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Evelyn Julia Lee Bland, 93, of Lithonia, Georgia, formerly of Fairmont, departed this life on Jan. 31, 2018. She was born March 30, 1924 in Fairmont, the seventh child out of 10 children born to the late Clarence and Ethel Lee.
She was a graduate of Dunbar High School. On April 13, 1947, she married Thomas Bland and they moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where she was a member of Lee-Seville Baptist Church for many years and served as a Sunday school teacher. She was well loved in her community in Cleveland and was known for her delicious pound cakes and pastries.
She was a professional seamstress for a fabric company as well as made curtains, etc. for many people. In 1970, she and her husband decided to adopt and raise Marsherry McMichael along with raising her siblings Marlene, Marvin, Marcus and William.
When her husband passed away in 2005, she moved back to Fairmont and became a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. After being diagnosed with Alzheimer disease, her daughter, Marsherry and granddaughter, Mariah cared for her until her final day of rest.
Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Marsherry McMichael, Lithonia, Georgia; granddaughter, Mariah Evelyn Roberts, Lithonia, Georgia; one sister, Ethel Fox, Fairmont; one brother, Floyd (Doris) Lee, Hampton, Virginia; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Loretta, Charles, Clarence, Alberta, Marie, Albert and Howard.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at the Mount Zion Baptist Church. A graveside service will follow at IOOF Cemetery in Enterprise with the Rev. Wesley Q. Dobbs officiating.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the JG Lampkin Funeral Home.
Published on February 6, 2018
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