Thelbert R. Calhoun, 68, Theresa

THERESA, NY — Thelbert Ray Calhoun, 68, of County Route 18, Theresa, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, NY.

Born Dec. 10, 1950, in Coolidge, TX, one of thirteen children of William Taylor and Otheluia Lee Calhoun, he graduated from high school in Texas.

He entered the US Army in 1977, serving in Germany, Korea and Fort Drum, being honorably discharged in 1977.

Thelbert married Charlene Thomas on August 3, 1985 in Junction City, KS.  Charlene passed away March 9, 2018.

After retiring from the US Army, he worked for Tony’s Pizza, Salina, KS and then moved to NY where Charlene and Thelbert were owners and operators of Calhoun Cleaning Service, cleaning government quarters at Ft. Drum.  Also working for AAFES, Lowe’s and UPS, for a time.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Jerry Panama, Evans Mills, NY; five grandchildren, Dion Thomas, Tre Thomas and Lakesha Givian, all of Theresa, NY, Renee Thomas and Michael Thomas, Topeka, KS; eight great-grandchildren; eight sisters, Emma Mosely, Lorine Stewart (Charles), Ruth Moore, Ester McCoy (Ocie) and Jacquelyn Cox (Steve) all of Dallas, TX, Othelia Smith (Nelson) and Marva Matthews, both of Houston, TX and Valerie Calhoun, Mexia, TX; four brothers, James Calhoun (Florence) Groesbeck, TX, Willie Calhoun (Patricia) San Antonio, TX, Rhonny Calhoun, Dallas, TX and Johnny Calhoun (Barbara) Coolidge, TX; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

His parents, his wife Charlene, two sons, Troy Thomas and James Thomas, a daughter, Dorothy Jean Thomas, a brother, William Steve Calhoun (Vietnam War 1968) and a brother-in-law, Curtis Moore, all died previously.

Calling hours will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2019, at Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Theresa.  Burial will be in Brown-McGee Cemetery, Coolidge, TX.

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