- Last Updated on 10:56 PM 04/27/12
Evelyn Lipscomb Long entered eternal rest April 11, 2012 after a lengthy illness with complications following surgery.
She was born May 3, 1931 in South Boston. Evelyn was the third child of seven children born to William M. Lipscomb and Gladys Pounds Lipscomb. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age and became a member of the First Baptist Church of News Ferry in South Boston.
Following her graduation from high school, she received her undergraduate degree from Virginia State College (University) and her Master of Education degree in Advanced Studies in Special Education from Pennsylvania State University. Evelyn spent her teaching career in the School District of Philadelphia and retired from the position of Department Head of Special Education at Northeast High School in 1993.
Evelyn married James H. Long on May 22, 1955, and they made their home in the greater Philadelphia area. After their marriage, she joined her husband as a member of Vine Memorial Baptist Church and later transferred her membership to Grace Baptist Church. Their last years were spent together in Wyncote, Pa. They were a devoted couple that loved to travel and enjoyed the beauty and comfort they created in their home.
Family and friends enjoyed their warm and gracious hospitality when visiting with them. Evelyn lived a blessed and joyous life filled with many activities related to her family and career.
In her later years, Evelyn endured her illness with stamina and courage. When the end was near, she peacefully surrendered her earthly journey to begin her journey through eternity.
She is survived by her devoted husband, James H. Long; sisters Alice Lipscomb Jernigan of Philadelphia, Pa. and Lillie Lipscomb Taylor of Richmond; sisters-in-law, Melba Carr Lipscomb of South Boston, Margery Long Mallory of Philadelphia, and Carolyn Wakefield Long of Bowling Green, Ky.; brother-in-law, the Rev. Dr. John E. Long of Bowling Green; God-son, Stephen B. Taylor of Lewes, Del.; God-daughters, JoAnn Green Badger of Laurel Springs, N.J. and Debra Holmes Johnson of Saylorsburg, Pa.; a host of devoted nieces and nephews and many loving cousins and friends.
The homegoing celebration for Evelyn was held April 17, 2012 at Vine Memorial Baptist Church in Philadelphia, followed by internment at White Mash Memorial Park.