The late Deacon Robert S. Evans and Deaconess Beatrice Evans were honored for years of service by Ward Four during Mount Pisgah Baptist Church’s Black History Month Celebration.
Deacon Evans joined Mt. Pisgah in 1941 and served faithfully and diligently for more than 60 years.
He became a servant for the total church, becoming active in several church organizations and ministries. During his long tenure at the church, he served as secretary of the Deacon Board, board liaison to the Trustee Board, member of the Men’s Progressive Club and Ward IV, among other duties. He also played a major role in the implementation of Mt. Pisgah’s dining services.
For his dedication and commitment to Mt. Pisgah, Evans received a number of awards and honors, including recognition from the Youth Outreach Enrichment Program, Boy Scouts and Baptist Training Union.
An Orangeburg native, Evans was educated in the public schools of the city and earned his high school diploma at Wilkinson High School.
He obtained a bachelor’s degree in industrial arts from South Carolina State College, where he starred on the football team and later served as director of food services at the school, a position he was appointed to in 1964. He is in the SCSU Athletic Hall of Fame and The Robert S. Evans Walnut Room is named in his honor.
Deaconess Evans has been a dedicated and faithful member of Mt. Pisgah for more than 60 years. She continues to support the church and its many endeavors.
She previously served as president of the Baptist Training Union and the Floral Ministry, where she is still an active member. She was the first President of the Orthodox Baptist Women Missionary Association and the Harvest Tea Rally. In addition, Evans was secretary and vice president of the Deaconess Ministry. Today, she remains an active member of Ward IV and the Women’s Guild Executive Board.
Paralleling her service to Mt. Pisgah has been her commitment to her community. Evans is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Orangeburg Chapter of Links Inc., VFW Post 8166 Ladies Auxiliary, The Sunlight Community Club, The Robert Shaw assembly #330, Order of Golden Circle, Jeddah Court of #86 and The NAACP.
She has also served on the United Way Board, The Mental Health Board and the Greater Santee Literacy Council.
Evans was educated in the Florence County Public Schools, where she earned her high school diploma. She received a bachelor’s and a master’s in education with certification in guidance from South Carolina State University.