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Betty Evans

Former Georgia Baptist and longtime missionary to East Africa Betty Evans died Aug. 6. She was 89.

A graduate of Mercer University, Evans served alongside her husband Chuck when the latter was pastor at Mansfield Baptist Church, Shiloh Baptist Church, and Dearing Baptist Church in the 1950s. At those locations she led in GAs, WMU, youth, and in choirs through playing the piano and organ.

The couple left in 1958 for East Africa through the International Mission Board, serving for 30 years and helping establish more than 60 churches. Evans’ talents led to ministering through music and establishing literacy programs for women and girls as well as nine years of assisting at the Baptist clinic in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.

During furlough the Evanses lived in missionary homes and built relationships with those at Lithonia Baptist Church and Statesboro First Baptist. While on medical retirement, Chuck Evans served as interim pastor at Clairmont Baptist Church in Atlanta. Upon his death Betty returned to Kenya several times on volunteer missions projects and later was a member again of Dearing Baptist Church.

A member of Trinity Baptist Church in Madison, AL at the time of her death, Evans is survived by daughters Susan Brockway of Louisville, KY and Kathleen Cox; son Charles Evans, of Madison, AL; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


Evelyn Sangster, 85, died July 31.

A native of Louisville, KY, Sangster and her husband, Harold, served at churches in Dalton, Lakeland, Garden City, Tallapoosa, Toccoa, Hiawasee, Cordele, and Vienna where she directed children’s choirs, taught missions through WMU, and led VBS and he was pastor.

Preceded in death by her husband of 57 years on Nov. 23 of last year, she is survived by sons Jonathan, of Dunwoody, Timothy, of Cleveland, and Nathan, of Simpsonville, KY; a sister, Bonnie Stowers, of Jeffersontown, KY; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.