James Roy "Jim" Calhoun, Jr.

August 23, 1952July 5, 2021

James (Jim) Roy Calhoun Jr, 68, of Waynesboro VA, passed away on July 5, 2021.

Jim was born in Columbus, Ohio to James Roy Calhoun Sr. and Alberta England Young Calhoun. He grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. He graduated from Hall High School (1970), and from the University of Arkansas (BA with honors in English, 1974, and an MA in English, 1978).

He was a husband of 41 years, a father, a brother, a poet, a master of the Ruy Lopez and French defense, an unashamed bibliophile, and 2008’s happiest sports fan (Phillies and Celtics championships).

Jim was an assistant editor at The Grapevine in Fayetteville, AR, a librarian and cataloguer at the Waynesboro Public Library, an IT specialist at Palais Royal, and an educator at St. Leo’s College, Norfolk State, Waynesboro High School and Blue Ridge Community College.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, John Calhoun. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Goss, and his son, Alec Calhoun (m. Casey Parrett).

A public memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Waynesboro, 565 Pine Ave., Waynesboro, VA on July 31, 2021 at 11 A.M.

Memorials may be given to the Waynesboro First Aid Crew (

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31 July

Memorial Service

11:00 am

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Waynesboro

Waynesboro, Virginia


James Roy "Jim" Calhoun, Jr.

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Patty Besom

July 18, 2021

Jim was in junior high school in Little Rock when I married his brother John. Our age gap was such that I thought of him as being my little brother, not as my brother-in-law. We kept in touch over the decades. Gradually, our visits were completely replaced with correspondence. Jim was an amazing writer. His astute observations of the human condition were acerbic, hilarious, and perfectly appropriate. I will miss all that.

Charlie Lawson

July 14, 2021

I knew Jim for many years as a friend and customer at my auto service shop. Jim was a class act and I always enjoyed seeing him and talking long after our business had concluded. Such a smart man with a deadly sense of humor that he would sneak up with on you. He will be missed...prayers and love to the family.

Judy Hevener

July 13, 2021

Dear Calhoun Family,

I had the privilege of teaching with Jim at Blue Ridge Community College. His love for English was evident the first time I met him years ago when he visited my English 11A class at Stuarts Draft High School to observe. I was teaching The Glass Menagerie the day he visited, and as the students were volunteering for reading parts, Jim asked if he might read a part as well. Both my students and I were pleased at his eagerness as a visitor to jump right into our classroom routine.

Jim and I had many interesting conversations about teaching English. I am confident that many students are better writers and thinkers for having had him as a teacher. I am glad to have known him and will keep you in my prayers as you mourn his death and celebrate his life.