In Memory of Ann Elizabeth "Libby"Calk , Class of 1938
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Ann Elizabeth "Libby" Jones Calk (Class of 1938), 91, a former first harpist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra who raised seven children on six acres at what is now the corner of Lenox Road and Sidney Marcus Boulevard, passed away on April 23, 2016 in Atlanta. Libby was born on April 17, 1925, in Mileston, MS, the youngest of six children on Marcella Plantation. The family
moved "to town" in nearby Tchula, and it was here that Libby began studying music; first the piano, then switching to the harp after receiving one as a gift from a beloved uncle in Oklahoma. She began more serious study in the early 1940s under the tutelage of renowned harpist Carlos Salzedo at his Summer Harp Colony in Camden, Maine. After graduating from Tchula High School,
Libby earned her music degree from Ward-Belmont Conservatory of Music in Nashville, TN. From there, she moved to New York City to study with Salzedo at The Dalcroze School of Music and became a harp instructor at the High School of Music and Art, also in New York City. Through her continued association with Carlos Salzedo, Libby performed and toured throughout the U.S. and
Mexico with a number of ensembles, orchestras and choral organizations, including the "Enchanted Strings," a female all-string ensemble. Libby moved to Atlanta in the early 1950s to be the first harpist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. While playing the harp at a wedding, she met her future husband, Guy Lee Calk. Guy was attending the wedding of his cousin and a physician who
would later become his partner in a successful Atlanta medical practice. In 1954, Guy and Libby Calk bought six acres of wooded property on Lenox Road, where they raised chickens, quail and seven children. After Guy died in 1971, Libby raised the family until she sold the property in 1983 that is now part of the interchange at Sidney Marcus Boulevard. Libby served as President of
the Indian Creek Garden Club in Atlanta and was involved with many beautification projects around Atlanta. Libby was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Guy L. Calk in 1971; daughter, Susan Calk Singer and sons-in-law Jeff Singer and Donald J. Passarella, all of Atlanta; parents, William Everarde Jones, Sr. and Jessie Deen Jones; sisters, Minna Deen Link and Sara Virginia Jones; and brothers, Montfort Jones, William Everarde Jones Jr., and Bernard B. Jones II, all of Mississippi. She is survived by her children, Dr. Tom Calk (Laura) of Atlanta, Deenie Calk (Del McGee) of Madison, AL, Olin Calk of Mesilla Park, NM, Barbara Braswell (Charles) of Carmel, IN, Sara Passarella of Atlanta, and Laura Calk (Dennis Willcox) of Aspen, CO. Libby leaves behind 12 grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, April 25th at Arlington Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Atlanta Humane Society.