Willadean Smith Calhoun, known to many as “Aunt Dean,” a native of Grove Hill, was born to the parentage of the late Katie Pugh and Sam Smith Feb. 6, 1925 in Winn.
At an early age, Sis. Calhoun accepted Christ and united with the Berry’s chapel AME Zion Church in Winn, under the leadership of the Rev. Otha L. Thomas. Sis. Calhoun was employed by the Clarke County Board of Education, where she drove a school bus for many years until her retirement.
On June 17, 1944, she was united in marriage to John Lee Calhoun. To their union two children were born, Jackie and Mary Lynn.
Willadean loved hunting and driving those buses filled with children. Her heart was in her family coming together.
Preceded in death by her husband; her brothers, Condy Smith, Nathan Smith and Wesley Smith; and sister, Lula Turner.
Cherishing her special memories is her loving son, Deacon Pervis (Emmie Jean) Calhoun; daughter, Sis. Mary (Bishop Theodore) Law, both of Grove Hill; two sisters, Melvadean jDean of Mobile and Bertha Howze of Waterloo, Iowa; four grandchildren, Sylvia Daffin and Tywanya Law-Lytton, Maurice Calhoun of Jackson and Min. Nataki (Zonya) Law of McClain, Miss.; 10 great-grandchildren, Tal’ya, LaTreasure, Jalen, Torrence, Tiara, Shantera, Jalexia, Earlisha, Braxton and Bryceton; six great-great-granchild; nieces and nephews; two sisters-in- law,Annie Parham of south Carolina and Mattie Calhoun of Detroit,MI.; two brothers-in-law, Collin (Delois) Calhoun of Grove Hill and Hollious (Claudine) Calhoun of Ozark;a loving and special niece, Dorothy Robinson of Grove Hill.
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