Joe Calhoun Sr.
June 3, 1922 – January 6, 2020
Husband, father, and Pastor, Rev. Joe Calhoun left this earth on January 6, 2020 to rest in the arms of his savior Jesus Christ. He was born and raised in Hilliard, FL on June 3, 1922. After working on the railroad as a teenager, he proudly served his country in the Army during World War II. After being honorably discharged from the military, he returned to work on the railroad until 1956 when he acknowledged his call to ministry. He was ordained in 1960 and served his first pastorate at St. John Baptist Church of Orange Park, later serving as Pastor simultaneously to Hisbon Baptist Church of Hilliard and Harper Chapel of Yulee. In 1980, he married the love of his life Vivian Calhoun, who preceeded him in death. In 1984 Reverend Joe Calhoun was called to serve as pastor of New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. In May of 1998, after buying all the land surrounding the church, his vision of building a new church to accommodate his growing congregation came to pass. After 21 years of service as a pastor at New Bethlehem and 45 years total pastoring, he retired. He ordained 4 preachers and 15 deacons. He has served as 1st Vice Moderator of the Emmanuel Progressive Baptist Association and was an active member of the Baptist Ministers Alliance. Reverend Joe Calhoun has been honored and recognized for his ministerial service by former mayor John Peyton, former governor Jeb Bush, members of the Florida House of Representatives, and members of City Council. He was preceeded in death by his wife Vivian Calhoun, and son Ronald Calhoun. He leaves to cherish his life, four daughters and one son: Belinda Williams (Henry), Angelia Chavis (William), Alonda Billings (Darryl), Ramona Davis (Ezekiel), and Joe Calhoun Jr; ten grandchildren: Henry Williams III, Gabrielle Lyons(Geo), Devin Williams, Camielle Burks (Judge), Danielle Chavis, Janae Billings, Darryl Billings Jr, Nekeisha Davis (Charles), Anthony Patrick, Brandy Brown; and Eight great-grandchildren: Makayla Chavis, Gabriel Chavis, Jayce Williams, Makenna Lyons, Makiah Chavis, Arya Williams, Marlee Burks, Jori Lyons, Lavalkus Jordan, Anthony Patrick, Antonia Patrick, and Antina Patrick. He will be missed and always loved by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
- Visitation Wednesday, January 8, 2020
- Funeral Service Thursday, January 9, 2020
- Graveside Service Thursday, January 9, 2020
Joe Calhoun Sr.
January 9, 2020
I fondly remember Cousin Joe. We lost touch for a while after he moved out of his home. In November, I visited his church and he was there. He gave me his number but I couldn't reach him while in Jacksonville during Christmas. I remember our trips together to Philadelphia and Anchorage for our family reunions. We loved to be around him. Now he is at peace with the love of his life.
Delores M Woods
January 8, 2020
If only I had time to say what this humble servant of God meant to me. First of all, he was a real pastor who always had a great concern for his members. It was never about money to him. He always believed if he did what he was supposed to do, God would supply all of his needs. He was a true missionary, visiting the sick, shaving men trying to make sure his members had what was needed. He was so humble, it made me want to shower him with fine things because he almost never asked for anything. I am so honored to have chaired his appreciation for years, but especially his retirement celebration. He kept saying, "I can't believe all of these people are here for me. " Rest in Heaven, my Pastor. You have surely earned your time off. 👍👍🙏🙏❤❤
January 7, 2020
Ki'Arry Snodgrass (Powers)
January 7, 2020
I was sad to hear about the passing of Rev. Calhoun, but am also comforted in knowing that he is reaping his heavenly reward. I have very fond memories of Rev. Calhoun as a child into adulthood. My grandfather and him were both apart of Emanuel Progressive Baptist Association, so I would see him often. He was always smiling and very friendly. My great grandmother would attend the executive board meetings at the old New Bethlehem and bring me along, so I would sit in the back and do my homework. I can also recall my great grandmother making him sweet potato pies. I'm assuming he really enjoyed them, because he would always be looking for a slice when he came to Mt. Zion (Greenland.) I haven't seen him in years, but I'll never forget him or him waving at me or stopping to speak while in his white truck.
Sleep on Rev. Calhoun
January 7, 2020
My deepest love from your son Joe Calhoun Jr. & Shannon L Calhoun wife , daughter Jazmen D Calhoun & son Samuel J Calhoun . May God wrap you in his everlasting arms of peace and love . God Bless You All & Forever In My Prayers . Love Joey