Mavis, Dan, Susan and all Jim's family, Jim Calabrese was a positive life changer to Carroll Co.VA young people when he came to Hillsville VA around 1956. Mr. Calabrese saw our strengths and expected our best effort and we learned to play the notes and march with precision with the 120+ Hillsville High School Band before he moved to Statesville. We were honored to perform in Winston-Salem, Washington, DC and Chicago,IL. As my letter to the Carroll News stated in April 2004, Thank you Jim Calabrese for helping us respect the authority of God, parents, and yourself and believe we could go places and do things with our individual talents. Your work was not in vain.
As some of us had contact with Jim over the last several years, he continued to be an encouragement to us and so loved you his family. Praying for strength and comfort for all of you
as you press on to the goal in Christ Jesus. A song of comfort is Because He Lives (I can face tomorrow) In Him, Ann Lyons Sellers