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“Calvin i have alot of childhood memories of me and u riding around on ur motorcycles laughing staying on the phone the night laughing and talkin...Read More »
1 of 47 | Posted by: Sheryl Pope-Hiser

“I was so saddened to hear of the passing of Calvin. I remember going to his gym with Chris Adams to video the wrestling school there on a few...Read More »
2 of 47 | Posted by: Kym - Arlngton, TX

“You touched the lives of so many and you will always be missed. I love you brother. Larry and the entire knapp family may the spirit of The Lord...Read More »
3 of 47 | Posted by: Johnny Schmeltz

“I WILL MISS YOU but I know you're with the Lord and we will meet again in heaven and you was a good good friend to me ”
4 of 47 | Posted by: TERRY DUDLEY-- chainsaw

“Calvin was a great person and friend,and will be truely missed and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family in their time of sorrow. But he is...Read More »
5 of 47 | Posted by: Paul and Belinda Ansley

“Calvin has always been such a blessing to our family. We have known him for many many years and shared many a laugh together. Will miss him deeply....Read More »
6 of 47 | Posted by: Dr. Darlene Johnson Kevin and Krystal

“I will truly miss Calvin's smile and kind words when I walk into Hard Bodies. He was a great man and will be deeply missed!! My thoughts and...Read More »
7 of 47 | Posted by: Rhonda Douglas - Forney, TX

“Reading through your guestbook, It's testament of how you touched the hearts of everyone you met. What a legacy! So many memories we have to always...Read More »
8 of 47 | Posted by: Kim Wertz- Compton - Terrell, TX

“We are truly saddened by Calvin's death. Calvin was more than just a friend; he was an good person. He was always so kind and considerate to everyone...Read More »
9 of 47 | Posted by: Mike and Brenda Bulin - Forney, TX

“Prayers and love to the entire Knapp family! ”
10 of 47 | Posted by: Shanda Hoffman Rodriguez - TX

“My heart hurts for Knapp/ White Family. HARDBODY CALVIN KNAPP was much more than a wrestler and gym owner. He was the dad. He and Shawn worked so...Read More »
11 of 47 | Posted by: Lori Jones

“Shawn, my dear, best friend...my heart is very heavy with sadness for you. I know your heart is broken over the loss of your true love, Calvin. You...Read More »
12 of 47 | Posted by: "Ms. Thomasson" - Forney, TX

“I was a member of Hard Bodies for many years. Calvin was always so helpful. Rest in heavenly peace. ”
13 of 47 | Posted by: Janice Cassell - TX

“You will be missed ! ”
14 of 47 | Posted by: Nathan w Holland - Stonewall, OK

“Shawn, may God help and hold you during your time of grief. Calvin will be missed. ”
15 of 47 | Posted by: Mike Tolon - wills point, TX

“Calvin you will be missed by so many people, now you are reunited with your mom, and brother.We will never forget you ”
16 of 47 | Posted by: Renee Hanna (Peewee) - terrell, TX

“my most heartfelt condolences to the Knapp family, I'll miss him ,he always had something positive to say and a smile. ”
17 of 47 | Posted by: Doug Keels - Terrell, TX - friend

“From Kendog. My heart and prayers goes out to you all. ”
18 of 47 | Posted by: Kendall Cromeans - TX - Friend

“I'm so sorry to hear the news of Calvin. Prayers sent to the Knapp family & Calvin's children. ”
19 of 47 | Posted by: Carrie Parker - Haws (MHS-Class of 1986)

“We have known Calvin for a long time. We trained in his gym and became friends. He gave our daughter Danielle a chance to be a personal trainer. ...Read More »
20 of 47 | Posted by: Randy & Linda Woodard - Terrell, TX

“Calvin was a beloved man who loved life he will be missed. He was a friend of 25 years ”
21 of 47 | Posted by: Pastor Michael and Suzanne Feltis

“To a life cut much too short. Calvin always had a smile on his face and a kind word to share. He will be greatly missed. Our condolences to his...Read More »
22 of 47 | Posted by: Travis & Michelle Wilson

“Will Miss You Terribly, You Were Such A Good Friend And Amazing Trainer/Mentor To My Boys, I Will Always Treasure That...You Are Gone, But Never...Read More »
23 of 47 | Posted by: Jennie Self Cox

“Calvin was a great inspiration to me and many others. He will not be forgotten and I will think of him every time I enter the gym or drive by. Our...Read More »
24 of 47 | Posted by: Billy York - Terrell, TX - friend

“Shawn, My God's loving arms comfort you all at the time. We are praying for you and the family. ”
25 of 47 | Posted by: Susan and Mickey Seabolt - Forney, TX

“Prayers to the Knapp family. My heart is broken knowing my high school friend has passed. Calvin was a very loving person and adored his family. ...Read More »
26 of 47 | Posted by: Shannon Moore Qualls - Kaufman, TX

“Rest in peace you till be missed ”
27 of 47 | Posted by: Jimmy james - USA, AK - Friend

“You were always such a true friend to me during the last 16 years. You helped me through some really tough times. I will miss you deeply. ”
28 of 47 | Posted by: Denise Wilson - Garland, TX

