On Friday, September 24, 2021, our beautiful mama, devoted wife and cherished sister Betty J. “Redtop” Epps Evans slipped away in death.
There’s a saying – “a mother’s love is like an imperishable sun that cannot go out.” This is so very true because mama’s help us find the right path, travel the right road and learn from our mistakes. When we fell, she lifted us up, when we were sick, she stayed with us even if it took all night and nursed us back to health and when we were hurt, she bandaged our boo boo’s, kissed it, said it would be alright…so “get up and try it again.” That’s all she had to say to make things better for us.
Our mama graduated salutatorian of her class and taught all of us, especially her girl’s, the importance of holding our own, having strength and to be a hard worker. She was a real “G” when it came to working – never afraid to do what it took to get it done. She was also a fabulous cook. Every day was Sunday dinner at our house. When she cooked, not only was the food good to look at, but it tasted delicious. She always made sure that we had more than enough; even for those who might stop by. She loved to hear compliments on how good her food tasted. Y’all remember those congregation fish fry’s in the big black pot? Man…such great memories. Besides cooking, mama enjoyed doing word puzzles and of course loved shopping and dressing…a true fashionista (even when she went to the grocery store). Most importantly though, our mama and wife was very zealous in her public ministry in service to Jehovah God. This work of telling family and neighbors about God’s promise of better conditions to come was the principal part of her life. And for that, we are eternally grateful for such an example. Betty was well loved and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Our mama truly loved her children, her dear husband Joe of 54 years and her friends. We love you and miss you always, Mama! Betty is preceded in death by her granddaughter, Alayah Evans; her parents; and her brother, Arthur James Epps. She is survived by her husband, Joe N. Evans, Sr.; her children, Joe Nathan Evans, Jr. (Lisa), Marion Evans, Gale Evans Jones (Bo), Jeremy Evans, Sharonda Evans, and Ashley Evans; grandchildren, Charmetria Evans, Jayden Evans, Jada Anderson, Jaycee Evans, and Braeden Watson; great-grandchildren, Ja’Scion, De’Kari, and En’viee; sister, Ola V. Thompson (MC), as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family members and friends who loved her dearly.
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