ALBERT JEFFERSON EVANS
MAY 1917 - JANUARY 2009
Albert Jefferson Evans a resident of St. Albans, New York died Thursday, January 29th 2009 after a long and protracted illness. He was born in Augusta, Georgia on May 10, 1917 making him 91 years of age. He was one of four sons named Louis, Philip and William, and two sisters, Sarah and Beatrice, the children of both Louis von Evans and Madora Jefferson.
Albert came to New York at about the age of 18 to make a life for himself. He became a bartender until he was called to serve his country when World War II broke out. He enlisted into the military on August 15, 1941. He served as an Administrative Specialist with reached the rank of Sergeant. His tour of duty took him to Algeria, Morocco, Naples, Rome and Tunisia. He received commendation with 3 metals for his service. They were: The American Defense Service Medal; The European African, Middle Eastern Sendee Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged from service on September 4, 1945. And after leaving the Army he worked for the Post Office until his retirement in 1982. During which time, he met and fell in love with Kathryn Barnes and they began their life together as husband and wife on November 12, 1963.
Albert and Kathryn lived in the Bronx and later got a piece of the "American Dream" by purchasing a home in Queens, New York. Later in life both Albert and Kathryn embraced Catholicism as their new faith, being baptized at the Church of St. Clement Pope located in Jamaica, Queens on April 2, 1988.
He continued to be a devoted and loving husband until Kathryn succumbed to cancer on February 16, 1999. Kathryn was diagnosed in the early 1990's. Still, Albert continued to quietly and tirelessly care for his loving wife seeking every conceivable treatment until she succumbed to it.
A man is not measured by the things he possesses but by the legacy that he leaves behind.
Anyone who knew Albert found him to be a deeply sensitive, compassionate and loving individual. He had a zest for life and enjoyed the finer things as was evident by his neat and dapper attire. He enjoyed a good steak and a cup of coffee with apple pie. He also enjoyed big band music and enjoyed reading. He also contributed to many charities and causes. His generosity was only exceeded by his big heart.
He had an infectious personality and a generous spirit that came natural. He was always looking to help others without prompting, gaining their admiration and respect. Even when his own health failed him, and the only way to care for him was in a Nursing Home, his limitations did not prevent him from assisting others in need. The nurses all loved him and cared for him without protest.
Albert is survived by several family members. Some of which are mentioned here:
His sister, Sarah Thompson; Her sons: Charles and Harold Thompson His brother Louis's children: Louis von Evans, Medora von Evans and
Velita (Liz) Tunon His brother William's children: William Evans, Jr.; Alithea Powell, Octoria
(Tony) Dukes, Delores Swerdloff, Doug Samuels, Bobby
Evans and Nicole Evans
There are also many more great and great grand nieces and nephews too numerous to mention.
His passing will be missed by many but never forgotten. There are those rare individuals that we chance to encounter in life that leave an impression upon the hearts that cannot be denied or nullified. Albert greatest gift was his
humility and his ability to give of himself without asking for anything back.
But how should we who are left behind to ponder his memory feel about his passing?
Notice Jesus feelings toward those who give of themselves and the rewards they could look forward to after their passing.
Jesus happened to be at a dinner party and made this statement:
(Luke 14:12-14) 12 Next he proceeded to say also to the man that invited him: "When you spread a dinner or evening meal, do not call your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors. Perhaps sometime they might also invite you in return and it would become a repayment to you. 13 But when you spread a feast, invite poor people, crippled, lame, blind; 14 and you will be happy, because they have nothing with which to repay you. For you will be repaid in the resurrection o f the righteous ones."
So, we should all take great comfort that Jesus
found value in such a man and that his works of
charity and generosity would be rewarded not in
this lifetime but in the next by Jehovah God
We can take great comfort also in knowing that God's Word the Bible teaches us that Albert is no longer suffering but has the happy hope of living forever in paradise and being reunited with his loving wife Kathryn in a place free from pain, sickness and sorrow in paradise.
But why should a man like Albert and all of us suffer the ravages of old age and death? Its because our first human parents Adam and Eve trespassed against God and left us a legacy of sin and death from which only a perfect son of God could redeem us from.
(Romans 5:18-21) 18 So, then, as through one trespass the result to men o f all sorts was condemnation, likewise also through one act of justification the result to men o f all sorts is a declaring o f them righteous fo r life. 19For just as through the disobedience o f the one man many were constituted sinners, likewise also through the obedience o f the one [person] many will be constituted righteous. 20 Now the Law came in beside in order that trespassing might abound. But where sin abounded, undeserved kindness abounded still more. 21 To what end? That, just as
sin ruled as king with death, likewise also undeserved kindness might rule as king through righteousness with everlasting life in view through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Sinned entered the world through the reckless act of one perfect son of God Adam and condemned us all into a life with death as a legacy, but God in his great love and mercy sought a way by which men of all sorts can be saved by our acknowledging the righteous act of another perfect son of his Jesus Christ. And so the legacy Jesus leaves is one that leads to life everlasting
And today if we all embrace his Jesus life as having meaning and his sacrifice as atoning for our sins we can have the confidence that if we die and believe in him we too can live again if we embrace what he himself mentions in John 3:17
(John 17:3) This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge o f you, the only true God, and o f the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ.
And as we pay our last respects to Albert Evans he and his beloved Kathryn were two who embraced the belief that Jesus was indeed the resurrection and the life and they will not be a disappointed because of God's promise:
(1 Peter 2:5-6)....6For it is contained in Scripture: "Look! I am laying in Zion a stone, chosen, a foundation cornerstone, precious; and no one exercising faith in it will by any means come to disappointment. "
(John 5:25-29) 25 "Most truly I say to YOU, The hour is coming, and it is now, when the dead will hear the voice o f the Son of God and those who have given heed will live.
(John 11:25) 25 ... "I am the resurrection and the life. He that exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life;
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone present for their loving support and taking the time to honor the memory of Albert Evans and console the family during this difficult time
Albert Evans will be buried tomorrow morning with full military honors alongside his wife Kathryn at the Calverton National Cemetery at Calverton, NY 11933