Funeral services for Deacon Eddie Joe “Big Daddy” Evans, age 91 of Sulphur Springs, were at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at Mitchell Chapel C.O.G.I.C. Burial was in the Denton Cemetery in Mount Vernon with Supt. Melton Timmons officiating and Supt. Nelson Gatlin serving as the eulogist.
Mr. Evans was born March 7, 1921 in Mount Vernon to Ed and Nellie Evans. He received his education at Mount Vernon schools. He married Sis. L. V. Minter and they had three sons. He served as Deacon at Bookman Temple Church of God in Christ for many years and later united with Mitchell Chapel Church of God in Christ. In March 1968, he met and married Sis. Ophelia Langley Allen. He was employed with the Newsom Packing Company of Mount Vernon before moving to Sulphur Springs, where he was employed at Pratt’s Packing Company for many years.
He died Sunday, Jan. 13 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Sis. L. V. Minter, a son, Joe Evans, a daughter, Barbara Evans, and three brothers, Otis Don, Mirrell, and Travis Evans.
He is survived by his wife, Ophelia Evans; a sister, Sis. Dorothy Nell Dunlap of Mount Vernon; a brother and sister-in-law, Eddie Evans, Jr. and Eva of Denton; two sons and daughters-in-law, Hubert and Carol Evans of Carson, Calif. and Eddie and Linda Evans of Tyler; a God-daughter, Missionary Audine Turman of Sulphur Springs; 15 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, 36 great-great-grandchildren, two great-great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.