March 30, 1935 ~ February 12, 2022

Born in: Brownsville, Tennessee
Resided in: Indianapolis, Indiana

Junell Calvert was born on March 30, 1935 to Joseph Seafus and Rosie Lee Frye-Smith in Haywood County located in Brownsville, Tennessee. She was the 7th child of 11 children in her family. Junell attended Taylor Chapel, Hopewell Elementary School, and Cawer High School before moving to Indianapolis, IN in her late teenage years.

Junell was a devoted Christian who dedicated her life to Christ. In 1971, Junell married Thomas Lee Calvert. Her husband was the founder and pastor of Second Saint James Missionary Baptist church where she took on the honored title of First Lady from 1987 – 2011. During this time, she was also an employee of 10 years with Kiwanis International before retiring from the company in 1998. After retiring, she eventually opened a daycare in her home many years later where she would provide care for her grandkids.

Junell was very caring and loving to all of those around her. She was a spiritual woman who was known for her devoted character and compassionate personality. Junell loved her family and she loved the Lord. She instilled core and Christian values in her children and grandchildren both at home and by raising them up in the church starting at an early age. She raised 3 generations of children.  Junell enjoyed spending time with her family and was known for cooking big dinners and bringing the family together to celebrate the holidays. She was the glue that held her family together through it all.

On, Saturday, February 12, 2022, Junell Calvert was called home to be with the Lord. She passed peacefully in her home at the age of 86 years old. She will be greatly missed and forever and always remembered as a great wife, loving mother, caring grandmother, and a dedicated First Lady. Junell was preceded in death by her mother and father, her late husband (Reverend Thomas Lee Calvert), five sisters (Pearline Raynor, Mary Sue Pearson, Geraldine Smith, Maxine Ingram, and Jenny Mae Reed), four brothers (Leroy, Joe Willie, Henry, and Charley Smith), two daughters (Barbara Tyus and Shirley Tyus), her youngest son (Tommy David Calvert), her grandson (Keyuan Reynolds), and two great-granddaughters (Tiera Anya Tyus and Keyona Murphy).

Junell leaves to cherish her memory to her youngest sister, Mable Pettigrew; her daughters, Fannie Tyus and Kathy Calvert; her sons, James Tyus and Bobby Joe Tyus; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives, extended family and friends.


Visitation: March 4, 2022 10:00 am - March 4, 2022 11:00 am

Lavenia & Summers Home For Funerals
5811 East 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218

Funeral Service: March 4, 2022 11:00 am

Lavenia & Summers Home For Funerals
5811 East 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218

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  1. I love you and much it’s sad that you have to leave us but it was your time and how is it in heaven? Lol I wish I could here your voice one last time.

  2. I’m going to miss you Big baby, love you and I’ll see you when I get there.
    Khadijah Walker

  3. They say there is a reason,
    They say time will heal;
    Neither time or reason will change that way I feel;
    Gone are the days we used to share
    But I’m my heart you’ll always be there;
    The gates of memories will never close,
    love and miss you everyday… till we meet again someday, I LOVE YOU GRANDMA

  4. You will be forever missed Aunt Nell. Thank you for pioneering our family for many generations. Love you!

  5. Grandma, I love you so much ❤️ my heart is broken I’m really strong enough for you to come see my I welcome your spirit ..I just need you to come visit me and let me know what to do next.. you have always been my soft place to Land… I need to know the correct course of action that I should take to Lavish all the love I feel for u on you…until I see you again know that I love you endlessly ❤️

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