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Evelyn Juanita (Phillips) Gates

February 9, 1942 ~ January 6, 2021 (age 78)

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With deepest and heartfelt sympathy, we announce the passing from this life of Mrs. Evelyn Juanita (Phillips) Gates, 78, a resident of 9003 Doublehead Road, Roanoke, Alabama.  Mrs. Gates transitioned from this life on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at her home in Roanoke. 

Evelyn was born February 9, 1942 in Roanoke, Alabama to the parentage of the late Willie and Mattie (Burrow) Phillips.  She received a State Of Alabama High School Equivalency Certificate in 1977.  She was employed for 35 years for the Randolph County Hospital as a Nursing Assistant for newborns.  Following her retirement from the Randolph County Hospital, she was employed for a short period at Traylor's and Rosser's Nursing Homes as a Nursing Assistant.

Evelyn was a dedicated health care professional, receiving numerous awards and certificates:  Nurses Aid Certificate, 1965; Lee County Hospital Merit Award Certificate for Nursing Assistants Staff Development Program for Newborns, 1976; and High-Risk Approach for Newborns Certification, 1977.

Evelyn was a faithful member of the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, Abanda, Alabama, where she was a member of the Choir, Missionary Society, and Matrons Department.  She served until her health failed.  

She was married to the late Tommie Lewis Gates and to this union one son, Ray Nelson Gates, was born,

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents: Mattie and Willie Phillips; Brothers: Luther and Walter Phillips; and sisters: Christine Smedley, Lillian Phillips, Dera Phillips and Vera Heath.

She leaves cherished memories to her son: Ray Nelson Gates of Roanoke, Alabama; six (6) Nieces: Dena P. Crosby, of Louisville, KY, Bernice P. Holman of Birmingham, AL, Janice P. Winston of Atlanta, GA, Joanna P. Stone of Birmingham, AL, Jackie P. Ray of Roanoke, AL, and Annie L. Whatley of Washington, DC; nine (9) Nephews: Reverend William Phillips (Georgia) of Roanoke, Alabama, Luther T. Phillips, Calvin Phillips, Willie Walter Phillips (Sarah) Kenneth Phillips (Nanette), Raymond Phillips, and Bennie Higgins, all of Roanoke, Alabama, and  James Phillips (Vicky) of Washington, DC; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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Services

Viewing For The Public
Wednesday
January 13, 2021

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Clark Funeral Home, Inc., dba Clark Memorial Funeral Service
252 LaFayette Highway
Roanoke, AL 36274

Celebration At Graveside
Thursday
January 14, 2021

1:00 PM
Rehope Baptist Church Cemetery
5267 County Road 258
LaFayette, AL 36862

Video is available for this event


Committal Service Following the Funeral
Thursday
January 14, 2021

Rehope Baptist Church Cemetery
5267 County Road 258
LaFayette, AL 36862

Video is available for this event


Interment following funeral service
Thursday
January 14, 2021

Rehope Baptist Church Cemetery
5267 County Road 258
LaFayette, AL 36862

Please note
Officiating will be her Pastor, Reverend Douglas Jones. Other Ministers sharing the roster include: Reverend Curtis Spidell, Reverend Ricky Cofield, Reverend W. H. Trammell, and Reverend Calvin Trammell, Eulogist.

Attendants will be Nieces, serving as flower attendants; and Nephews, serving as Pall Bearers.

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Our sincere prayers for comfort and peace are sent forth during this unsettling time of loss; and as always, we express deepest gratitude to our communities for sharing with the Phillips and Gates families during their time of loss.

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