Raymond Evans on Feb. 16, 2013, was called home to be with the Lord after a long illness in Deborah Heart and Lung Center, Browns Mills, N.J. Raymond is survived by his devoted and loving wife Mary Evans (nee Mudd) and children Douglas and Rayna Evans.
Raymond, the son of the late Henry P. and Cora Evans, was born in Fair Bluff, N.C. on Dec. 25, 1934. Raymond was one of seven children, and the last surviving child of this union. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Henry (H.P.), Jack, Luther, Fred, Mary Lou, Joe and nephew/brother Bobby Ray.
Spending his formative years in Fair Bluff he graduated in 1953 from the Chadbourn Negro High School in Columbus County, N.C.
Raymond married Mary on May 6, 1961 and from this union a son, Douglas Evans of Charlotte, N.C. and a daughter, Rayna Evans of Laurel, Md. were born. Raymond and Mary resided in Browns Mills, N.J. and were married for 51 years.
As a Vietnam War veteran he served 23 years in the U.S. Air Force and later worked as a postal clerk with the U.S. Postal Service; retiring in 1998. He was active in the Prince Hall Masons and obtained his 33rd Degree, the highest Masonic degree.
He is also survived by an abundant amount of nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews whom he loved and adored. He had an especially close relationship with his nieces Diane ""Big 40"" Lewis, Barbara Dees and Gale Thomas. In addition, he was survived by a brother-in-law, David Mudd, who was his active caregiver.
Raymond was a member of Butler Branch Baptist Church in Fair Bluff and active in the McGuire Chapel on McGuire AFB and served on the usher board. He was an avid Philadelphia sports fan, enjoyed deep sea fishing and being with family and friends. Raymond maintained lasting life long friendships and was always there for friends and family when needed and will forever be in our hearts.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday (Feb. 22). Viewing will be 9 to 11 a.m. at McGuire Air Force Base North Chapel, 3827 School House Road, Wrightstown, N.J. Interment in Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown, N.J.
In lieu of flowers you may make a charitable donation to the following: Deborah Hospital Foundation, 212 Trenton Road, Browns Mills, NJ 08015. Funeral arrangements are by W.R. Woody Funeral Home, Burlington, N.J.
Published in The Trentonian on Feb. 21, 2013