K-Tribe's "Mama" Passes Away At The Age Of 81

Kinston, NC - Evelyn "Mama" Kornegay, as she was lovingly known, died early Friday morning at her home from pancreatic cancer.

Mama provided a loving, home away from home for approximately 150 Kinston Indians players over the last 15 years. From future All-Stars like Victor Martinez, to those who never made it out of the Carolina League, Mama loved all of her "boys" as she adoringly called them.

"It is impossible to measure the impact Mama had on the Kinston and Cleveland Indians," said Kinston Indians General Manager Shari Massengill. "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 effect 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."

WITN sports director Billy Weaver introduced many folks in Eastern Carolina to "Mama" back in 2003. Her story will re-air on WITN news at 6pm and is linked here.


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  • by s.kelly Location: kinston on May 20, 2010 at 04:42 PM
    I will miss her standing out on her porch waving and just saying a kind word as I delivered her mail. I enjoyed being called "one of her girls". In shock and very saddend. But I know she is watching over us always.TO the family, may God grant you the stength to endure your lost.
  • by Katie Location: Grandview MO on May 18, 2010 at 01:11 PM
    Evelyn, was like a mother to my sister, two brothers and me. She was my mother's (Flossie Mumford Uzell) best friend. Since our mother passed in 1991 my sister, brothers and me could not come to Kinston without spending a night with Evelyn, who we called Glenn since childhood. I was looking forward to spending time and a night with her when I came to my class reunion this Labor Day weekend. My condolences go out to the family and her son who is my first cousin.
  • by Judy Location: Kinston on May 17, 2010 at 05:47 PM
    "Little Bit" was one very special lady and I feel blessed to have known her. My condolences go out to her family.
  • by ladystarn Location: Kinston,NC on May 15, 2010 at 10:49 PM
    I am Mama Kornegay's granddaughter. On behalf of our family we would like to say thank you for all of your prayers, love, and support. She was a jewel to us and we enjoyed sharing her with the world. She had a smile that would light up your darkest days. We will miss her tremendously, but her spirit will live within us forever.
  • by Anonymous on May 14, 2010 at 08:12 PM
    Yikes.
  • by JJ on May 14, 2010 at 06:07 PM
    I saw this on the newscast. Very sad. She appeared to be a very sweet lady who always put others first. May God bless the K-Tribe and all of her family members.
  • by Anonymous on May 14, 2010 at 06:01 PM
    We'll miss you Mama at all the K-Tribe games! RIP
  • by irate Location: Greenville on May 14, 2010 at 04:15 PM
    Such a lovely lady. RIP. The tribe will never forget you.
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