The People Who Care


OBITUARY - Betty J. Calhoun

Service Info

Service Date & Time
Thursday, Jan 21, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Firestone| Wed., Jan 20, 2021| 1:00P-3:00P
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church
1511 E. 52nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90011
Inglewood Park Cemetery
720 E. Florence Ave.
Inglewood, CA 90301

In Loving Memory of Betty J. Calhoun

January 6, 1953 - January 8, 2021

On Tuesday, January 6, 1953, on Reedville Farms, a plantation in Dumas, Arkansas, a beautiful baby girl named Betty Jean Calhoun was born to Anna L. Jordan and Herman Calhoun. Betty was the eldest of six children born to her mother. She was raised by her maternal grandmother Izora Hillman "Ma Boozie," whom she adored. At the age of four, her mother Anna met and eventually married Rufus Garvin, who became Betty's daddy.  

Betty received her education in Arkansas and Colorado Schools. While in school, Betty picked cotton and was paid 13 cents a day. She graduated high school in 1971.  

Betty Jean accepted Christ and was baptized at age 9 in Colorado; she later became an Usher.  

Betty gave birth to her first child Michelle Yvonne Hawkins on May 15, 1969. Unfortunately, her child only lived for one week. She would soon give birth to her eldest living child, Toni L. Hawkins. In 1971, Betty moved to California. A short time after this came her third child, Tracy A. Hawkins. In 1975, Betty gave birth to her eldest son, Deric L. Tucker. In 1982, Betty and her children moved into their own apartment, and in March of 1983, Patricia M. Gaines arrived. In 1987, Betty met Billy M. Dillard "Big Man." They were in love. On September 17, 1988, they were married. In October of that same year, Betty Dillard gave birth to her last and Bill's only biological child Anna O. Dillard. Betty and Bill enjoyed traveling together and would sometimes take her mother and children with them.  

In July of 1992, Betty re-dedicated her life to God and joined Shiloh M.B.C. under their new Pastor, Rev. Joe H. Waller. Sis. Betty immediately got to work as an Usher! She loved ushering! She said and knew it was her calling! She would often quote the 84th Psalm verse 10, especially the 'b' clause: "I'd rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness." In almost 30 years, Sis. Betty NEVER left her post!!! If there was a service of any kind, especially at Shiloh, you could count on Sis. Betty to be there to give you a program with a kind word and a smile. Shortly after getting settled in ushering, Sis. Betty was asked to be the announcing clerk for her church; she accepted. Like anything else she did for God, she took the job seriously. Every announcement from then until now, you can hear her voice.  

She worked in every capacity of Shiloh with only the exceptions of preacher, deaconess, Pastors' Anniversary Committee and choir (although she would sing from her post on the door). Sis. Betty was the Cleaning Staff, Senior Usher Board President & current Vice President, Junior Usher Board Supervisor, Children and Youth Choir Supervisor, Senior Mission Secretary, Improvement Committee Financial Secretary, Recording and Corresponding Secretary, the Treasurer, Acting Superintendent of the Sunday School, eventually a Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Kitchen Staff (with Sis. Waller), Charter Member of The Women's Fellowship, member of The Healing Corner, Children and Youth Supervisor for the Pacific District Missionary Baptist Association, Announcing Clerk, Sick (and shut-in) Committee Chairperson, Birthday Committee Chairperson, Praise Dance Team Assistant/Supervisor (with Sis. Mary Reed), Piano Lesson assistant to the late Rev. Lucious McGee... Sis. Betty Calhoun served her church WELL! The last Sunday she was physically able to be in the building was the 4th Sunday, September 27, 2020. After this, she constantly expressed her desire to be at her church. But she never stopped praying or talking to God. Even on her sickbed, she still was Sick Committee Chairperson and would call text, and check on others.  

Betty loved to cook. You could anad will never find a better pot of greens! Collards, mustards, turnips; didn't matter! Oh my God! Her dressing was superb. Her baby back ribs were to die for. But her children would be upset at whoever got the last of the greens, though!  

Sis. Betty loved her family and was always happy to see them. Betty had known some hardships in her life, which is why she would feed you and even shelter you if necessary. She loved God so it became easier to love His people. Betty Jean Calhoun departed this troublesome life on Friday, January 8, 2021 (which was the same day as her eldest son Deric L. Tucker's homegoing service,) her husband Billy M. Dillard, eldest daughter Michelle Y. Hawkins, mother Anna L. Garvin, father Herman Calhoun, her daddy Rufus Garvin, grandmother Izora Hillman, sister-in-love Evon Jordan-Garvin, and friend Rev. Ollie Gaines all preceded her in transition.  

Sis. Betty leaves to cherish her legacy four daughters: Toni L. Hawkins, Tracy A. Hawkins (April), Patricia M. Gaines and Anna O. Dillard; one son Milo D. Tucker, 2 granddaughters: Kirsten L. Jordan (Christofere, Sr.) and Amira Shyeve; 3 grandsons: Japheth Lino-Tucker (Marissa), Brandon Smith, and Logan A. Dillard; 7 great-grandchildren: Jaden, Phallon, Krista, Christofere, Jr., Justin, Sariah Jordan, and Ja'Veah Lino-Tucker; 5 siblings: Mark A. Garvin, Linda M. Robinson (Jeffrey, Sr.), Kelton L. Garvin, Sr., Kevin D. Garvin, Sr. and Tonya D. Garvin; a special friend of over 30 years Mrs. Deneise Lamar and a host of nieces, nephews and a plethora of cousins and friends. -Psalm 23:6 

Send Flowers

  • $179.99
    Standing Cross with Roses
See All Flowers

Message from Family

The family of Betty J. Calhoun would like to thank you for the many acts of loving-kindness shown to us during our bereavement. Your thoughtfulness is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered.

Msg Notify Others


With three locations to serve you, Harrison-Ross Mortuary has always been a community leader in funeral and cremation services. At each location, our staff are trained to patiently assist you in arranging such a very important occasion. Harrison-Ross Mortuary will help your family through tough emotional times with compassionate service. We are family owned and operated, and our number one goal is to make this difficult time easier on you and your loved ones.

Do you have questions about our services?