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

Born on Feb. 25, 1943, in Winnsboro, he was a 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 North Carolina mountains and thought, "We lift up our eyes unto the hills, from whence comes our help. Our help 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 of Sumter; a daughter, Joanna Calhoun Bieger (Andy) of Sumter; two grandchildren, Gracie and Michael Bieger, both of Sumter; a brother, Dr. David Bays Calhoun (Anne) of Botavia, Illinois; a niece, Isabel Farrar (Jon) of Botavia; a great-niece, Zoe Farrar of Botavia; a great-nephew, Ian Farrar of Botavia; and a nephew, Allen Calhoun (Mary Ann) of Danville, Virginia.

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

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday at 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 St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.