VERDUNVILLE, W.Va. — On August 31, 2012, Alberta Evans, 82, of Verdunville, laid down her cross on this side of the river to pick up a crown of life to wear forever.
Born September 1, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Bessie Williams. Also preceding her in death was her husband, Everett “Shorty” Evans; one brother, Delbert Jay Williams; one son, Freddy Evans, and one grandson, Hoyt Matthew Patterson. They all welcomed her home in Heaven and are now rejoicing and praising the Lord.
Surviving her are one sister: Betty Jean Burgess, the wife of the late Albert “Shot” Burgess; three sons: Harold (Wanda) Evans, Ralph (Nellie) Evans and Gary (Christine) Evans; five daughters: Connie (Arlie Sr.) Bush, Bonnie (Kenneth-Ben) Lambert, Candy (Darrell) Brewer, Tammie (Paul) Aleshire and Iva Mae Evans; grandchildren: Sharon (Jasper) Dingess, Paula Butcher, Harold Lee Evans Jr., Stephanie (Eddie) Torres, Melanie Bush (Bruce) Lawson, Arlie Bush Jr. (fiancé Jennifer Ballard), Scott Armstrong, Reinhardt Evans Jr., Angel (Orville) Ray, Emily Patterson, Mark Blankenship and Brittany Aleshire; great-grandchildren: C.J. Manley, Ashley Butcher, William Manley, Kayla Manley, Summer Manley, Jody Christopher Butcher, Madison Ray, Dustin Ray Maci Ray, Grace Armstrong, Caleb Bruce Lawson, Alyx Bush, Emma Grace Bush, Lisa Evans, Eric Evans, Pandace Brewer, Bruce Brewer, Maggie Armstrong and William Scott Armstrong, and great-great grandchildren: Landon Vannatter, Malachi Manley, Sophia Grace Manley and Ethan Lee Evans.
Alberta was a member of the Mt. Carmel Freewill Baptist Church for 56 years. She belonged to the Lena Kirk Circle and served as their President for many years. She was dedicated and loved her Church and her Church family until she was called Home.
Alberta loved to travel with her family and go to family reunions. She loved to sit on her back porch and have her family and friends around her. Her greatest joy was meeting and marrying the love of her life, Shorty Evans, and raising and loving her children. She said her greatest joy was being a stay at home mom and getting to be with her children as they grew up. She enjoyed cooking, canning and baking. She got up early on Sunday mornings so she could enjoy listening to Calvin Ray Evans Jr. preach on the television.
She had special people in her life that she considered her children and loved very much: Jerry Brown, Eva Browning, Coodie and Walter Pennington and Dave and Heather Vance.
The family would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Kiti, his nurse Sandy, Dr. Omar, and the staff on 4th floor of Logan Regional Medical Center for all the special care and attention they gave to their mother. Also, the family would like to say thank you to a special lady, their mother’s caregiver, Faye Lackey.
Visitation will be held at James Funeral Home for the family on Monday, September 3, 2012, from 5-6 p.m. and visitation for family and friends from 6-9 p.m.
The funeral will be held Tuesday, September 4, at noon at Mt. Carmel Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Bobby Belcher and Rev. Arlie Bush Jr. officiating.
James Funeral Home of Aracoma is in charge of the arrangements.