be around him much I was glad for the times I was able to. He will be missed.

Condolence from Lula Hickerson lay. on February 2nd, 2016 4:14 pm

So sorry to hear about Jimmy. I remember him as being friendly to everyone and his music ability. Prayers are with you.

Condolence from Sue Yagel on February 2nd, 2016 9:29 pm

Dear Tommie,
I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Calhoun’s death. May you be comforted by the many warm thoughts and prayers of us in Sparger Springs. We miss you but understand your need to relocate. You have many wonderful memories to keep close for comfort as you heal. May God bless and heal your heart.

Condolence from Tommie Calhoun on February 3rd, 2016 7:58 pm

Thank you so much for remembering us. Prayers are so important and are helping us through this difficult time.
Tommie and family

Condolence from Tommie Calhoun on February 3rd, 2016 8:10 pm

Thank you, Sue, for your words of sympathy. Our family has wonderful memories of our time at Sparger Springs and appreciate the way neighbors watched out for Jim.

Condolence from Rich and Marie Govert on February 3rd, 2016 10:30 am

Both of our children had Mr. Calhoun as their orchestra teacher in Urbana, and we served for years on the Music Boosters. We remember his unflappable personality and droll sense of humor. He was a mentor to our son Michael, who has taught stringed instruments for over 20 years now in Northbrook, IL. Jim was an amazing person, and an inspiration to the kids he taught for all those years in Urbana. Rich and Marie Govert

Condolence from Sarah Coleman on February 4th, 2016 7:46 am

Dear Calhoun Family- I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Calhoun’s loss! I want you to know that he inspired me as a musician to learn more, and as a student to practice harder. 🙂 I’m sure I have him more than my fair share of heartburn over that.
A teacher now, I understand the hours of preparation and dedication that he spent, and appreciate that so much. I also know the value of hearing those words from a student. Thank you for sharing your husband, father, brother, grandfather and church member with the UHS community! He inspired SO MANY, and promoted a lifetime of love for us all.
Sarah Coleman
Urbana High School Class of 1995

Condolence from Drew Wilkinson on February 5th, 2016 1:46 pm

Dear Calhoun Family,

So sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Calhoun. I bumped into him only occasionally years ago, but found him to be warm, loving and kind, and I appreciate the influence he and Scott have had on my life. My thoughts and prayers are with you as your mourn and celebrate his life.

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