Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

February 15, 2013

The Rev. Clay Lile Calhoon


Corsicana Daily Sun

— The Rev. Clay Lile Calhoon, 88, of Corsicana went to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.

He was born Dec. 14, 1924, in Hope, Ark. to Alvie Madison and Edith McClanahan Calhoon.

He married Opal Smith in 1945, and they celebrated 65 years of marriage prior to her death in 2010.

Lile served in the Marine Corps during World War II and was wounded in the conflict. God called him to preach at an early age, and he served at many churches throughout Texas and Arkansas. He retired from Northside Baptist Church, Baytown, in 1987 after 24 years as their pastor. He never stopped sharing about the love of God and the importance of salvation through Jesus Christ. Even when Alzheimer’s had taken most of his memory he would still stop residents and staff at Twilight Home to ask them if they believed in Jesus and wanted to be baptized.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Evelyn Calhoon Rogers; three brothers, George, Ray and Bruce; wife, Opal; and son, Randal Clay.

Sirvivors include his daughter, Debra Bigler of Corsicana; granddaughter, Melody Brown and her husband Dan of Corsicana; granddaughter, Misty Faircloth and her husband Patrick of Fort Campbell, Ky.; grandson, Mason Bigler and his wife Sarah of Mechanicsville, Va.; and three great grandchildren, Jasmin Faircloth, Nathan Brown, and Adam Bigler.

Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home in Hope, Ark.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home with Bro. Rusty Fuller officiating. Internment with military honors will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home.

The family wishes to thank the Twilight Home staff in Corsicana for their wonderful care and kindness during “Pawpaw’s” residency.

Arrangements by Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home, Hope, Ark.