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Betty Jean Evans

August 28, 2013

Mrs. Betty Jean Evans (77) was granted her heavenly wings on Sunday, August 25, 2013. Betty was born March 6, 1936 to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and Mandy Rieves. Betty was the fourth of six children. After graduating from Oktibbeha County Training School, Betty attended MI College in West Point.

At the age of 35, Betty began her career in banking where she spent nearly 30 years helping and servicing customers and friends. Betty was very active in her church and in the community. Betty served on the Hospital Board for OCH, treasurer of the United Methodist Women and Member of the Women’s Democratic Party. At Griffin, Betty served as past chair and current co-chair of the Trustee Committee, Building Fund and the Finance Committee and was the church auditor.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: Thomas Rieves Jr. and Sammy Rieves (Cora); one sister: Evelyn Williams (David).

Betty leaves to cherish her memories: a loving husband of 58 years, Lawrence Evans Sr.; three children: Sharon Boyd (Maurice/deceased) of Starkville, Sinetra Shelton (Danny Sr.) of North Carolina and Lawrence Evans Jr. (Angelica) of Texas; nine grandchildren: Amanda Collins (Kent) of Arkansas, El’ Freda Agboka (Joseph Jr.) of Switzerland, Joni Acuff (Jason) of Ohio, Christina Humphrey (Jason) of North Carolina, Danny Jr. Shelton (Taisha) of Texas, Matthew Evans of BVI; Sabrina Evans of BVI; Lawrence Evans III of California and Ethan Evans of Texas; 15 great-grandchildren, one brother, Robert Rieves (Joyce) of Starkville; one sister, Lucille Haynes (Michael) of Illinois; five sister-in-laws, six brother-in-laws and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 30, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Griffin United Methodist Church in Starkville. Visitation will be Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 12-5 p.m. at Century Hairston Funeral Home in Starkville.

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