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Homer E. Calhoun
  • September 24, 1942 - March 28, 2015
  • Bloomington, Illinois

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A Life of Greatness of Pastor Homer E. Calhoun, Sr..
~Obituary~
Born with a Purpose
On September 4, 1942, in Phenix City, Alabama, the Lord saw fit to bestow upon the union of Willis and Rosetta (Miles) Calhoun, a handsome baby boy whom they named Homer. As a child, Homer was groomed to walk with the Lord, steering him to accept Christ at an early age. He received his education from the public schools in Phenix City, AL.
While cherishing time and enjoying life, God decided to cross Homer's path with an angel by the name of Pearlie Mae Childs of Chicago, Illinois in 1962. Smitten by her intelligence and beauty, Pearlie was deemed the love of his life. On August 10, 1963, honoring their love and commitment for each other, they united in Holy Matrimony. In August of 1979, the Calhoun family moved to Bloomington, Illinois. To this union, seven children were born. Homer retired from IWU from the building service deptpartment after 20 years of employment.
Called for a Purpose
In 1991, Homer being the man of God that he was sent to be, received his calling from the Lord and entered into the ministry. Elder Homer and Evangelist Pearlie Calhoun started ministering together in 1992 and they gave birth to the Hour of Deliverance C.O.G.I.C. He started a radio and television program in 1993, and he was on WVEL AM 1140 in Peoria, Illinois every Saturday until his health began to fail.
Lived with a Purpose
Pastor Homer Calhoun loved God, family and church. He was known throughout the community. He would have worship service for the seniors living in Wood Hill Towers, visit the sick and shut-in at hospitals, nursing homes and in their homes. Pastor Calhoun loved singing with the United Gospel Singers and the Bloomington-Normal Mass Choir.
Purpose Fulfilled
On the 28th day of March in the year 2015, God's purpose for Pastor Homer Calhoun was fulfilled. He transitioned from his earthly labor to receive his heavenly reward. Those who preceded him in transition are his parents, seven siblings, one son, Clarence and granddaughter, Lena.
Left to celebrate the life, love and legacy of Pastor Homer Calhoun are his beloved wife of fifty-two years, Pearlie, six children, Timothy, Donna (Allison), Martha, Homer, Jr., Don, and Tina; eighteen grandchildren; thirty-two great-grandchildren; sister Jessie Mae Abery, Claudier Hollis, brothers John Calhoun and Willie Rozel Calhoun; special mother-in-law Violet Singleton; sister-in-law, Jimmiemae Calhoun; a host of nieces, nephews, others relatives, friends, and the Hour of Deliverance Church family.
His vibrant and loving disposition were hallmarks of his personality and will be forever missed by the many lives he touched. How great is our God to have blessed us with one who touched our lives, shared our dreams, and enriched our souls as Pastor Calhoun did. God be praised for a life well lived!