ANGUILLA — Bettie Mae Watts Evans, 94, of Anguilla, went to her heavenly home Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, at Sharkey Issaquena Hospital, following a brief illness. Visitation was held Thursday, Sept. 17, at Walker Funeral Home, Rolling Fork. A graveside service was held Friday, Sept. 18, at Locust Grove Cemetery, with Christian Light Baptist Church Pastor T. D. Wicks officiating.
She was born June 17, 1926, to Susie Askew Watts and Lewis Watts in Bellevue (Dallas County), Alabama. Her husband, King T. Evans; parents; son, Carl Shephard Evans; daughter-in-law, Earnestine Mayberry Watts; granddaughter, Lisa Bishop Walker; and 10 siblings preceded her in death.
She was a devoted member of Christian Light Baptist Church, where she served as president of the Usher Board for over 50 years, taught Sunday School and Bible Study and participated in most activities.
She graduated Deluxe Beauty College in Greenville and operated Bettie’s Beauty Shop until retirement in 2001.
Politically and socially conscious, she was a member of the Sharkey County Branch of the NAACP and devoted time and resources to advance de-segregation and voter registration in the area. She was one of the first Blacks to work in local elections as a poll worker at Anguilla Precinct Number 4 and later served as poll manager for several years. Her circle of friends expanded through her memberships with the Home Demonstration Club, Sister Aid Society, Elite Social Club, Order of the Eastern Stars and the PTA and PTO.
Her legacy will be cherished by sons, Cleveland Watts, of Natchez, and King T. (Nadean) Evans Jr., of Anguilla; daughters, Geneva E. Bishop, of Chicago, Illinois, Sidney E. (Robert) Cole, of St. Louis, Missouri, A. Carolyn E. (Obra) Hackett, of Jackson, V. Lynn Evans, of Memphis, Tennessee, and Dora E. (Stanley) Sisney, of Jackson; daughters/nieces, Susie Campbell Philipp, of Roseville, California, and Mary Elaine Bolden, of Gardenia, California; son/nephew, Dwayne (Subrina) Bolden, of Jackson.
In addition, her legacy continues through her grandsons, Undra (Rose) Washington, of Greenville, Julian (Rosa) Bishop, of San Jose, Costa Rica, Obra V. (Shebra) Hackett, Jr. of Grand Prairie, Texas, Christopher K. (Lori) Evans of Cordova, Tennessee, Tracy D. Evans, of Jackson, and Cleveland Watts Jr., of Houston, Texas; granddaughters, Rhonda Watts (Rolston) Williams and Tangila Watts (Gerald) Dove, of Converse, Texas, Tiffany D. (Bernard) Berryhill, of Webb, Constance E. A. Evans, of Olive Branch, Whitney J. Sisney, of Houston, Texas, and Bridget D. Sisney, of Walls; special grandsons/nephews, Anthony (Rebecca) Philipp, of Roseville, California, and George S. (Laureen) Philipp, of Folsom, California; special granddaughter/niece, Carlissa Lovette, of Anguilla; great-grandchildren who brought her unspeakable delight; sister, Corine Watts, Lovette, of Anguilla; sisters-in-law, Elsie Watts, of Birmingham, Alabama, and Comelita Watts, of Greenville; brother-in-law, Floyd Hampton, of Rolling Fork; and special niece, Donna Lovette (Earl) Anderson, of Anguilla.
Friends wishing to honor her memory might consider a memorial contribution to Christian Light Baptist Church, P.O. Box 513, Anguilla, MS 38721.