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Deaconess Clevetta Lott-Evans

October 26, 1944 — April 28, 2024

Clevetta Leonia Lott-Evans, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, loyal friend, and counselor to many, passed away on April 28, 2024.

She was born in Memphis, TN, the youngest child of the late Levi and Delores Lott.  She took charge of many of her family affairs and took the leadership role of being and feeling like the oldest child.  

Christ became the center of her Joy at an early age at New Hope Baptist Church, Memphis, TN.   

She was formerly married to Slayden T. Evans, Jr. and to this union two sons were born.

Clevetta was educated in the public schools of Memphis and graduated from Greeter High School. After graduation she enrolled at Tennessee State University at age 17 only to find that her scholarship did not cover all her expenses.  She had to move from the dormitory.  God was in the plan, and made provisions for her to meet Dr. and Mrs.   Harold West, Sr.  through the assistance of her dormitory counselor, Mrs. Turpin.  She moved in with the family and worked as a part time student caring for their young grandson.  She received her BS degree in Sociology and MS degree in Guidance and Counseling with the aid of the West family.  

Clevetta had an over 40-year career in Social Work with most of these years being spent at Nashville OIC and Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency.  She dedicated multiple hours volunteering at Nashville VA Hospital, Tennessee State Prison and American Red Cross.  She was an advocate for all who were less fortunate and compassionately aided the sick and shut in.  

She embodied the motto of her Alma Mater, Tennessee State University, “Think, Work, Serve” in various church related functions and support of over 30 nonprofits throughout the years.  

Her most important role in life was to follow Jesus.  

She was a dedicated member of the Westwood Baptist Church since the early 60’s, serving in multiple roles including Usher, Sunday School Teacher and eventually being appointed as a Deaconess.  She especially enjoyed Bible Study and Prayer Meetings. She often quoted her pastor, “Now that I know better, I’ll do better”.  

Clevetta was preceded in death by her parents Levi and Delores Lott and her brothers, Richard Whittaker, Leroy Lott, and Anthony Lott. 

Clevetta leaves behind her children, Anthony (Karla) Evans and Ashley Evans, loving granddaughters, Diamond Gattis, Asha Evans, Sheniya Johnson, Kori Evans, and Kai Evans and great -granddaughter, Eden Johnson.   She is survived by sisters-in-law Gwen Lott, of Dallas, TX, and Ernestine Lott, of Atlanta, GA, daughter-in-love Danya Lavender, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, close friends Andrea Pillow, of Atlanta, GA, Minnie Brown, Memphis, TN, Carole Rose, of Birmingham, AL and the entire Westwood family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association and the National Diabetes Association.

Please keep the Evans family in your thoughts and prayers.

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