Evelyn Blalock
McEwen Funeral Services
5716 Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC
Evelyn Thomas Blalock CHARLOTTE - Evelyn Thomas Blalock, 57, passed away peacefully on Friday January 3, 2014, surrounded by family and friends after courageously fighting synovial cell sarcoma. Her strength and perseverance are an inspiration to all. A native of Charlotte, Evelyn's childhood passion for music inspired her to become a professional violinist. She first won a position in the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra when she was only 17. Her career with the Symphony spanned 37 years. A founding member of "Carolina Strings" quartet, she served as manager and violinist from the group's 1982 inception. She has played music for hundreds of weddings, church services, and other events in both Carolinas and Virginia. Evelyn studied violin at Winthrop University, SUNY Buffalo, NC School of the Arts, and UNCC. She was instrumental in establishing the Charlotte Symphony Junior Youth Orchestra, also serving as its violin coach for several years. She inspired students of all ages in her private teaching studio. Preceded in death by her father, John Anthony "Tony" Thomas, Evelyn is survived by her mother, Judith Holland Thomas; husband of 29 years and the love of her life, Bob Blalock; their son Bill and wife Veerle; grandsons Eli and Lukas; brother Robert "Bobby" Thomas and wife Marisa; brother-in-law Merritt Blalock and wife Mindy; niece Jennifer Hornung; and many dear friends, including her musician colleagues whom she considered her extended family. Known for finding feathers everywhere she walked, Evelyn loved hiking and whitewater kayaking. She was an expert photographer and loved to knit. Alongside her K-9 Therapy companions Hoover and Kirby, Evelyn volunteered for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, and provided therapy visits to patients in nursing homes, hospitals, and hospice. Evelyn shared a smile and caring word with everyone she met. Her insightful, clever, and quick wit brought joy to all her friends and family. She was a gracious advocate for those who needed support. The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Livingston, and nurses Laurie Rosenthal, Sue Smith, and Gilly Hoare. Family will receive friends from 2-4 pm on Thursday, January 9th at McEwen Funeral Services at Sharon Memorial Park, 5716 Monroe Road, Charlotte. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Sarcoma Foundation of America, http://www.curesarcoma.org, specify synovial cell sarcoma.

Published by Charlotte Observer from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2014.
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There are people that enter your life. Maybe for a short time or for years. Then there are the few people that enter your heart... and stay there forever. We met when we were only 12. We had a heart connection that will last until the end of time... music, animals and laughing were our passions. Things would come and go in our lives but our love would never move from our heart. I'll never meet anyone who filled my heart and changed my life with just a smile. Her gentle nature and loving heart won't be forgotten. Evelyn's beauty both inside and out will never be surpassed. Those that knew her, loved her. We will never let go!
Ginny Edwards-West
January 10, 2017
Dear Bob and family,
I only learned of Evelyn's passing yesterday. I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Evelyn's time with us was far too short. She was, and you are, among the most gentle and loving people I have known. I know that you will carry her and keep her very much alive in your own thoughts and actions; but I know that the loss for you is not measurable. We are all better people for having known her.
Bill Lawing
January 14, 2014
I was sad to hear of Evelyns passing.
Bob Ennis
January 10, 2014
I am profoundly sad about Evelyn's passing. I opened the paper Tuesday morning, and there was her sweet face looking up at me from the obituary page. She was a lovely, generous person, a joy to be around. I opened the dishwasher last night and was reminded of her. When Andrea and I were married, Evelyn and Bob gave us a set of crystal salad bowls. I remember Evelyn saying, “When I buy gifts, I look for something I'd like to get myself.”

What a wedding present! Twenty-seven years later, we still use them every day.
Alan Tobias
January 10, 2014
My heart goes out to you for the loss of such a beautiful and talented daughter, Judy. I loved looking at the video and listening the violin music. Love, Molly Cornelius Haigh
Molly Haigh
January 9, 2014
Evelyn's courage was inspirational. Even when she wasn't feeling well she shared her warm smile and gentle spirit with all of us. Our hearts go out to Bob and the family for their loss. David and Jan Daugherty
David and Jan Daugherty
January 9, 2014
It's hard to even come up with words to express how sad I am that we have lost Evelyn.

