After a lengthy illness, Evans Belle, 75, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, May 28, 2007.
He was born May 8, 1932, in Yantley, Ala. He was the seventh child of eleven siblings born to Benjamin and Louisa (Debrusce) Belle. He graduated from high school in Lisman, Ala., and attended Tuskegee College. Evans was a veteran of the U.S. Army from 1953-55. He moved to Sandusky in the 1950s working briefly at Farrell Cheek Foundry, and then went to work for New Departure-Hyatt for 48 years and 8 months, retiring in 2001. Evans was never a person who could sit still for long periods of time. He loved people, especially his family. He enjoyed life to the fullest. He was known for drywall and plastering, cooking, entertaining and traveling. He also had intense love for music. He was a member of Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church.
He is survived by five sons, Terry of Columbus, Richard (Toyia) of Orlando, Fla., Donald and David (Lisa) of Cincinnati and Kim of Charlotte, North Carolina; six daughters, Deborah (Cass Sr.) Johnson, Tonya and Joyce of Erie, Pa., Minister Cheri Belle of Cleveland, Leslie of Columbus and Jodi of Charlotte, N.C.; two brothers, Odrice (Debbie) and Jerry (Jean) Belle; one sister, Audrey McClain, all of Akron, Ohio; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends; and special friends, Rhoda Simmons and Michael Smith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Louisa (Debrusce) Belle; four brothers, Curley, Roy, Ben and Conie; three sisters, Mattie Johnson, Willie Mae Easter and Ida Mae Traylor; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Friends will be received from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Temple, 128 E. Adams St., Sandusky. Bishop Rufus G.W. Sanders will officiate. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to grofffuneralhomes.com.