A homegoing celebration for Mrs. Ruby Ray Evans, 85, of Centerville, was held Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Walters Funeral Home in Centerville, Texas. Interment was in Spiller Cemetery, south of Centerville in rural Leon County.
Serving as pallbearers were Jermaine Hopkins, Anthony Taylor, Jr., Derrick Lacey, Bobby Hold, Sean Hopkins and Larry Holt. Honorary pallbearers were Linzy Evans, Jr., Alford McClinton, Jr., Jermaine Johnson, James Taylor, Anthony Butler and Jessie Lotts.
Ruby Ray (Butler) Evans was born on October 1, 1931 in Taylor, Texas to Joe Butler and his wife, Ruby (Hughes) Butler. She was one of thirteen children and the last of those children alive at the time of her death in the CHI St. Joseph Healthcare Center in Bryan, Texas on February 21, 2017.
She was a lifelong resident of Leon County. The Lord saved her as a young teenager under the leadership of Rev. Lon Evans at Wilson Chapel C.O.G.I.C.
She met and married Supt. C.D. Evans (March 7, 1959). They worked together for the Lord in the ministry for many years. God called them to establish the first C.O.G.I.C. in Centerville, Texas (June 1971). She named the church Evans Chapel C.O.G.I.C. She served as church treasurer and, later, became the “Mother” of the church. In 1982, Mother Evans and Supt. Evans were called by God to pastor Wilson Chapel C.O.G.I.C. She worked as a housekeeper at a nursing home facility and was a homemaker, wife and mother.
Preceded in death by her parents and by all of her siblings: brothers, Sandy Hopkins, Sylvester Hopkins, Milton Davis, Johnnie Lotts, Joe Butler, Eugene Butler and Robert Lotts and sisters, L.R. McClinton, Angie Lacey, Ollie Mae Myles, Josephine Davis and Merlean Holt.
Survived by her husband, Supt. C.D. Evans of Centerville, Texas; son, Linzy Evans and wife, Lavette, of Italy, Texas; daughters, Pam Hopkins and husband, Norman, of Centerville, Texas, Lesia Madison and husband, Tyson, of Conroe, Texas; Jacqueline Taylor and husband, Anthony, of Centerville, Texas and Honetha Willis and husband, Norris, of Centerville, Texas; thirteen grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were entrusted to Walters Funeral Home in Centerville, Texas. Please log onto www.waltersfuneralhome.com to leave condolences for the family in the memorial guestbook.