She was such an amazing person and role model. She was the most loving, caring, giving and courageous person I have ever known. As a violist, such a talented musician and patient and gifted teacher. Once, when I was overwhelmed with violin, she asked me, "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time."

It is wisdom that I use every day.

I will never forget this woman who was beautiful inside and out and such a great example of how to live. She is my role model in every way I can think of. I am lucky to have had her grace touch my life. We are all forever altered for having known her.
Crystal Hall
January 9, 2014
May the example she left for us guide us all to show the same generosity of spirit and love
Josh Starnes
January 9, 2014
Hello Bob. You and your family have my deepest sympathy in the passing of Evelyn. I had a number of occasions to work with her and always enjoyed not only her musicianship but her warm and friendly attitude. She was a delight and I know will be missed by you and many other musicians.
Bob Ivey
January 9, 2014
This is just so sad. Evelyn was far too young to leave this life, she had so much to offer as a musician and as a person. My deepest sympathies to Bob and Bill.
January 9, 2014
I am shocked to learn of lovely Evelyn's tragic untimely death. She and Bob were my colleagues in the CSO and Bill was my neighbour. Please accept my sincerest condolences. RIP Evelyn.
Alex Kramer
January 8, 2014
I'm still in shock what a wonderful and beautiful person and a fine musician my thoughts and prayers will be with you Bob I will always remember the wonderful time Evelyn and I had sharing stand together her wit was great she had such a great since of humor she will truly be missed
Alasondro Linney
January 8, 2014
Evelyn was a kind and caring person. I remember her work with the youth symphony and teaching violin to our son. Both she and Bob added much to the Charlotte classical music scene. Work like that of Evelyn's continues in the lives of those who knew her and who continue to find her as an inspiration.
We are thankful for the life of Evelyn.
Karen Hite Jacob
January 8, 2014
How sad. As an adult, Evelyn taught me all I know about violin playing. Skilled musician, exceptional teacher, wonderful human being, will be missed by all who knew her.
Henry Cybulski
January 8, 2014
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Evelyn. My heart goes out to Bob and the rest of her family.
Harriett (Potter) Stoddard
January 8, 2014
O Bob, my heart goes out to you and your family. You are in my every prayer. Evelyn will be missed as a friend and a colleague.
Pat Dabbs Matson
January 8, 2014
Evelyn worked hard at the goals she set in her life - to be a fine violinist, the best mother, a wonderful wife and companion to Bob, and to be kind to EVERYONE. I'd say she was an overachiever on all counts. She was like a sister to me, and I will miss her beyond measure.
Martha Koljonen
January 8, 2014
Evelyn was a dear friend. She and I played many concerts, weddings and funerals together since my arrival in the Piedmont in 2002. Her legacy will be the fact that she was always giving herself, without reservation. May God bless her family, she will be missed.
Lin Bratcher
January 8, 2014
The world is a poorer place without Evelyn's gentle presence.She always made people's lives richer with her kindness and warmth. Evelyn and I have been friends since we were teenagers, and these qualities marked her life all of her days. Bob, my thoughts are with you and your family at this time.
Pat Talbert
January 8, 2014
I am in shock over Evelyn's passing. She was, beyond doubt, the best violin teacher I could have asked for. I responded well to her not just because she was kind and generous, but because she made me feel at ease. I am sure there are others out there who would say the same. I learned of her passing away about twenty minutes before I had to start teaching my own violin students this evening. I pulled out an old etude book that had her notes written in the margins and it made me realize that her legacy truly lives on.
Jessica Harne
January 7, 2014
I will miss seeing Evelyn's ever present smile and her beautifully kind spirit in the Charlotte Symphony. Bob, what an inspiration and rock you have been to her and all of us. My prayers are with you and your family.
Stephanie Blaha
January 7, 2014
Bob, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Doug Henry
January 7, 2014
Bob, I am so sorry to hear of Evelyn's passing. She has been so gracious and courageous through this entire battle. She was loved by many and will be sorely missed. My deepest sympathies are with you and your family.
Mary Brock
January 7, 2014
Evelyn was one of the kindest people I have ever worked with. My heart breaks for you Bob and I hope you find peace knowing how much we all care about you.
Mark Dulin
January 7, 2014
I met Evelyn and Bob at Reid's Wednesday Wine Tasting. They invited me to join them one night and we became instant friends. She was a very loving person and will be missed. RIP Evelyn.
Peggy Strong
January 7, 2014
My deepest condolences to Bob Blalock and family for the loss of Evelyn. In addition to being a wonderful friend and colleague, she was a guiding light and teacher in that she showed us all how to withstand adversity with strength, grace and elegance.
martha geissler
January 7, 2014
I will always remember her wit, welcoming smile, gentle spirit and unrelenting perseverance. My heartfelt condolences to every member of the family.
Deborah K Mishoe
January 7, 2014
Evelyn was the epitome of beauty, kindness, biting wit and grace! We will all miss her so very much.
Frank Portone
January 7, 2014
Judy, I am very sorry to hear about the passing of your daughter. May God be with you in this trying time

