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Ceola Evans made her entrance into the world on February 8, 1921 in the Metropolis of Citra, Florida. Her parents were the late Henry “Ace” and Julia Evans. She had only one brother, the late Alfred Evans. Ceola attended school at Howard Academy in Ocala, Florida and graduated in 1939. She entered to learn at Bethune Cookman College

(University) and also taught in Citra. While commuting as a student at Cookman, she majored in education, pledged Mummies and Zeniths Club and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She “Departed to Serve” from Bethune Cookman in 1947 and attended FAMU for further studies in education. She taught in Sarasota for one year and moved to Vero Beach in 1948. There she taught at Gifford Elementary School and Gifford High School.

Ceola attended New Hope Methodist Church as a child and accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior at the age of 19. She later joined New Bethel  AME Church under the pastorage of G. W. Hartford Lee (now Presiding Elder). Where she served as Director of Christian Education, Missionary President, Deaconess, Sunday School Leader and Steward. She was given the honor of Steward Emeritus at New Bethel under the pastorage of Rev. Jacqueline Clanton.

Ceola hobbies were baking sweet potato pies, sponsoring pink tea,” hosting family reunions and serving as a great mentor to hundreds of people. Ceola’s warm, sweet smile and great big heart were her greatest assets. She helped to many people; never expecting anything in return. Her 97th birthday celebration Events that she shared in her home with many of her family, friends, former colleagues and church members.

On Sunday, March 4, 2018, God saw that the road was getting rough and the hills were too hard to climb. God whispered to Ceola, “You’ve fought a good fight, you have finished your course and you have kept the faith; Peace be thine.”

Ceola is survived by her cousin and caregiver, Bennye Laveta, Irving Barrett of Orlando, FL; cousins, Jean Marie Lester, Bernice McClendon (Sam) and Ricky Lester both of Jacksonville, FL; her last caretaker and housekeeper whom she loved dearly, Norma Jean Smith (Harold); caretaker Sherry Judon; her God-daughter, Wilhelmenia “Bille” Terry; a special friend and church member, Lenora Williams; and a host of cousins and sorrowing friends.

A visitation for Ms. Ceola Evans will be held on Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 4 – 7 p.m. at New Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1905 38th Lane – Gifford . A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 12:00 Noonat New Bethel A.M.E. Church - Gifford. Interment will take place Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at New Hope United Methodist Church Cemetery in Citra, Florida.

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  • Thursday, March 15, 2018
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  • Thursday, March 15, 2018
    We're so sorry to hear you are mourning the recent loss of your loved one. May you find strength and comfort from the words of Psalms 46:1 which reads: "God is our refuge and strength, A help that is readily found in times of distress." Our loving God is there for us if we ask for his help (1 John 5:14). He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection. ~~~You are also cordially invited to the memorial of Jesus death. The means by which the promise of a paradise is possible. Saturday March 31st, 2018 at 7:30pm. Location : 9393 NE 21st Ave, Anthony FL 32617
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Monday, March 26, 2018
    Dear Evans Family, I want to express my condolences. Almighty God provides comfort in the Bible at 2Corinthians 1:3-4. Further, God states a positive hope for the future on earth at Revelation 21:3-5. May these scriptures comfort your family and friends.
    ~ T. Ponder   FL
  • Thursday, April 19, 2018
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this time of sorrow. May you find comfort in reading John 5: 28,29.
    ~ Ron & Margaret Harry   Port St. Lucie, FL