Walker Calhoun, 93, of Cherokee went to his heavenly home on March 28, 2012 following an extended illness. He was a resident of the Big Cove Community and was well known for his knowledge and practice of the Cherokee traditions.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Morgan Calhoun and Sally A. Lossiah Calhoun; his wife of 52 years, Evelyn Hornbuckle Calhoun; sons, Lowell Henry “PeeWee” Calhoun, and Andrew Calhoun; and daughter, Maggie Calhoun.
He is survived by his sons, William Patrick Calhoun, Morgan Calhoun and wife, Clara, Danny Calhoun and wife, Leitha, Hayes Calhoun and wife, Kim, and Jay Calhoun. He is also survived by his daughters, Bernice Bottchenbaugh and husband, Rick, and Jennifer Calhoun and companion, Clyde Taylor; and daughter-in-law, Velma Calhoun; thirty four grandchildren, fifty-three great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren.
A public visitation was held at the Cultural Arts Center at Cherokee Central Schools on Friday, March 30 from 11am – 4pm. The body was then taken to his residence in Big Cove and remain there until the service hour of 2pm on March 31. The funeral service was conducted at the home with the Rev. James “Bo” Parris officiating. Burial followed at the Walker Calhoun Cemetery. Pall Bearers were family and friends.
Long House Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. An online memorial is available at www.longhousefuneralhome.com.