February 28, 1943 ~ June 27, 2021

Born in: Okolona, MS
Resided in: Fishers, IN

Calvin Evans (Babe) was born on February 28, 1943 in Okolona, MS, Chickasaw County. He
was the third son of the late Herman Evans, Sr. and Alzonia Shannon Evans.
When Calvin was young his family relocated to Kingsford Heights, IN. He graduated from Union
Township High School (class of ‘64). Cal was a multi-sport athlete and star basketball player.
When he graduated, he was the school’s all time leading scorer, and was recognized as one of
the best ball players in the county. It was there in high school that Calvin would meet the love of
his life and eventual wife of 58 years, Frances Dunlap.
After graduation, Calvin found employment at Whirlpool Corporation where he worked as an
accountant. After 30 years at Whirlpool he was offered early retirement which he eagerly
accepted to “Do nothing” and “drive my grandkids around”’, in his words. This he did with much
In 1966, Calvin married his highschool sweetheart Frances M. Dunlap. Together they raised two
beautiful children, Robyn Evans-Long and Rodney Evans. Calvin professed a belief in Christ at
an early age and attended New Jerusalem C.O.G.I.C. of Kingsford Heights, IN. There he and
his brothers known as the “Bo Boys quartet” ministered through song. Later in life, Calvin united
with New Hope M.B.C. in Michigan City, IN where he was a member of the men’s choir, the
Layman’s ministry, Sunday School and a member of the board. In 2014 Calvin and Frances
moved to Indianapolis, IN to live with their daughter, Robyn, and son-in-law, Kevin. Upon
relocating, Calvin became a member of Metropolitan M.B.C. He was a faithful
member–substitute teaching Sunday school and singing with the male chorus.
Babe was a devoted family man and if you knew him, you knew that he was a super fan of the
Chicago Bulls and Bears. In addition to his passion for sports, he loved listening to “his” gospel
music (jokingly called funeral music by his grandchildren) on the screened-in deck, also known
as “his office”. Cal also loved to play cards with his wife, and read western and mystery novels.
On Sunday June 27, 2021 Calvin answered the call to come home to be with the Lord at 78
years old. Calvin was preceded in death by his twin brother Alvin, his father and mother, siblings
Jessie Tillman, James Smith, and Luria Clifton; as well as his grandson, Sean Gillespie. He
leaves to cherish his legacy his wife, Frances Evans; two daughters, Tonya Gillespie of
Knoxville, TN; Robyn Evans-Long (Kevin) of Indianapolis, IN; and one son, Rodney Evans
(Tamea) of Louisville KY. Calvin also leaves three brothers, Frank (Kingsford Heights, IN),
Larry, and Herman Jr. (both of Michigan City, IN); two sisters, Lillie “Pearl” Davis (Michigan City,
IN) and Ella Carter (Minneapolis, MN); 7 grandchildren, Tony Gillespie, Raven Cash (Lorenzo),
Syandene Evans, Nigel Long, Danielle Long, Raechel Long, and Calvin Evans; four
great-grandchildren, Nyla Cash, Jamison Long, Denver Cash, and Khari Cooley; and a whole
host of nieces, nephews, family and friends who will cherish his memory forever.

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Visitation: July 2, 2021 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church
2815 Sutherland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46205

Funeral Service: July 2, 2021 11:00 am

Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church
2815 Sutherland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46205

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  1. We want to offer our deepest condolences to the family. To the family we are praying for you guys 🙏🏽

  2. Sending my deepest condolences to the family! God wipes away all our tears and fills the voids of our hearts in time!

  3. Rest in the comfort, that he is with the one that loved him best. His quest for knowledge of the Creator has now be satisfied. He ran a great race and pressed for that higher calling in Christ. It was so evident that he loved his family and friends. We will miss you in Sunday School and singing in the Male Chorus. Now rest in peace our beloved brother in Christ. From Superintendent of Sunday School.

  4. The Whitker family offers our deepest condolences. Cousin Frances your husband will be missed. We love you all Rodney and Robin. Take care, may God bless each of you! The Whitker’s John,Diamond, Jasmine and Jonathan

  5. I am so thankful and grateful for the opportunity to have known such a man as Mr. Calvin Evans. A man with quiet substance but voice of reasoning. I learned immediately, not to bother him while he was watching any of the Chicago professional teams. I learned how marriage vows are lived out by watching him care for his beloved Frances. I wasn’t aware of his basketball skills and talents, but I now understand how this gene was passed down to two of his grandchildren, Nigel and Danielle. I will always cherish the fond memories of being in his presence and going to the screened patio will not be the same without your presence. Well done, Mr. Calvin, enjoy your rest and I shall see you in the morning. I offered my sincerest condolences and prayers to Mrs. Frances, Robyn, Rodney and entire Evans/Long family.

  6. Robert A & Tina B Lee. Previous commitment prevents us from being with you for the celebration, but know that our prayers are comfort for you are going up on your behalf. May God cofort and keep you all during this time of mixed emotions

  7. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Because we care, Our warmest thoughts go out to you today with more concern and sympathy than we could ever say.

  8. May God continue to comfort and strengthen you all during this time of sorrow, and in the days to come.

  9. My deepest condolences to the Evans Family. May God bless you all with words of strength and encouragement at this time.

  10. Our most sincere condolences on the loss of Mr. Calvin Evans! May the cherished memories comfort you in this difficult time. Lateef and Raven Griffin and family

  11. We mourn the lost of Cal with you. Hold on to the memories he left us with many. We are praying for the family during these most difficult times. Condolences.

  12. Please accept our deepest sympathy in the lost of a great shepherd. Mr Evan’s will always be remembered, loved and missed. Our prayers go out to the family 🙏🏾 We love you 🌹

    The Kimbrough’s Gang

  13. Frances and Family, I’m so very sorry for the loss of Calvin in your life. I remember him as a star basketball player and a hard-working young man for my father helping out with a summertime job of baling/lifting those heavy bales of hay. We shared times around the dinner table and a nicer softer spoken gentleman you wouldn’t find. I know that he will be missed greatly by all of you and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. Cal and I worked together in the late 1960s at Whirlpool. Through his humor and actions he taught me a life’s long better understanding of my fellow man. I remember attending a quasi Father and Daughter event in South Bend. Some 50 years have passed but good memories of the man still remain.

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