Funeral service will be at 6 p.m. Monday at Crestwood Chapel for Charles Rayford Evans, 79, of Gadsden, who passed away on Friday, February 7, 2014. Pastor Mike Alexander and Rev. Larry Fuhrman will officiate. Burial will be in Crestwood Cemetery. Crestwood Memorial Funeral Home will direct services.
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Rayford was ordained as a deacon at age 25 at James Memorial Baptist Church. He was active in all phases of church work for many years. He served on the Etowah County Board of Education for six years. He worked in the engineering department at Gulf States Steel for 45 years. He was an avid golfer.
He is survived by his wife, Marie, whom he married on St. Valentine's Day, 1954, in a beautiful red and white wedding at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this Valentine's Day. They have a daughter, Amy Evans Merka (Bill), of College Station, Texas; son, Mark Evans of Hokes Bluff; four grandchildren, Robert and Jonathan Evans and Sara and Madaleine Merka; brother, Norris Evans; sisters-in-law, Merle Upton, Lois Dubois and Bobbie Evans; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved Collie, Missy, and Maine Coon cat, Tiger.
Pallbearers will be family members.
Honorary pallbearers are all members of members of Jim Stivender's Sunday School class at First Baptist Church, Gadsden.
The family will accept flowers, or memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Gadsden or to
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday afternoon from 4 p.m. until the hour of service.
You may view this obituary and send online condolences at www.crestwoodmemorialfh.com.
Published in The Gadsden Times on Feb. 9, 2014