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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