Obituary of John Calhoun

John Herbert Calhoun, 75, husband of Eva J. Calhoun, died suddenly but peacefully in his sleep Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at his residence.


Born in Winnsboro, SC, February 25, 1943, he was the son of the late David Harris Calhoun and Pauline Bays Calhoun.


Mr. Calhoun was educated in the public schools of Sumter, and attended Columbia Bible College (CIU) and John Brown University.  He worked in Christian Education, radio and television.  He retired after many years as Reference Librarian at the Sumter County Library. 


At Calvary Bible Church, John loved playing the organ.  His favorite song was “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus.”  He also loved to paint and was painting a picture of a cow for Eva.  Each fall he and Eva went to the NC Mountains and thought, “We lift up our eyes unto the hills, from whence comes our help.  Our helps comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121).  John’s delight was also found in being “Papa” to Gracie and Michael. 


Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Joanna Calhoun Bieger (Andy); two grandchildren, Gracie and Michael Bieger all of Sumter; a brother, Dr. David Bays Calhoun (Anne), a niece, Isabel Farrar (Jon) a great niece, Zoe Farrar; a great nephew, Ian Farrar all of Botavia, IL; a nephew, Allen Calhoun (Mary Ann) of Danville, VA.


He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Harris Calhoun.


Graveside services will be held at 3 P.M. Friday in Sumter Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Richard Harris officiating.


The family will receive friends at the home.


Memorials may be made to Calvary Bible Church, 770 N. Wise Drive, Sumter, SC 29150 or to the Bible Broadcasting Network (BBN), P. O. Box 7300, Charlotte, NC 28241. 


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Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad Street, Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements (803) 775-9386.