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October 2, 1977 – July 11, 2023

Kela Marchi Calvin, 45, of Hopewell, Virginia transitioned to her heavenly rest early Saturday morning, July 11, 2023 at Chippenham Hospital, Richmond, VA. She was born October 2, 1977, to Debra and Deljuan Calvin.

Kela was preceded in death by paternal grandparents. Willie Bernard Calvin, Sr. and Vassie Calvin; maternal grandparents. Sam McFarland, Jr. and Hattie Mae Cooper; beloved brother. Koury “C-Brown” Calvin; aunts, Rosemary Phillips, Annie Ruth Calvin; uncles, Jerry Calvin, Glenith Calvin; and great aunt, Henrietta Mae Craighead. 

Kela was a devoted daughter, a loving and caring sister, an amazing auntie and a genuinely good friend. Known for her positivity, she inspired many by her poetic flair and spoken word.  Her creativity astounded so many. She adored her nephew and nieces and developed a special bond with each. She had a special love for her Dad and was known to be a “Daddy’s Girl” from the moment she was born. She was best friend, encourager, and a pure inspiration to her baby sister, who she truly loved.  

Kela was educated in the Hopewell City Public School System and continued her education obtaining an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Human Services, John Tyler Community College (Brigthpoint Community College).  Kela worked as a case manager with individuals with intellectual disabilities as well as serious mental illnesses.

Kela has authored several books. Her love for writing started as a child and continued through adulthood.  She learned to appreciate writing as a great form of self-expression.  As an author, she aimed to motivate and inspire others through the art of storytelling. By her own admission, one of the characters in her book portrayed the stereotypes and biases that her mentally ill clients faced when she was a case manager. She felt it was important to continue to spread awareness on this issue. Kela also wrote poetry and performed spoken word on several occasions.  Kela loved spending time at the beach, and she loved spending time with family, especially her nephew and nieces. Although she could look serious at the onset, Kela loved to laugh.

Though introduced to God at an early age, Kela experienced some trauma at the loss of her brother which deterred her from serving God to the fullest. It was the prayers of a praying Mom that led her back to the Lord. Kela confessed her salvation as an adult at Fountain of Life Outreach Church, Pastor Ronald Jamison, and later joined Kingdom Living Ministry, under the leadership of Prophet Joyce H. Porter. There her knowledge of and relationship with Christ catapulted as she joyfully expounded upon the Word in weekly Bible studies.

Left to cherish her love and memory are her mother, Debra McFarland Calvin of Hopewell; father, Deljuan Calvin of Memphis, TN; sister, Kneisha Calvin (Lamont Hines); uncles, Jerome McFarland of Ft. Meyers, FL; Dwayne McFarland of New Jersey and Willie B. Calvin, Jr. of  Petersburg; aunt, Tracee McFarland of New Jersey; great aunts, Daisy Cunningham of Tacoma, WA and Edna Cunningham, Hopewell; nieces, Diamond Hill, Tiara Calvin and K’Miyah Hines; nephew, Kaiden Hines; great niece, Aubrey Lankford and great nephew, August Hill all of Hopewell; close friends, LaKeia May, Sherry Black and Leah Dixon; a special friend, Quentin Miles; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

Services will be held 2:00 P.M., Sunday, July 23, 2023, in the Chapel of J. M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, VA. The interment to follow at Mt. Sinai Memorial Park.

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