Funeral services for Mrs. Pauline Evans Lewis, 74, of 1055 Glenwood Drive, Orangeburg, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gregory Young officiating. Burial will follow in Belleville Memorial Gardens. The casket will be placed in the church one hour before the service. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church. Friends may call at the residence and Bythewood Funeral Home.
Mrs. Pauline Evans-Lewis of Orangeburg departed this life on Sunday, Nov. 25. Pauline was born Aug. 13, 1938, in Orangeburg. She was the beloved youngest daughter of the late Deacon John Gary and Florence Frederick Evans of Orangeburg.
She began her educational training at Felton Training School and then Wilkinson High School. After her graduation from Wilkinson High in 1955, she continued her studies at then-South Carolina State College. Pauline completed her bachelor of science in education and her Master of Education from her beloved South Carolina State. She also furthered her studies at the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina, where she obtained a certified reading specialists certificate.
Pauline was united in holy matrimony to the late Otis W. Lewis and through this union they were blessed with a son, Gary Jason.
Pauline served in several professional and academic associations, which have allowed her to travel extensively throughout America and to serve as a facilitator at National Association of Laboratory School Conferences. Pauline also served as director of the Kids in College summer program at Felton Laboratory School for more than 10 years. During this time, Felton had some of its highest enrollments and outstanding academic performance. Pauline was also an adjunct professor at South Carolina State University and continued to teach and train until her retirement in 2003. Pauline worked as an educator for 42 years and at South Carolina State University for more than 25 years. She was inducted into the Quarter Century Club and also received the SCSU Service Award in 2003. Even though she was retired, she continued to be an active supporter of her beloved Garnet and Blue SCSU.
She served in many capacities at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, among which was president of Ward 4 for more than 10 years, vice president of the Pulpit Aid Club and a member of the Women’s Guild. Though Pauline served on many committees and organizations at Mount Pisgah, her heart was tied forever to her beloved choir. Pauline loved to sing! Praising God and singing the songs of Zion was where she found peace, joy and connection with her heavenly Father. Her gift of song and her passion to serve allowed her to become the first president of the community-wide Mount Pisgah Mass Choir. She served in this and other capacities for more than 40 years and was still a loyal choir member until her passing. The Mass Choir was truly her labor of love and a ministry she took tremendous pride in for its various accomplishments and service to Mount Pisgah and the Orangeburg community. Her imprint is indelible and will last forever.
Pauline was preceded in death by her husband, Otis W. Lewis; her parents, Gary and Florence Frederick Evans; brothers and sisters, John “J.G.” Evans, Sara Evans, Isaiah “Bubba” Evans, Lillie J. Limehouse, Frederick D. Evans, Brantley “B.E.” Evans, Robert Shaw Evans, Malcolm Evans, Marion E. Thomas, Alfonso J. Evans and Ruth Evans.
She is survived by her loving son and daughter, Gary Jason and Pamela Lewis of Charlotte, N.C.; sister, Mrs. Florence Evans Duke of Philadelphia; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Josephine R. Evans, Mrs. Beatrice Evans and Mrs. Queen E. Evans, all of Orangeburg, and Mrs. Angie Evans of Charleston; and a host of nephews, nieces, lifelong friends, co-workers and students who were impacted by her love of teaching.
Condolences may be sent to 8703 Fieldcroft Drive, Charlotte, NC 28277. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Florence and Gary Endowment Fund in the name of Pauline Evans Lewis at S.C. State University, P.O. Box 7187, Orangeburg, SC 29117.