The Progress-Index Weekend - - OBITUARIES -

On the morn­ing of Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27, 2018, our an­gel, Mrs. Martha Ann (Goode) Evans took her last breath and be­gan mak­ing her home in Heaven. Martha, af­fec­tion­ately known as “Billy” by her fam­ily, was born on Septem­ber 21, 1942, in Ch­ester­field County, VA. From birth to her last days, Martha was a fighter; never al­low­ing life’s ob­sta­cles to hold her back. Many would say she was a tough cookie. To know Martha, is to know that she was a hard-work­ing woman and very in­de­pen­dent! There wasn’t a doubt that she loved her fam­ily and if you got to know her, she surely treated you as such. Her chil­dren and grand­chil­dren were her world, she al­ways went above and be­yond for them.

She was ed­u­cated in the Ch­ester­field County Pub­lic School Sys­tem. She re­tired from the City of Peters­burg and worked as a part-time Cus­to­dian at Wal­nut Hill El­e­men­tary School, where she loved in­ter­act­ing with the chil­dren. Martha was a de­voted mem­ber of Taber­na­cle Bap­tist Church, serv­ing as a Church Cus­to­dian and a mem­ber of the Se­cu­rity and Usher Board Min­istry’s for many years. She was also a mem­ber of the L.A. Bai­ley Choir.

Whether gather­ing at her home on South Park Drive or at her sis­ter’s, she loved hav­ing her fam­ily all to­gether. Martha loved to clean, dance, watch foot­ball, and play cards. No hol­i­day or fam­ily gather­ing would be right with­out a game of Deuces, Spades, or Po­keno. She loved play­ing, es­pe­cially with her grand­chil­dren. She was also a huge Pitts­burgh Steel­ers fan. While some of us were run­ning around the house, she would be sit­ting on the couch fo­cused on her Steeler’s win­ning.

Await­ing her Heav­enly ar­rival are her par­ents, Joseph and Emily Goode; broth­ers, Raleigh Goode and Al­fred “Bo Dilly” Goode, Sr.; and grand­son, Javonta “Bert Bert” Cren­shaw.

She leaves to cher­ish her me­mory: hus­band, Henry Evans; lov­ing sib­lings, Charles Goode and Doris Sum­mers, both of Peters­burg, VA; broth­ers in love, Gar­land Evans (Otelia) of Ch­ester­field, Ge­orge Evans of Alexan­dria, James Evans (Laura), and Rus­sell Evans (Jackie) of Ma­toaca; sis­ters in love, Cor­nell Wilkins of Rich­mond, Lin­nie Wing­field (Charles) of Suther­land, and Vera Yates (Cleaver) of Peters­burg.

She also leaves to cher­ish her me­mory de­voted chil­dren, Tyris Akins, Mitchell Evans (Sheila), Melissa Turner (Dar­rell), Ray Goode (Brid­gette), La­mont Evans, and Nakita Barnes, all of Peters­burg, VA; grand­chil­dren, Jada N. Akins of Bowie, MD, Randy Aubrey, Jr. of Detroit, MI, Der­rain (Brit­tney) of Sacra­mento, CA, Ter­rain Goode of Rich­mond, VA, and K’von Evans, J’Ari Brown, Shakia Barnes, and Joshua Clarke, all of Peters­burg, VA; great-grand­chil­dren, Rashaun Lopez-Aubrey and Ryleigh Aubrey of Detroit, MI, Ariyuanna Cren­shaw of New York, Jay­den Goode of Sacra­mento, CA, Kay’siya Jor­dan, Ja’Vonii Barnes, and K’mori White, all of Peters­burg, VA.; and a host of nieces, neph­ews, cousins, and friends.

2 Corinthi­ans 5:8 says, “…to be ab­sent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” We are con­fi­dent in know­ing that she is now re­joic­ing with her Heav­enly Fa­ther. Although she is not phys­i­cally here, her spirit will live on through her loved ones. We are thank­ful for her life and will surely miss her deeply.

Ser­vices will be held 12:00 Noon, Mon­day, Novem­ber 5, 2018, at Taber­na­cle Bap­tist Church, 418 Hal­i­fax Street, Peters­burg, VA., the Rev. Dr. Robert A. Diggs, Sr., Pas­tor, eu­lo­gist. The in­ter­ment to fol­low at Din­wid­die Me­mo­rial Park.

Fu­neral ar­range­ments en­trusted to the staff of J.M. Wilk­er­son Fu­neral Es­tab­lish­ment, Inc., 102 South Av­enue, Peters­burg, Va., (804) 732-8911, www.jmwilk­er­son­

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