Our Staff

W. Byron Calhoun

President - Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

W. Byron Calhoun is President of Calhoun Funeral Home & Cremation Service, LLC.  He has been a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and Life Insurance Agent for over 15 years.

Before moving to Cleveland, he worked with his father, William Calhoun, as a Director with The Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home, Inc. in Akron.

Byron received his AAS from The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, his BA from Morehouse College, and his MBA from Baldwin Wallace College School of Business.

Byron has received numerous awards for his community involvement, evidenced by his volunteer service on many charitable boards, including the Akron Urban League, Child Guidance Center and Family Solutions and The Kappa Foundation. He is a proud member of The House of the Lord Church, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and The Morehouse College National Alumni Association.

His wife Alison Graves-Calhoun is a PhD, Principal Scientist with Medtronic, Inc. and together they have one daughter, Amaia.

Arthur Baker, Jr.

Vice President

Arthur Baker is a licensed Stockbroker, Life/Health Insurance Agent and a professional Realtor. Families value his sales, management, human resources and legal knowledge.

A graduate from Cleveland State University, Arthur then received a Master’s of Science in Organization Development from Case Western Reserve University.

Arthur has served on Boards for the Greater Cleveland Growth Association, City of Cleveland Small Business/Minority Incubator, City of Mayfield Heights Tax Incentive Council, East Suburban Housing Council, Black Professionals Association, NAACP, United Way, Cleveland Opera, Karamu House, East High School Alumni Association, Case Western Reserve Alumni, Marcus Garvey Academy Middle School, Lane Metropolitan C.M.E. Church, National Brotherhood of Skiers and the Great Lakes Pinochle Club.

Allen M. Siverls

Managing Funeral Director - Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, CFSP

Allen Siverls, CFSP is the Managing Funeral Director at Calhoun Funeral Home and Cremation Services.  He holds a Funeral Directors and Embalmers License in three states and is Life Insurance Licensed.

He received his MBA from Clarkson University and a BA from St. Lawrence University.  He has an Associate’s Degree in Applied Technical Science from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

Allen was previously the President & CEO of The Triumph Group, LLC, a funeral home Consulting Company; President & COO, VP of Corporate Development and VP of Operations for Concord Family Services, a funeral home Management & Acquisition Company; Territory Manager for Batesville Casket Company; New York District Sales Manager & Philadelphia District Sales Manager for American Greetings Company.

He is a Lifetime Member of the National Black MBA Association, the National Sales Network, the National Funeral Directors and Mortician Association, the American Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP), and Toastmasters International.

Allen also completed the Strategic Planning Certification Courses with the American Management Association, Executive Training at Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, and Corporate Strategic Planning at The University of Chicago.

Fredricka “Dee” Jones

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer - Rockside Location Manager

Fredricka “Dee” Jones is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer at Calhoun Funeral Home & Cremation Service.  She holds a License in both Ohio and Pennsylvania with a License in Life/Health Insurance.

She received her BA in Biology from Kent State University and is finishing her Master’s in Forensic Science and also a Master’s in Educational Leadership.  Dee has an Associate’s Degree in Applied Specialized Technology from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science (PIMS) where she was Salutatorian and Class President of Class #124.

Dee is a lifetime member of the Mu Sigma Alpha Honors fraternity at PIMS where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.  She is also a member of City Reach Church Cleveland where she serves on the Worship Team.  Dee was also recognized by the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association for being mortuary student recovery volunteer for 9/11 in Shanksville.

Dee enjoys spending time with her family and daughter, Alexa

James Preston Stewart

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer, Lead Director - Akron

Shaniqua D. Cole

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

Shaniqua D. Cole was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.  She earned her Associate of Arts as well as Sciences, at the Cuyahoga Community College, June, 2012.  Soon after, she earned her Associate in Applied Mortuary Science at The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, then off to her Bachelor in Mortuary Science, December, 2013.  Shaniqua is a proud, licensed, Funeral Director and Embalmer in the state of Ohio.  She is dedicated in volunteering in her community and helping children; she has been a volunteer at a local daycare center for over 8 years.  Shaniqua is so passionate on helping children that she plans on opening her own daycare center in the near future.  Shaniqua enjoys spending time with her “bouncing baby boy ” Ethan, family and friends.

Kymberly Upchurch

Licensed Funeral Director/Lakeshore Office Manager

Kymberly Upchurch is a Licensed Apprentice Embalming and Funeral Director as well as the Office Manager of our Lakeshore location. She graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University before attending Cincinnati School of Mortuary Science.  Prior to working at Calhoun, Kym gained experience with Naegeles Funeral Home in Cincinnati.

Kym enjoys spending time with her three wonderful children and family.

Linda D. White

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.  She is a graduate of East High (Blue Bombers) in Cleveland, Ohio.  Linda graduated from Cuyahoga Community College, received her Associate in Law Enforcement.

She was employed with Cuyahoga County Department of Human Services for over 22 years, where she retired to go back to school for a second career in the funeral industry.

She received her Associate and Bachelor of Arts Degrees from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, she brings knowledge and experience with her from working in the funeral industry for over 16 years.

She attends New Life Gospel Center, where as she is very active in the church serving as a Board Member, Deaconess and Altar attendant.

She has received various awards for her involvement in and around the community.

She is a devoted wife, mother, grandmother.

Kimberly Hudson

Funeral Director Apprentice

Christian Gaines

Christian Gaines, born and raised in Akron, Ohio graduated from Buchtel High School where he played football, wrestled, ran track, and was a member of the National Honor Society. Christian continued his academic and athletic career earning a Bachelor of Arts degree at Baldwin Wallace University, where he also became President of Men in Action.

Christian is very involved in the community and believes in the social development and advancement of the youth. Christian served as a mentor for the BW Scholars, an Instructional Aide, and a Behavior Specialist for underprivileged kids in the Akron and Cleveland area. Christian is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, where he has dedicated time volunteering in the community. Christian exhibits leadership qualities, a hard work ethic, and a devoted commitment to excellence.

 

Jennifer Jones

Debbie Biggins

Insurance Specialist/Rockside Office Manager

Debbie Biggins works part time at Calhoun Funeral Home as the Insurance Specialist and Office Manager of our Rockside location. She is a retired Vice President of KeyBank Corp and the owner of Exquisite Floral Design. Her work has been featured in the Plain Dealer and the Painesville News for her exquisite and beautiful designs.

Debbie is married to Donald Biggins and the mother of 3 children.

Reverend Marvin J. Walker

Driver Scheduling and Maintenance Manager

Reverend Marvin J. Walker is a Cleveland native and has dedicated himself to serving his community.

Rev. Walker is a graduate of East Tech High School. He attended Cuyahoga Community College, The Warren Bible School and the Cleveland Police Academy, for Supervisory training. Rev. Walker retired from the City of Cleveland, Division of Police.

As a former pastor, he is the first Vice President of Christian Education for the Progressive Baptist District. Rev. Walker is on the faculty of the National Baptist Congress, USA, Inc. as an Instructor in Department of Theology. He is a minister at the Second Ebenezer Baptist Church and a member of Cleveland’s SCLC and NAACP.

He was elected to the County’s Democratic Party’s Executive committee and is the Secretary of the Baptist Pastor’s Council.

He is married to Mary Liggins Walker and is the proud father of two children and two grandchildren.

Cynthia P. Owens

Lakeshore Administrative Manager

Cynthia Porter Owens a native of Montezuma, Georgia.  Attended the D.F. Douglas High School and graduated with honors.

Cynthia attended Sinclair Community College, In Dayton, Ohio and graduated with an Associate Degree in Business Administration.

Cynthia brings to the Calhoun Funeral Home twenty-six years of banking and Customer Service Experience.

Cynthia is the wife of Dr. A.L. Owens, Senior Pastor of the Second Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church.  Mother of one Son Bishop Brandon L. Owens and a Grandmother of three.

Rev. Theresa A. Farr

Aftercare & Grief Recovery Specialist

Vivian M. Mitchell

Aftercare and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist

Vivian M. Mitchell has been with Calhoun Funeral Home for over a year. In 2010, she retired from her full time career after 39 years of service.

A strong Christian and a devoted wife for 42 years, Vivian is a mother to three the youngest of which has gone to be with the Lord and a grandmother to five.

Valorie R. Austin

Funeral Service Associate

Valorie  Austin brings 32 years of State experience to Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home & Cremation Service.  Valorie graduated from the University of Akron with an Associates Degree in Business Management.  Valorie is the proud Mother of two adult children Damien D. Hill and Kevin Bryant Hill. She has received awards for involvement in and around the community.

Evelyn Glenn

Funeral Service Associate

Evelyn Glenn is a proud Clevelander, born and raised within the city. She’s a graduate of John Hay High School, who subsequently went on to become a licensed phlebotomist through the Cleveland Institute of Dental and Medical Assistance. Evelyn is an employee for the State of Ohio, in addition to Calhoun Funeral Home. Here she helps grieving families get through difficult times with love and compassion. Evelyn’s a mother of three, parishioner of The Word Church, as well a committed volunteer at Faith Community United Credit Union.

Lana Hill

Funeral Service Associate

Lana is a long way from home a native from “Jamaica” and is now a Naturalized Citizen of the United States of America. She has worked for over fifteen years in Office Administration in Jamaica.

Lana also brings sixteen years of banking experience from Dollar Bank and Key Corp. and over twenty-five years of Customer Service and Supervisory experience to the Calhoun Funeral Home.

The University of Technology in Jamaica is where Lana attended school for Management Studies, and Tri-C where she pursued Computer Studies. Lana is also a Notary Public for the State of Ohio.

Lana is a member of the Warrensville Community Baptist Church, where she’s been in the Financial Secretary for over ten years, also a Trustee and a member of the Usher Board.

Lana is married with four lovely children and four dynamic grandchildren and a proud Military Mom

Neisha Perry-Jackson

Funeral Service Associate

Neisha Jackson is a native Clevelander and a graduate of John Adams High School.  She brings over 50 years of customer service and office administration experience from private, corporate and non-profit sectors to the Calhoun family.  Neisha obtained a multi-disciplinary under-graduate degree in Business and Human Resources from Capital University, Master of Arts in Psychology specializing in Diversity Management from Cleveland State University and Certification from NTL (National Training Laboratories) Institute for Applied Behavioral Science.

Neisha received her first experience in office administration and was the first black to run the front office of the Shaker Heights Country Club in 1965.  She retired from ALCOA in 2003 after 30 years of service.  In 2005 she volunteered with the Cleveland Branch of the NAACP where she became the Assistant Director in 2006.

She is on Trustee Board for the Real Gospel Missionary Baptist Church, member of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), V.P. of the Alcoa 25 yr. Club and volunteered with the State of Ohio Ombudsman and Cuyahoga Hill Boys School.

Neisha has two children and six grandchildren.  Her daughter and son (in-law) reside in Snellville, Ga with their three sons and her son and three daughters reside in Cleveland.

Lynn Mauldin

Funeral Service Associate

Susan Lynn Mauldin is a native of Bluefield, West Virginia and moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1968.  She graduated from East High School moving onto work at Metro Health Hospital for 9 years as a Medical Assistant.  Susan then transferred to Cleveland Clinic where she has continued to flourish for the past twenty years, in the pharmacy Department as a Revenue Cycle Specialist.

Susan’s love of caring for others lead her to working for The Calhoun Funeral Home.  Her passions doesn’t end there, Susan also enjoys to bake with her specialties being wedding and birthday cakes.

Susan is a devoted member of St. Timothy Baptist Church.

Susan is the proud mother of three wonderful children and five grandchildren.

Ariel Milner

Funeral Service Associate

Ariell attended Garfield Heights High School, where she graduated in 2014. She is a senior at Tiffin University studying Forensic Science for her Bachelor’s Degree. At Tiffin University, she functions as the Vice President of Black United Students and Secretary of The Student African American Sisterhood of Excellence.

Ariell worked in the Murphy Academic Center as an English and Chemistry Tutor on campus during her junior year. She currently works on campus as a Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Leader for the English course, Rhetoric & Introduction to Research Writing. She’s also a Teacher’s Assistant for the courses, General Chemistry I Lab and General Biology I Lab, and is a Resource Center Worker in the Office of Equity, Access & Opportunity. On her breaks from college, Ariell is an intern at The Calhoun Funeral Home.

 

Shermaine (Sherry) Oliver

Funeral Service Associate

Sherry brings over 32 years of corporate experience to Calhoun Funeral Home & Cremation Service.  An expert in personnel, human resources, support services, and public affairs, Sherry’s experiences help her meet the needs of families that entrust us with the care of their love ones.

Sherry attends Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church and is President of the Deaconess Board.  She sits on the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Executive Board, and is a member of the National Action Network and NAACP organizations.

Andrea L. Shakoor

Funeral Service Associate

Andrea L. Shakoor comes to Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home with over 30 years of Customer Service and health insurance experience in Corporate America. Her desire is to encourage all those who come across her path and exemplifies that with the family she serves.  Her favorite scripture is “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope”.

Andrea enjoys spending time with her children and family.

Otelia E. Simmons

Funeral Service Associate

Mrs. Otelia E. Simmons fondly known as “ Tele” has lived in Akron for 64 years . Upon completing High School and attending College, Otelia married Joe and has been happily married for 41 years.

Otelia and her husband Joe have two beautiful daughters Nikki and Elaine, they have two grandsons Jordan and Jalen who she loves spending time with along with the rest of her family.

“Tele” was employed at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. For 34 years before retiring in 2005 prior to becoming an Office Administrator at Stewart & Calhoun in February 7, 2010.

Abundant Faith Ministries C.O.G.I.C. is Otelia’s place of worship where she holds the position of President of Y.P.W.W, Funeral Coordinator and is also a member of the Announcement Committee.

Traveling and bowling is a hobby of hers and being with her family is her biggest interest.

Tele” has known the Calhoun family the majority of her life, therefore it was no hesitation to become a member of the Calhoun Funeral Home Family after retiring .

 

Denise Simms

Funeral Service Associate

Denise E. Simms was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.  The only child of the late Dennis and Regina Parks

A graduate of Martin Luther King Law and Public Magnet High School, Denise attended Cuyahoga Community College where she majored in psychology, receiving her Associate of Art Degree.  She is currently continuing her education at Cleveland State University majoring in Criminology, earning her Bachelor’s Degree.

In her spare time she loves shopping for clothes and shoes , traveling, and spending time with her grandmother Mrs. Ruby Henderson.

Denise helps support our families through her kind spirit, understanding heart, compassion, and her readiness to go above and beyond for whomever she encounters.

Melanie Treece

Funeral Service Associate

Melanie Treece is a graduate of East High School where she played sports and majored in cooperative office education.  She is currently employed full-time with the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office as a Case Manager and part-time with the Calhoun Funeral Home.  Melanie is a member of the Nation of Islam where she takes pride in her spiritual studies.  She is a mother and grandmother and is active in her community.

Natalie Turner

Funeral Service Associate

Natalie Turner was born and raised in Akron, OH. She graduated from South High School .  She is retired from AT&T with 35 years of service.  She has been with Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home for 12 years.

She is married to Gerald Turner and they are the proud parents of 7 children, 14 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She has been a member of Zion Apostolic Faith Church for 50 years, serving as Sunday School teacher, Missionary Society, and retiring as minister of music for 25 years. She and her husband enjoy ministering and helping those in need, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Latifa Norma Wilson

Funeral Service Associate

Latifa Norma Wilson has a wealth of experience in office administration from the public and private sector and an extensive background in interpersonal communications with bereaved individuals. For over 20 years, Latifa has excelled in providing prompt customer service and efficient office management.  She is  also a professional photographer and loves to capture the best in everyone.

A graduate of East High School and attended Tri-C and John Carroll University. She  walks to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, Breast Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus and The Ministry of Hope AIDS Awareness.

She and her husband, Kenneth, have four adult children:  Nicole, Mario, Kevin and Leslie.

 

Dietrich E. Brown

Funeral Service Associate

Melvin Edwards

Funeral Service Associate

Melvin Edwards has been a small business owner for eight years and a supervisor at Hospital Specialty Company for the past fourteen years.  Melvin is a native Clevelander and a graduate of East High School.

He attends Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

Raynell E. Finney

Funeral Service Associate

Raynell Finney has worked for Stewart & Calhoun for 10 years. She has lived in Akron for 64 years and has 2 children and 8 grandchildren.  They are her World!   She loves working in her garden.

Gregory Freeman

Funeral Service Associate

Mr. Freeman is a representative of our Maintenance Crew and Transfer Team bringing a wealth of knowledge, skill and compassion when interacting with families.

Gregory was born and raised in Cleveland and proud graduate of John F Kennedy High School and Cuyahoga Community College.

Thirty years of experience in Maintenance is what Gregory brought to Calhoun Funeral Home, and it shows by the pride he takes in completing each task assigned to him.

Mr. Freeman has a wife LaTanya, the couple are dedicated parents of one daughter and three sons, not omitting their four precious grandchildren.

When you speak of a Dapper Gentleman, everyone knows Mr. Freeman who has a passion for “Fashion”. He is the son of Herman and Beatrice Freeman.

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church was Gregory’s home for 15 years, He is now a dedicated member of Greater Whitestone Baptist Church respectfully.

Antonio Harris

Funeral Service Associate

Antonio Harris is a proud Cleveland native who attended West Tech High School.  He worked for twelve years in the environment services department at Metro Health Hospital before joining the team here at The Calhoun Funeral Home.

Mr. Harris is the father of four and enjoys spending time with family and friends and riding his Harley Davidson.

Ralph Lee

Funeral Service Associate

Marlon Oden

Marlon has six years of Military experience serving in the U.S. Army/ National Guard, spending time at Fort Knox Kentucky, Fort Lee Virginia, and some time in Honduras before his Honorable Discharge as a Spec-4.

He also was a Safety Team Member for Akron Public Schools from 2008-2013 where he assisted many youth with the daily challenges of navigating their way through an urban school environment.

Marlon has been an OHSAA Official for 11 years (Basketball & Football) and still officiates to this day. In addition, he was Deputy Commissioner for Akron Parent Peewee football league from 2001-2007.

Marlon’s son was an original member of Alchemy, beginning in 6th grade until his college graduation. Marlon became a huge fan of Alchemy due to his recognizing the impact the process had on his son. Marlon initially started with Alchemy as a liaison between the schools, students and Alchemy.

Voncille Oliver

Funeral Service Associate

Voncille Oliver is currently studying to become a licensed mortician at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Having worked for United Airlines, Brecksville Clinic and several funeral homes in Cleveland and Pittsburgh, she brings corporate, health and funeral home experience to Calhoun.

Her dedication to quality service, understanding of customer needs and anticipation of mourners’ concerns are a few of the many positive impressions Voncille makes on Calhoun Funeral Home families.

Steven Dan Reed

Funeral Service Associate

Worked 27 years for the USPS and retired as a mail carrier, serving the community.   I have 4 children and 10 grandchildren.

Derek Richerson

Funeral Service Associate

Rasheed Shabazz

Funeral Service Associate

Rasheed Shabazz first worked with Mr. Calhoun at Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home in Akron before joining the Calhoun Funeral Home in Cleveland.

After 16 years in the funeral industry, Rasheed is currently in pursuit of his Mortician license upon completion of Mortuary School.

Rasheed was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps and has been a dedicated member of the Nation of Islam for over 25 years.

David C. Shannon

Funeral Service Associate

Mr. David Shannon was born and raised in Cleveland and has lived in Maple Hills for the past 20 years.  He graduated John F. Kennedy High School before serving in the United States Air Force.  Since being honorably discharged, he has worked in the Cleveland community with the goal of giving back to his hometown.

He has been married for 25 years.

Tina Rice

Marketing Specialist & Brand Ambassador

Tina Rice is President of T Rice Communications with over 25 years of corporate marketing and media experience. After a successful career with Viacom, CBS and Radio One, she started her own company in 2007. Tina has worked on creative local marketing campaigns for Dr. Pepper, Coca-Cola and T-Mobile.

Tina is responsible for the placement of the first “Fully Wrapped” Bus on the streets of Cleveland for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. Tina is committed to connecting small business owners with corporate partners to decrease the disparities in the business community.

Tina is the acting Marketing Director for the Christian Business League and a proud Glenville High School Tarblooder.

Minister Leon Atkins

Funeral Service Associate

Leon Atkins worked for thirty years for The Lake County Commissioners.  He tired as the Assistant Superintendent of the Lake County Garage.

Leon currently attends Lakeland Community College part-time and is an active member of union Pentecoatsl Church, under the leadership of Bishop James Koonce.

A graduate of Spring Garden Automotive Institute with an Automotive Certification (three and a half years).

Past President of the Lake County N.A.A.C.P.

Proud father of four daughters and grandfather of seven

Ronald Bass

Funeral Service Associate

Ronald Bass is a lifetime resident of Cleveland. He majored in Physical Education at Ohio University and was manager of Sterling Recreation Center for 30 years before retiring in 2007. He also worked for 11 years as a Public Safety Dispatcher at Cuyahoga Community College.

He is a certified basketball referee with the state of Ohio. He often transported young adults to major sporting events, such as games with the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Cleveland Indians sponsored by the city.

Donald Biggins

Funeral Service Associate

Donald Biggins brings professional landscaping, transportation and sales management experience to Calhoun.

A graduate of East Technical High School, Donald attended Case Western Reserve University and Cuyahoga Community College where he majored in Physical Education, Law Enforcement and Sales.

An active supporter of scholarship programs with the East Technical High School Alumni Association, Donald’s work ethic, attention to detail and dependability are assets he shares with families served by Calhoun Funeral Home.

Curtis E. Butts

Funeral Service Associate

Marlene K. Davis

Funeral Service Associate

Janice O. Davis

Funeral Service Associate

Minister Rosa M. Dortch-Robinson

Funeral Service Associate

A graduate of Akron South High School where I served as vice-President senior class of 1974.

I attended Central State University working in the Athletic Department as assistant to the Basketball and football coaches, pledging Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. serving as Basileus of Chi Beta Chapter for 3 years.

 

After graduating from Central State University with Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Minor in Data Processing, I relocated to Atlanta, GA working in various Management Positions. After moving back to Akron, OH I was employed with Summa health Systems working in the Cardiology Department.

 

In 2004, Pastor Curtis A. Minter licensed me to preach the gospel. I also directed the “LET’S BE DRUG FREE” outreach ministry.  With honors in the community I graduated in the 1st class of Neighborhood Leadership Institute of Summit County (NLISC) sponsored by United Way and served with Ameri-Corp Vista, through the East Akron Community house under the leadership of Cazzel Smith.

 

In my retirement I LOVE serving families and I believe if I can help somebody My Living is not in vain! It is an honor to serve with Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home “The Home That service Built”.

Manley Dunbar

Funeral Service Associate

Manley D. Dunbar was born in Cleveland and christened at Antioch Baptist Church.

A graduate of John Adams High School, Manley attended Kent State University and completed his education at Cleveland State University. He achieved success in the field of housing and real estate as the co-founder of Parkhill Realty.

When Congress passed the first Section 8 Housing Assistance Bill, Manley was appointed the first Director of the program and finished his career as Specification Specialist for the Ohio Turnpike Commission at the Headquarters in Berea.

Manley was the first African-American appointed to the National Leased Housing Association based in Washington, D.C. and served on the Board of Housing and Redevelopment Officials as a Certified Property Manager.

He was an active board member of Campbell Court, a senior housing complex in Shaker Heights.

Now Manley sings in the Antioch Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir and is a member of The John Adams Black Heritage Alumni Association. He is also a devoted husband, father and stepfather.

Curtis A. Franklin

Funeral Service Associate

Curtis Franklin is a Shaker Heights graduate and holds a B.S. from Indiana State University.  He is currently employed with the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Juvenile Division as a Detention Officer, Probation Officer, and Youth Development Coordinator.  He is a member of Kappa-Alpha psi Fraternity Inc., Kappa Guide Right Youth Program, Youth Mentor, “Lionel Reed” Sunbeam School Xmas Gift Program, and “Lamont S. Johnson Kappa Choir”.  Curtis attends Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, where he is a member of the Male Chorus, the Anniversary Choir and Church Security Team.

Reverend Gregory L. Gilbert

Funeral Service Associate

Reverend Gregory L. Gilbert is a native of Cleveland.

Rev. Gilbert is a graduate of Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights Public School System.  He attended the American Baptist College and is an ordained minister and member of Greater Galilee Baptist Church.

Rev. Gilbert and his wife, Betty, visit nursing homes and rehab facilities weekly and carry out church service for elderly and infirmed.  They visit the sick and shut-ins in hospitals.

Rev. Gilbert, along with his recently departed father, William H. Gilbert, Sr. owned and operated Gilbert and Gilbert Construction, LLC performing all phases of masonry for residential and commercial projects. During the winter months Rev. Gilbert operate Gilbert and Gilbert Snow Removal.

He and his wife Betty Marcus-Gilbert are proud parents of two sons and one daughter.  They have two grandchildren.

Norma J. Graves

Funeral Service Associate

Robert M. Heard, Sr.

Funeral Service Associate

Robert M. Heard, Sr. is the immediate past chairman and current member of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Board of Education. He worked for State Farm Insurance Company as a bodily injury adjuster and fraud investigator for 20 years.

Robert earned his BA from Cleveland State University and his title of Fellow from the Broad Institute. He completed the Executive Leadership Program for Educators at Harvard University and has been an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity since 1970.

He and his wife, Gennorris, resides in the Historic Wade Park District of Cleveland with their two daughters.

Eddie Johnson

Funeral Service Associate

James Jordan

Funeral Service Associate

Ronald L. Latson

Funeral Service Associate

Burnell R. Miller

Funeral Service Associate

Burnell has been an associate with Calhoun Funeral Home for three years. He is a 1976 graduate of John Hay High School and attended Ohio and Cleveland State Universities.

A Cleveland native and an avid Browns, Cavaliers, and Indians fan, Burnell also works with R.T.A. and the Cleveland Browns stadium.

Burnell is a member of The Historic Greater Friendship Baptist Church.

Reverend Henry M. Mitchell

Funeral Service Associate

Reverend Henry M. Mitchell worked at General Motors for 41 years, but his true calling is serving the Lord. Reverend Henry has been in ministry for 43 years and a Pastor for 27 years, 19 of which have been at Faith United Baptist Church. He serves as the First Vice President of the Calvary Hill Baptist District Association of Ohio.

Reverend Henry and his wife Vivian have been married for 42 years. Together they had three children, the youngest of which has gone to be with the Lord, and five grandchildren.

George Mixon

Funeral Service Associate

George Mixon brings a professional demeanor and strong work ethic to Calhoun Funeral Home.

A graduate of Cuyahoga Community College, George served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He was the owner and operator of a barbershop for 24 years, and worked as a letter carrier for the U.S. Post Office where he retired after 37 years.

He is a member of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, an avid ballroom dancer, and enjoys bike riding and roller-skating.  He is a widower and has three wonderful children.

Willie Nicholson

Funeral Service Associate

Ronald Noel

Funeral Service Associate

Jamal Oden

Funeral Service Associate

Jamal Oden offers a sense of security and comfort to the families we serve. He has been the Owner/Operator of a community-based Life Center working with youth and families since 1977.

Jamal and his wife, Debra are members of East View United Church of Christ, in Shaker Heights. He serves as Deacon and works with Debra in the Christian Education Department.

Steven Oliver

Funeral Service Associate

Stephen Oliver relocated to Cleveland one year ago and joined the Calhoun Family as a Driver/Associate and has employed here just under a year.

Steve was born in Cleveland, Oh to Donald and Sherry Oliver. He grew up in Orange Village and attended Orange High School.

He later graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Oh with an English Major in Creative Writing and a Minor in Classical studies and Italian Language & Literature.

Columbus, Oh was Steve’s home for eleven years as an Executive/Corporate Recruiter before moving to Chicago, IL for six years. We at Calhoun Funeral Home welcomed Steve back home and an opportunity to be part of the Calhoun Family.

 

Heidi Redd

Funeral Service Associate

Heidi Redd has been a Licensed Social Worker with the State of Ohio since 1984 and has worked in many capacities in community service. A graduate of Tri-C, she is currently in the Theology Program at Ursuline College.  Heidi offers families knowledge on how to cope during life’s most difficult moments.

She is married to Bilal Akram and has four children and ten grandchildren.

Gerald E. Turner

Funeral Service Associate

Gerald Turner was born and raised in Akron, OH. He graduated from Garfield High School.  He was the owner of Turner Trucking Company for 32 years before retiring.  He then retired from Republic Waste.

He is married to Natalie Turner and they are the proud parents of 7 children, 14 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He has been a member of Zion Apostolic Faith Church for 50 years, serving as minister of music for 25 years. He now serves on the Board of Directors at Zion.  He and his wife enjoy ministering and helping those in need, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Michael Winlock

Funeral Service Associate

Michael Winlock is a proud Funeral Associate at Calhoun Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

A native of Cleveland and graduate of John F. Kennedy High School, Michael attended Cuyahoga Community College and later was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corp.

For 15 years, he owned the Togo Suite Night Club and was employed at the Cotton Clun Bottling Company, American Vineyard and now the Atlas Bonding.

Lawrence Williamson

Funeral Service Associate

A graduate of John F Kennedy Sr. High School, who later served in the Army Reserves for four years along with holding various jobs since the age of twelve.

Lawrence recently retired from the United Parcel Service with 39years of service.

A member of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, where he serves as the President of the Usher Board#1. Lawrence is married to Yvonne and they have two daughters and one grandson he adores.

Lawrence loves to travel with his wife Yvonne and spending time with family and friends.

 

Reverend James A. Washington, Sr.

Funeral Service Associate

Reverend James A. Washington, Sr.

Biography

Rev. James A. Washington, Sr. was raised in Compton, California where, at an early age his musical talents were discovered and nurtured. After graduating from Centennial High School, Rev. Washington went on to explore the world, briefly attending Oral Roberts University, serving in the US Navy and touring on stage which landed him in Cleveland, OH.

In 2000, Rev. Washington’s was called into the ministry while attending Concord Baptist Church. Between 2010-2014, Rev. Washington went back to school to obtain his Associates and Bachelor’s Degrees in Ministry from TLC Bible College in Chino Valley, AZ. He is the Assistant Pastor and Minister of Music at Straightway Bible Fellowship, under the leadership of Senior Pastor Elijah Span.

On September 23, 2016, Rev. Washington married Paula S. Washington; combined they have 7 children. Together, Rev. Washington and his wife co-founded JP Inner Peace Productions, LLC and successfully produced their first play “Tell Hell I Ain’t Coming” in the beginning of 2017, with their second play “Sister, I’m Sorry: An Urban Gospel Hip-Hop Drama” scheduled for the Fall of 2017.  

Rev. Washington thanks God for delivering him out of darkness and into the light of Jesus Christ. He thanks his wife, Paula S. Washington for her love and s

Floyd Peters

Funeral Service Associate

Floyd Peters is a retiree of the United States Postal Service since 2002. Floyd recently joined Calhoun Funeral Home Family in the spring 2016. Floyd is an avid fisherman and enjoys traveling. Floyd was the president of the Northern Ohio Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Foundation (SIDS). Floyd has previous experience as a SIDS grief counselor, which he says helps him provide support and empathy to the grieving families he works with at Calhoun Funeral Home.

Currently he serves as a deacon and trustee at Rock Creek Missionary Baptist Church and he volunteers at Metro Health Hospital. Floyd is happily married and has four children and six grandchildren.