Juanita Gordon Calhoun was born Juanita Gordon in Edgefield, South Carolina on February 10, 1941 to the parents of Willie Wilson Gordon and Ruth Srnith Mack. She graduated frorn Brewer High School in Greenwood, South Carolina. After a courageous battle with cancer, she passed away on July 2, 2021.
Preceding her in death were two sisters, Janie Bell Bibbs and Doris Jean Thompson.
She is survived by two sons, Tyrone Fin co Calhoun (Vivian Calhoun), Andre Curtis Calhoun, twin daughters, Adrienne Gordon Calhoun, Stephanie Gordon Calhoun, seven grandchildren, Shana Ashford, Sade Calhoun, Brianna Calhoun, Justin Garrick, Sincere McDonald, Tyrone A. Calhoun, Marcus Edwards, and nine great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Shirley Glover (Eugene Glover), and a host of nieces and nephews.
Before moving to Columbia, South Carolina, she completed an apprenticeship with Boyd's Tailor Shop in Greenwood. Juanita became a seamstress and worked for Jack Springs Tailors, His and Her's Tailors, and Owen and Paul Tailor shop for many years before opening the Uptown Tailor Shop on Main Street in the late 1990's. During her years as a business owner, she has provided services for not only local Columbians, but also several politicians as well as fellow business owners in the downtown area.
Juanita was a faithful member of the St. Mark Baptist church where she labored and served as a member of the Finance and Fellowship committees, the Trustee Board, and Program Coordinator. In addition to her service on various committees, she volunteered to make the clothing for special events to support the young people in the church. She was actively serving on the Trustee Board until she succumbed to her illness.
To those who knew her best, she exemplified strength through a quiet spirit. She was loved and cherished and will be missed by many.