Calvin J. Hingle was born on September 7th, 1932 to Berniece and August Hingle. He was the second of five children, raised in the 9th Ward of New Orleans during the Depression. From a young age he held jobs to help make ends meet for his family. Calvin had a paper route and shined shoes at the corner bar. He stil…read more
Calvin J. Hingle was born on September 7th, 1932 to Berniece and August Hingle. He was the second of five children, raised in the 9th Ward of New Orleans during the Depression. From a young age he held jobs to help make ends meet for his family. Calvin had a paper route and shined shoes at the corner bar. He still found time for fun, though, and was on the CYO city championship basketball team in 1948. He was also an honor student at Holy Cross High School.
Calvin worked as a butcher while attending Loyola University, but after two years he decided to join the Army. This is where he truly shined, graduating number one in his class in the Non-Commissioned Officers Course, and earning a spot in the Infantry Officer Candidate School. Upon graduation from OCS, he was commissioned an officer in the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, rose to the rank of Captain, and was given command of a Tank Troop. In March of 1962, during training exercises in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Captain Hingle’s tank troop set a record for proficiency, qualifying 92% of his tank crews.
While in the Army, he was introduced to Phyllis Songy by his sister, Mel, and they were married on May 7th, 1960. Calvin was welcomed warmly into the Songy family. Phyllis moved to Germany to be with him and before long, the family had grown to include three baby girls. After 10 years of service, Calvin received an offer to manage transportation at A. A. Rabalais Corporation and decided to leave the Army in order to spend more time with his family. Upon their return to the States, Calvin and Phyllis settled in Harahan, Louisiana and raised 6 children, 4 girls and 2 boys. He was an active member of St. Rita Catholic Church, serving as a reader and Eucharistic Minister, and working with a wonderful group of adults to provide Youth Ministry for the many teenagers at the church, including his own daughters. At age 42, Calvin took up tennis, a game that brought him so much joy for many years. Nothing made him happier than meeting a foursome after work for a friendly match and finishing it off with a beer.
Once their children left for college, Calvin and Phyllis had more time to enjoy socializing with friends. They developed a true love for the opera and symphony music, attending as often as possible. After Calvin retired, they moved to Baton Rouge to be closer to their children and grandkids. They loved to play Bridge, and Calvin was able to partner with his son, Stewart, to play competitive tennis up until the age of 77.
After 46 years of marriage, Phyllis passed away. Calvin then married Janet Fernandez in 2007. She preceded him in death in 2018.
Calvin developed Parkinson’s Disease later in life and battled the disease with his characteristic optimistic attitude. Although the disease limited his mobility, he enjoyed playing cards with his grandkids and corresponding with friends and family. In March of 2020 he entered the Louisiana War Veterans Home where he was cared for until recently when the Parkinson’s Disease overtook his body. He was transferred to a hospital in Baton Rouge and died, surrounded by the love of his family on Sunday, September 6th, one day shy of his 88th birthday.
He is survived by six children, Lisa Townsend, Jenny Robinson (Bruce), Andrea Fleming (Shawn), Pam Hatley (Mark), Stewart Hingle (Anna), and Jeff Hingle; and two sisters, Mel Ehrlicher and Carolyn Hingle; and 13 grandchildren, Andrew (Juliette), Jacob, and Emily Townsend, Nathan (Angela), Jill, and Amy Robinson, Desmond, Neal, and Amelie Fleming, Ben (Allison) and Chris Hatley, and Kenny and Lauren Hingle; and one great-grandchild, Luella Townsend.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Phyllis Songy Hingle; his parents, August G. and Berniece Blanchard Hingle; brother, Daniel Hingle; sister, Mercedes Dole; and his second wife, Janet Fernandez Hingle.
A funeral Mass will take place on Saturday, September 12th at 11am at St. George Catholic Church. Due to COVID 19, the funeral service will be open to immediate family members only. Livestreaming of the funeral service can be accessed on https://www.youtube.com/c/stgeorgecatholicchurchbr. Burial will follow in the St. George Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fisher House Foundation for Veterans and their families.hide
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