Dr. Ruppert L. Evans (Ruppert, Lloyd, Evans) transitioned peacefully from this world on August 23, 2019 in Hampton, VA at the age of 91. Dr. Evans is survived by his wife of 69 years, Marie Evans, children, Kathy Evans of Cayce, SC, Thea Evans of Newport News, VA, and Wesley Lee of Poughkeepsie, NY, a sister, Shirlene Jones of Portsmouth, VA, six grandchildren, Shani Evans, Ebony Evans, Ricky Connor (Kim), Troy Connor, Kwan Evans (Shannon), and C. J. Connor (Elizabeth); 16 great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, son, Ruppert L. Evans, Jr. of Hampton, VA, three sisters and two brothers.
Ruppert was born on December 2, 1927 to Lillian and James Evans. Though born in Phoebus, he grew up in Winterville, NC where his grandfather was the school principal. He entered the military at such a young age that when he completed officer training school, he was too young to graduate.. He eventually was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia to attend infantry officer training where he met and married Marie Early in 1949. While serving in the military he was engaged in combat during the Korean War and earned the Purple Heart. When he returned to the states, he attended paratrooper training at Fort Benning where he completed 82 jumps. He separated from military in 1957 and moved to Brooklyn, NY with his wife and three children. The move to New York was to be near his siblings and to attend college. While working several jobs to support his family and going to school, he was able to complete his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Long Island University, and his Master’s and Doctor of Education degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Evans served as an administrator and instructor at several colleges within the City and State Universities of New York and finally retired from SUNY at Stony Brook. In 1993, Dr. and Mrs. Evans moved to Hampton, VA to be near their children who had relocated there. Dr. Evans wasn’t completely retired when he moved to Hampton as he taught at Bryant and Stratton College as well as Hampton University.
As a third-generation educator, Dr. Evans was passionate about teaching. His children remember him teaching them everything from French, to typing, to chess. He was a taskmaster as well, accepting only their best efforts when it came to schoolwork. He was also a tireless worker, often burning the midnight oil, setting the example that hard work was the best way to succeed. After moving to Virginia in 1993, