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Clarence Ray Calhoun

October 12, 1922 - August 15, 2021

A celebration of his life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 19, 2021, at Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg with Rev. Jim Freeman and Rev. Kyle Clements officiating. Interment with follow at Fort Hill Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, or Union Christian Church.

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Clarence Ray Calhoun, 98, of Lynchburg, Virginia, passed away on Sunday, August 15, 2021. He was born in Lynchburg, Virginia on October 12, 1922, the son of the late Clarence H. Calhoun and Lola Hawkins Calhoun. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years, Bernice M. Calhoun and his sister and brother-in-law, Jean C. and Lawrence W. Falwell. He is survived by his son, C.W. “Bill” Calhoun, and wife Linda, his grandson W. Garth Calhoun and wife Erin, and great grandson W. Grady Calhoun, all of Madison Heights, Virginia.

Ray Graduated from E.C. Glass High School in 1941. Following his graduation from high school, Ray became employed with Southern Parts & Bearing Co., Inc. as an automotive machinist. After 10 years at Southern Parts, Ray purchased a Dodge Dealership in Lovingston, Virginia. After 15 years in the automotive business, Ray terminated his dealership and became associated with The Bank of Central Virginia (later Bank of Virginia and now BB&T). Ray retired from Bank of Virginia after 20 years where he has served as a Vice President, member of the local Bank Board, and Manager of the Madison Heights branch in Madison Heights, Virginia. Following his retirement from Bank of Virginia, Ray became associated with Community First Bank (later BB&T and now Truist Bank) where he served as an Assistant Vice President and Manager of the Madison Heights Office for 2 years. Following his association with Community First Bank, Ray served on the local BB&T Board in 1999 and 2000, and he was the past president of the Amherst County Chamber of Commerce.

Ray was a member (now closed) of Memorial Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for over 55 years where he had served as Trustee, Elder, and Chairman of the Official Board and Congregation on serval occasions. Following the closing of Memorial Christian, Ray became a member and attended Union Christian Church in Madison Heights, Virginia.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 19, 2021, at Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg with Rev. Jim Freeman and Rev. Kyle Clements officiating. Interment with follow at Fort Hill Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, or Union Christian Church.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

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I was blessed to know him and admired his character and loyalty to not only his family but to his friends. I have many wonderful memories of holiday gatherings over the years. The service was a great tribute to a great man! He will surely be missed …RIP Ray …what an amazing life you lived! Love and prayers to Bill, Linda, Garth, Erin and Grady!

Posted by Bonnie Knight on August 20, 2021

I'm sorry to hear Mr. Calhoun passed away. I remember hearing so many great stories my mother, Ellie Kirby, would tell of her time working with Ray at the Bank of Central Virginia. I enjoyed sitting with him and my mother as they reminisced about their time together. I will miss him.

Posted by Denise Adams-Elliott on August 19, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear of Mr. Calhoun's passing. He was such a sweet and kind man. My prayers are with you all during this time. I will miss seeing him come in the dealership. Love, Nickie Johns Dominion of Bedford

Posted by NICKIE JOHNS on August 19, 2021

Bill and Linda, We are sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Calhoun. Our prayers will be with you during this time. Love, Mary Catherine and Don

Posted by Mary Williams on August 17, 2021

Bill and Linda, My deepest sympathies to you on the passing of Ray. He was someone who I had the utmost respect and admiration for. I am currently overseas so am not able to attend the funeral. With my highest regards, Bob Mayberry

Posted by Bob Mayberry on August 17, 2021

Bill and Linda, My deepest sympathies to you on the passing of Ray. He was someone who I had the utmost respect and admiration for. I am currently overseas so am not able to attend the funeral. With my highest regards, Bob Mayberry

Posted by Bob Mayberry on August 17, 2021

Bill, I was sorry to see that your Dad had passed away. I always knew his new car because of CRC tag on his car. Please also tell your Mom of my sorrow. God Bless you and the entire family. Gary

Posted by Gary DuPriest on August 16, 2021

Linda,Bill and Family, We are so sorry for the loss of your father. He lived a great life but it is hard to lose your parents. We Love all of you. Lawrence and Lorrie

Posted by Lawrence and Lorrie Keffer on August 16, 2021

Bill, Linda and family....I am saddened to know that I will not see and talk with Ray here on earth any longer but will see him one day in heaven. Y'all have been blessed to have Ray here for his almost 99 years. Ray has been a fine gentleman and I highly admire and respect him and looked forward to our talks each morning chatting over coffee at McDonalds. The round table is not the same and the coffee gang greatly misses him. May our God be your Comforter as you adjust to life without his presence. Sincerely, Carol

Posted by Carol Sargeant on August 16, 2021

Bill and Linda I am so sorry for your loss. It sounded like he led a wonderful life. Keeping u in my prayers

Posted by Diane McCormick on August 16, 2021

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