Nathaniel Evans was born June 10, 1932 in Marshall Texas to Lonnie and Carrie Evans. He is the 15th of 18 children. He leaves to mourn him his wife Mary Evans, his 4 children Nathaniel Evans Jr. who preceded him in death, Michael Evans, daughter in-law Lolita Evans, Chansell Evans-Green, special friend William Jackson, Elyna LaShae Evans-Joseph, son in-law Stephon Joseph, daughter in-law, Sheila Evans, brother Willie C. Evans, sister Doris Robinson. Grandchildren. Tyisha Ford, Shakira Evans, Ke'Yuanda Evans-Robertson, Jonte Robertson grandson in-law, Marquis Evans, Michelle R. Evans, Michael Evans II currently stationed in Germany, Michelle Evans daughter in-law, Treschanna Green, Lamonya Nemirow, and Jermain Joseph. He also leaves behind 6 great grandchildren, Tiyre King, Joshua Robertson, Nia Robertson, Kenneth Milo Amons, Jade Nemirow, and Jordan Joseph. In addition he leaves cousins Kathy Thomas, Ben Miles, host of nieces and nephews and life-long friend, Florene VanHook.
Nathaniel arrived in California at the age of 14 and attended local schools and colleges.
His religious affiliation was Macedonia Church where he taught Sunday School, and New Bethel Church of God in Christ, Pittsburg where he played piano. In 1951 He enlisted in the Air Force and served as combat medic in the Korean War on the front line. He returned to the United States and pursued his education and passion for nursing and the medical field.
He worked in his profession as a psychiatric nurse at the VA hospital until 1974. His passion and high light of his life was working at what was known as the Neighborhood House in North Richmond for 40 years serving the community. The Neighborhood House was later renamed and known as the Senior Center. He was as faithful to the Senior Center as he was to religion. Assisting with the annual Easter breakfast as one of the cooks, Christmas distribution and weekly Food Bank trips. For years, he was their van driver. In his declining years, this was still one of the things he remembered and was at the forefront of his mind.
His hobbies were fishing, annual hunting trips with his hunting dogs, academia, and playing the piano until his memory declined. His philosophy was to be successful, you should be a life- long learner. To this end, he leaves behind a legacy of “ a generational hard work ethic” and academic accomplishments.
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