Jefferson Edward Calvert, our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away unexpectedly from an undetected heart ailment on June 27, 2023, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Jeff was 62 years old. His family is deeply saddened and shocked by his sudden death.
Born February 6, 1961, in Thibodaux, Louisiana, Jeff was quite a character. To know Jeff was to love Jeff. He was a wonderful storyteller of all things incredible about his life and always offered proof as his punchline. He was so funny he’d make himself laugh loudest—prompting the cue at home and work, “Inside voice Jeff, inside voice.” Jeff was a product of the “make love, not war” 60’s era and, throughout his life, embodied the free spirit virtue of spreading love and happiness to everyone he met. Everyone knows Jeff loved them because he repeatedly told them so. And we all loved him back.
Jeff is survived by his loving wife, Carol, whom he has known since he was 14 years old. They attended A&M Consolidated High School (College Station, TX) together and graduated alongside each other in 1979. Their first date was their high school prom. He called and asked her over the phone, and she delightfully said yes. After hanging up, in a moment of disbelief, he promptly called her up again to confirm that she had indeed said “yes.” They fell head-over-hills in love and married on September 19, 1981, in St. Anthony Catholic Church in Bryan, Tx. Carol and Jeff’s love transcended all time and obstacles. Their love is eternal.
Jeff was a loving father to his two children, Jefferson Eric and Madelyn Heather. He taught them to be themselves and seek their individuality. He and Eric shared a deep passion and expert knowledge of all things guitars and motorcycles. Jeff taught his son his first guitar riff and then pointed him toward the stage. Besides sharing their birthday, he and Heather shared an obsession for quirky foods and a keen passion and affinity for dry-humor movies and trivia. The three shared a fondness for all genres of music, but together their hearts beat rock and roll.
At 22 years old, Jeff started his career in the auto industry. In 1983, he showed up on the first day at his new job as a service technician with an old fishing tackle box full of tools. Jeff turned that first job into a lifelong career. He worked as a technician, a service writer, and a finance manager, and he excelled at every position. He loved working in the auto industry, but mostly he loved the lifelong friends he made along the way.
Jeff was preceded in death by his little sister, Pauline “Polly” Calvert, his parents, Robert “Bob” Arnold Calvert and Martha “Marty” Calvert Rucker, and his baby granddaughter Karli Page Calvert. Jeff leaves behind his wife, Madelyn Carol Calvert, and his two children, Jefferson Eric Calvert (Balinda) and Madelyn Heather Galindo (Zan). He was “Papa” to his three grandchildren, Cyril “Cy” Cash, Bernadette “Birdie” Bliss, and Felix Fin Galindo. Jeff also leaves behind his sister Patrice Calvert-Lewis, his brother Don Calvert, his stepmother Donna Hanna-Calvert, two step-brothers Mike Baxter and David Baxter, and nieces and nephews.
Jeff was just short of realizing his retirement dream. He dreamed of having a place with room enough for a large vegetable garden, chickens for the grandkids, and a couple of goats. Although Carol said absolutely no to the goats, Jeff was just months away from getting a head start on his dream. Jeff and Carol had big plans together, but now as he retires to Eternal Bliss and into the realm of Divine Peace, we can all rest assured that he will continue to spread his love and laughter throughout Heaven above. Just remember, “Inside voice Jeff, inside voice.”
Jeff, you were one-of-a-kind. We all love you and miss you so very much.
“Thank you for being OUR friend.”
Services for Jeff will begin with a Rosary at 11:00 am, followed by a Funeral Mass, Thursday, August 3rd, at St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church located at 3210 S. Padre Island Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78415. A lunch reception will follow Mass at Kasper Hall.
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Winsteads' Funeral Home. (361) 643-6564 www.winsteadsfuneralhome.com