Charles Calhoun

Charles Frank Calhoun,
86, of Murphy, died Friday, March 18, 2016, in a Murphy hospital.

    Frank was a lifelong resident of Murphy. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army stationed in Panama and worked in the motor pool as a sergeant. He was a well-known businessman for many years and owned and operated Frank’s Garage from the early 1960s till 1973, when Frank and son, David started Murphy Marine. He was a boat dealer for the area for several years. After retiring from the boat business, Frank then created Murphy Communications, which was a commercial radio business that serviced businesses and law enforcement.  

    Calhoun was a ham radio operator (WB4KHM), involved in local politics in his younger years, loved boats, fishing and Hiawassee Lake. One of his favorite stories was about him and Jack Ramsey setting the island on fire when they were kids and watching it burn. He was a unique individual. He could fix a car, boat or a two-way radio and made business from these talents. He loved Murphy and never wanted to leave, even for a vacation. He fought not to leave until the end.

    He was the son of the late Charles I. Calhoun and Fannie K. Calhoun, and husband of the late Susie Calhoun.

    Surviving are a daughter, Kathy Ann Stevens of Buford, Georgia; a son, David Calhoun of Cartersville, Ga.; a sister, Frances Owen of Knoxville, Tenn.; and a niece, Jean Holbert of Alabama.

    A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2016, in Sunset Cemetery with the Rev. Aud Brown officiating.

    Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy was in charge of all arrangements.

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