Kariss Farris spoke on behalf of Lois’ 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She called her grandmother “perfect” and attributed her family’s well-being to Lois’ faithfulness to marriage, family, and ministry.
Lois’ Children Remembered Her Ability to Really See People
The second running joke throughout the funeral was the not-so-secret fact that Jonathan Evans was Lois’ favorite. Chrystal Evans Hurst, Lois and Tony Evans’ firstborn, said that her mother was really good at seeing people for who they really were. She said Jonathan struggled in school, but Lois continually told him he was smart and that he would succeed. Chrystal concluded her speech by singing a song her mother liked to listen to toward the end of her life. It was Ethel Waters’ rendition of “His Eye Is on the Sparrow”.
Priscilla Shirer shared a recent story about Lois scrolling through Facebook and seeing all the people who were praying for her healing and recovery. Shirer said Lois was concerned for the faith of the people who were praying for her and what it might do to them if she did not recover. Shirer said her mother would want everyone who prayed for her to hear these words: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”
Anthony Evans sang a gospel song at the funeral and also shared that his mother functioned like a shock absorber in their family. He said the way she handled the stress of their father’s ministry made it so the rest of the family was minimally impacted.
Jonathan Evans also addressed the issue of the seemingly unanswered prayers that so many prayed for Lois. Jonathan said God spoke to him about the prayers, saying “Just because I didn’t answer your prayer your way doesn’t mean I didn’t answer the prayer anyway.” He concluded that either way God did answer their prayers. “Either she was going to be healed or she was going to be healed. Either she was going to live or she was going to live,” he said, referring to his belief that his mother is now alive and fully healed in Jesus’ presence in heaven.
Jonathan also thanked his father, Tony Evans, for being “a good husband and a good father.” He concluded the service by giving a gospel message and leading those interested in a prayer of salvation.
In addition to the many people who spoke at the service, Gospel artists Beverly Crawford and Kathy Taylor ministered to the audience through song. Their beautiful voices punctuated the many tributes given to Lois. Kirk Franklin appeared on stage during the service as well, offering his talents on the piano while people spoke or as transitions were needed.
On his Instagram account, Tony Evans asked that in lieu of flowers, those wishing to support the family and honor Lois could send flowers to their own pastors’ wives. “Lois loved receiving flowers but she also loved giving them,” Evans writes in the post. “Because her passion was ministering to pastors’ wives and making sure they felt loved and cared for, your gift of flowers in her memory would be a gift to us as well.”
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Many of you have asked how you can help us during this time. We are grateful for your thoughts and prayers. Arrangements for Lois: Monday, January 6 . Viewing – 9:00 a.m. Funeral – 11:00 a.m. . Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship 1808 W. Camp Wisdom Rd. Dallas, TX 75232 Ways you can help our family during this time: – -> Pray for me and the entire Evans family. – -> Send cards of encouragement to: Evans Family, c/o The Urban Alternative, PO Box 4000, Dallas, TX 75208 – -> In lieu of flowers, we would love your help in continuing the ministry to Pastors’ Wives that was dear to Lois’ heart. You can send contributions to The Urban Alternative and notate Pastors’ Wives Ministry in the memo of your check at any time, or you can contribute electronically at tonyevans.org/loisevans on or after January 2nd. In honor of Lois, I would also love for you to consider sending flowers this week to your Pastor’s wife. Lois loved receiving flowers but she also loved giving them. Because her passion was ministering to pastors’ wives and making sure they felt loved and cared for, your gift of flowers in her memory would be a gift to us as well. Thank you for loving us, the Evans family, and thank you for your ongoing prayers.