Jimmie O'Daniell Wilmington, NC
January 7, 2014
So sorry for your loss Mr. Blalock. You guys inspired and helped many kids with your music lessons, including myself.
Christopher George
January 7, 2014
My prayers and sympathy to Bob and all of Evelyn's family and friends. She is greatly missed and will live in our hearts and music forever. I feel honor to know her and play with her. She showed how to be strong and graceful in the worst of times and the good ones too. She was always and i really do mean always! kind and funny . I cherish the funny and fun times we all had at wine nights and her telling great stories about and with Bob and her friends . I am keeping her close in my prayers and heart.
Cynthia Frank
January 7, 2014
We are so saddened to read of Evelyn's passing. Please know you & Bill are in our thoughts and prayers.
Connie & Steve Baldwin
January 7, 2014
Evelyn is irreplaceable in every sense of the word. She was an amazing, beautiful, and gracious human being. Her presence is sorely missed. I will never feel the same at work without her. My deepest condolences to her family.
Susan Blumberg
January 7, 2014
Such a kind and gracious woman, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Denny Driver
January 7, 2014
My deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends during this difficult time.
January 7, 2014
What a wonderful and outstanding person she must have been. Her death is a great loss to anyone who knew her. My heartfelt sympathy to all her family and friends.
Jayne Callaham Burton
January 7, 2014
To have had Evelyn as such a treasured friend for over 30 years was truly a gift to us for which we will be forever grateful.
With love,
Carolyn and Brad
January 7, 2014
The entire Charlotte Symphony family mourns the loss of a wonderful colleague, steadfast friend and inspirational human being. Even in the most trying times, Evelyn showed us all what grace is about. All of our love and support go out to Bob and all of the Blalocks' family, and their many friends.
Celia Jelley
January 7, 2014
May God's light and love surround and support you. Although her presence will be missed, her memories live in our hearts.
Lisa Spring
January 7, 2014
I still play your violin that you sold to me when I was just 12 years old. I am grateful and proud beyond expression to be able to share what you taught me on that same instrument each time I have played in the 17 years since. You had one of the warmest hearts I've known and I will continue to cherish the time we shared with every note I play. With love, Nikki
Nikki Redman (Reynolds)
January 7, 2014
A simple word of praise to God for Evelyn who blessed me in many ways during hard times and very good times.

January 7, 2014
Our loss is incomprehensible.
Evelyn shared her life so generously with us. I am grateful for every moment we shared.
In love and sympathy,
January 6, 2014
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