Imogene Nelle Evans, ne'e Whitus, passed away quietly among family members during the evening of Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 in Knoxville.
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She was ninety-six years of age. She is with the Lord now in Heaven.
She was a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a retired elementary school teacher. She was known by the hundreds of students she taught as 'Miss Imogene.' She was known to her family as 'Granny Jeannie,' 'Grandma', 'Mamaw,' or, most notably as 'Jeannie'.
She was predeceased by her loving husband, Robley 'Bob' Evans; mother and father, Gray and Mary Whitus; brother, Robert Gray (Buddy) Whitus; and loving daughter-in-law, Brenda Evans.
She is survived by her younger brother, Don Whitus; four loving children, Bobbie Jean (Eugene) Duncan; Mary Emily (Robert) Duncan, Sandra Anne (Charles) McDaniel and James Carr Evans and Tom Foster; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.
She was a 50-plus year member of Sunrise Order of the Eastern Star Number 364 and served as organist for approximately 30 years.
She was the subject of a 2004 book (along with three of her contemporaries and dear friends) entitled 'Snow Blossoms': The Ladies of Petros United Methodist Church, By June Patrick Gibbs.
Out of all her many accomplishments, Jeannie was very proud of being a member of the Petros Methodist Church. And she was indeed, a 'Good Christian Woman' who will be missed tremendously by her family, special friends, and her former students. But rest assured, Heaven is rejoicing with her homecoming.
The family received friends Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Schubert Funeral Home, Wartburg. Funeral services followed at 8 p.m. with Dr. Jim West and Rev. John Slater officiating. An Eastern Star Service was held prior to the funeral service. Graveside services were held Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the Petros Cemetery. Pallbearers were Duane Duncan, Greg Duncan, Anthony Duncan, Scott Evans, Jeff Foster and Charles McDaniel.
Schubert Funeral Home, Wartburg was in charge of arrangements.
Schubert Funeral Home
1318 Knoxville Highway
Wartburg, TN 37887
Published in Morgan County News from Oct. 9 to Oct. 15, 2013