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Evelyn "Mama" Kornegay Passes Away

May 14, 2010
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Evelyn "Mama" Kornegay passed away Friday morning at her home from pancreatic cancer.

Over the years, Mama provided home and care for over 150 Kinston Indian players over the past 15 years, most notably Victor Martinez when he was in Kinston in 2001. She provided a loving home and adored all of her "boys" as she would often call them.

"It is impossible to measure the impact Mama had on the Kinston and Cleveland Indians," said Kinston Indians General Manager Shari Massengill in a quote provided by the team. "From players, to coaches to us in the front office, she never stopped giving. The Kinston Indians not only lost their biggest fan, but this community has lost one of its best people."

"This ballpark will not be the same without Mama," Indians Assistant General Manager Janell Bullock said. "Everyone who met her fell in love with her. She just had that affect on people. I will never hear the word 'babe' without thinking of Mama."

"She was the most loving, caring and giving person I have ever met," said Indians Director of Broadcasting Chris Hemeyer. "Her positive outlook and love of life was with her even as she battled cancer. She lit up every room she ever walked into."

Funeral arrangements are still being worked out and not available at this time.

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