December 27, 1973 – March 23, 2023
On the evening of March 23, 2023, God decided that he would suffer war no more, he whispered well done my good and faithful servant and called him home. He was born on December 27, 1973, to Gladys and the late Melvin Evans, Sr.
Melvin was raised in Petersburg, VA and graduated from Grace Baptist in 1991. He attended Norfolk State University before ultimately graduating from Universal Technical Institute (UTI) in Pennsylvania. While attending UTI, he found his love and passion for auto mechanics. Combining his love of cars and community service he established Mel’s Mobile Service and fulfilled his dream of becoming an entrepreneur.
He began his spiritual journey at Tabernacle Baptist Church where he was baptized and actively participated in many auxiliaries throughout his childhood. Upon returning to Virginia, he recently joined Metropolitan Baptist Curch.
Melvin was preceded in death by his father, Deacon Melvin Evans, Sr; paternal grandparents, Clinton Sr. and Edna Crenshaw; maternal grandparents, Corwell and Gertrude Stubbs; three uncles, Lewis Stubs, William Stubbs and Clinton Crenshaw, Jr.; his aunt and godmother, Brenda Crenshaw; and mother-in law, Carolyn Moody.
Left to cherish his precious memories is his loving and devoted wife of 24 years;, April; his sons who meant the world to him, Christian and Gabriel Evans and JaVion Riddick; devoted mother, Gladys Evans; father-in-law, Gene Pearson (Renee); his brother, Mark Evans; nephew, Hosea Evans; aunts, Cynthia Crenshaw, Maxine Overton, Ernestine Barnes, Verdell Whittington, Geraldine Estelle, Linda Stubbs, and Thelma Evans; uncles, Nathaniel Stubbs (Barbara), Ernest Stubb,s Sr. (Teresa) and Raymond Stubbs; several devoted cousins among them, Sabrina Clemmons (Anthony) and Ernest Stubbs, Jr.; a host of other devoted family and friends among them his brother-in-law, Chris Blakes (Tasha); his friends, Wyakiem Mitchell (Daphne), J. L. Springtree, and Mark Trillio.
Melvin was a living example of how we should treat one another as anytime he encountered someone, even a stranger, he would leave an everlasting impression with them. Even when he was faced with the challenge of battling this rare disease, his faith never wavered. He would tell anyone who would listen about the goodness and mercy of the Lord and how thankful he was to be able to help people and provide for his family. Even in his last days, his concern was not for himself, but for those he knew he would leave behind and wanted to ensure that everyone he loved would go on with their life and cherish the moments they shared with him.
A memorial service will be held 12:00 Noon, Saturday, April 1, 2023, at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1021 Halifax Street, Petersburg, VA, the Rev. Lamont A. Hobbs, Pastor.
J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, VA, (804) 732-8911, watch the funeral services live online at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.