“Shawn and Family, so sorry to hear about Calvin. I really didn't get to know him well, but he was a very nice man the times I met him. I will keep...Read More »
29 of 47 | Posted by: Rickie Pagitt - Athens, TX

“As with everyone else this is just unbelievable. I met and worked out/with Calvin at Hard Bodies after he purchased the gym in the early 90’s. I...Read More »
30 of 47 | Posted by: Wes Flanagan - Waxahachie, TX

“So very sorry for you loss. Prayers sent your way. Sincerely, Karla White Hodge. MHS class of 1986. ”
31 of 47 | Posted by: Karla White Hodfe - Fort Worth, TX

“Prayers being lifted for Calvin's family and friends. May the Lord grant the kind of Peace and Comfort only HE can give. God Bless ”
32 of 47 | Posted by: Elizabeth Parker - Wills Point, TX

“Felix and I pray that the love of God covers you and your family through your time of grief. Calvin was an amazing man with a contagious smile and...Read More »
33 of 47 | Posted by: Shelley and Felix Martinez - TX

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Knapp family during this time of sadness...The Knapps were a huge part of my childhood and I will keep those...Read More »
34 of 47 | Posted by: Lisa Owen - Mesquite, TX - friend

“I'm so sorry for the loss of Calvin . Calvin was a Terrell icon. Everyone knew him and loved him. Won't be the same without him. He is now in heaven...Read More »
35 of 47 | Posted by: Jeff Shields family

“We Are So Shocked And Saddened By The Loss Of Our Friend Calvin, Our Thoughts And Prayers Go Out To The Family And May God Comfort Yall During This...Read More »
36 of 47 | Posted by: Billy&Jennie Cox - Greenville, TX

“Very shocked and saddened to hear about Calvin. He was always helpful and cool at the gym. On behalf of my dad, David Teel, our prayers are with his...Read More »
37 of 47 | Posted by: Reagan Teel

“Very shocked and saddened to hear about Calvin. He was always helpful and cool at the gym. On behalf of my dad, David Teel, our prayers are with his...Read More »
38 of 47 | Posted by: Reagan Teel

“Calvin was a kind and respectful young man who turned into a loving and caring man. Always super nice to me and Connie. Our prayers go out to his...Read More »
39 of 47 | Posted by: Jerry and Connie Crawford

“May God give each of you peace and strength. ”
40 of 47 | Posted by: Debbie Vicars

“Shocked. Our prayers are with the family. May God comfort you through you're time of need. ”
41 of 47 | Posted by: Philip and Deena king - TX

“I was sorry to hear about Calvin when I woke up this morning. It seems like it wasn't long ago we were in high school. We will miss you. Rest in...Read More »
42 of 47 | Posted by: Allan Layne

“I am so sorry for the last. Knapp family you will be in our prays and thoughts. RIP Calvin you will always be remembered. ”
43 of 47 | Posted by: Debbie Vaughan - Wills Point, TX

“I will miss you my Brother .. ”
44 of 47 | Posted by: Michael Harthcock - Azle , TX

“So sorry to hear of this. Such a sweet caring person. I will keep his family in my thoughts and prayers. May God give his children peace and comfort. ”
45 of 47 | Posted by: Cheryl Baker Koesters

“RIP PRAYERS FOR THE FAMILY ”
46 of 47 | Posted by: Steve Murphree - altus, AR

“so sorry to read of the passing of my friend Calvin. he was super cool with me and he always did what he could to lend a helping hand. please accept...Read More »
47 of 47 | Posted by: j.j. munoz - irving, TX - friend


Calvin Wayne Knapp, of Terrell, passed away October 20, 2013 with his loving family at his side. He was born June 23, 1970 in Dallas, Tx to Larry and Melba (Threat) Knapp and grew up in Mesquite, graduating from Mesquite High School. Calvin was competitive at an early age and won many achievements in wrestling, weight lifting and body building. He was Mr. Teen Texas when he was 19 and in the early 1990's and he held the GWF light heavyweight title in pro wrestling at the old Sportatorium in Dallas. He moved to Terrell in the early 90s and became the owner/operator of Hard Bodies Gym. Always a generous spirit, Calvin believed in giving back to the community he loved and he was an active and devoted mentor to many high school athletes as well as many others at Terrell State Hospital where he believed in the power of healing through exercise. Calvin had a love for life and his family was his priority and he made sure he was a role model for them with his work ethic and perseverance. Calvin found happiness in every experience life had to offer. Sharing his time these past seven years with Shawn, his soulmate and partner in business, brought him joy and fulfillment with her love and support.

Calvin was preceded in death by his mom, Melba Knapp and his brother Mike Knapp.

He leaves to cherish his legacy his wife, Shawn White-Knapp of Terrell; children: Sierra, Chance, and Zachary Knapp, C.J., Gavin, and M'Cleigh White, all of Terrell; father, Larry Knapp, brother, Ricky Knapp, both of Terrell as well as several nieces, nephew, extended family and a host of innumerable friends, colleagues and associates whose lives he touched deeply.

A Celebration of Life for Calvin will be at 2:00pm, Thursday, October 24, 2013 at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Chapel with Marvin Denison officiating.