Rev. Mary Evelyn Evans, of Sparta, Georgia passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at Navicent Health Baldwin, Milledgeville, Georgia.
Funeral services were held privately with family.
Reverend Mary Evelyn Hunt-Evans, age 91, of Sparta, Georgia, entered eternal rest on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.
Reverend “Evelyn” Hunt-Evans was born May 4, 1929, to the late Mr. and Mrs. Tommy and Beatrice Hunt of Sparta, Georgia. As a child, Evelyn was known for loving to attend school, preach her pet's funerals and spending countless hours enjoying the outdoors with her siblings. As a teenager, Evelyn gave her life to Christ and became a member of St. Mark, A. M. E. Church of Sparta, Georgia. For years, she dedicated her service to the church by being an active member of Sunday school and heading several community projects for the underprivileged.
As a young lady, Evelyn met and married the love of her life, the late Deacon William R. Evans, Sr. In 1948, they were joined in holy matrimony at St. Mark, A. M. E. Church. From their union, twelve children were born; one of the daughters, Mrs. Connie Yvonne Evans-Harmon, preceded her in death. As a mother, Evelyn vowed to raise her children without interruption, so she sacrificed formal training of becoming a nurse and teacher to dedicate her life in ensuring all her children received a quality education. Through the years, she played an active role in her children's educational years and encouraged each of them to pursue their perspective careers and to always keep God first. While being a member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Evelyn became an associate Pastor, serving faithfully on the Ministerial staff, she was active in the Missionary Department, where she served as the president for many years. She was also the president of the Music Department, a Sunday School teacher and President of the Pastor's Support Ministry. In 1987, Evelyn formally answered the calling and joined thousands of others who are called into the ministry of preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and was ordained as a licensed minister. Rev. Evans spent countless hours studying God's word and preparing sermons. She traveled near and far, preaching and teaching to many. Many have given their hearts and lives to God because of the hope Rev. Evans preached and the example through the life she lived. To all, she would urge the necessity to LOVE ONE ANOTHER. Many of her sermons focused on God's love and how significant it is to have it instilled within us.
In her latter years, when her children were grown, Rev. Evelyn Evans was still very active in the community. She was a member of the “Prayer Band” Outreach Ministry in which she and others would travel to the local nursing home facilities to provide motivation, hope and God's word to the clients each week. Rev. Evans continued to serve her community by becoming a member of the Hancock County Schools' Board of Education, serving as a representative for District 4. Rev. Evans served two terms. As an example, to her children and others, Rev. Evans believed in being a “Life-Long” learner and became a student of Taylor University, majoring in Theology.
Reverend Mary Evelyn Hunt-Evans has left many loved ones to cherish and honor her memories. This includes her children; Mayor William Evans, Jr. (Gwendolyn); Sparta, Georgia, Ms. Maxine Evans; Sparta, Georgia, Reverend Mary Elaine Warren; Lithonia, Georgia, Chief Tommy Evans, Sr. (Vivian); Greensboro, Georgia, Chief Ronnie Evans, Sr. (Ernestine); Sparta, Georgia, Captain Carl Evans, Sr. (Mozelle); Milledgeville, Georgia, Deputy Richard Evans (Genetta); Sparta, Georgia, Mr. Gerald Evans (Charolette); Irwinton, Georgia, Mrs. Angela Ingram (Rev. Glen Ingram); Milledgeville, Georgia, Ms. Carrie Evans; Milledgeville, Georgia, and Dr. Felicia Moss (Anthony); Sparta, Georgia, twenty-nine grandchildren, forty-two great-grandchildren, brothers, Mr. Richard Hunt (Helen), of Sparta, Georgia, George Hunt (Michelle), of Sparta, Georgia, sisters, Mrs. Calanthia Flood and Ms. Patricia Hunt, both of Chester, Pennsylvania. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and family friends to remember her.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8: And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is LOVE!
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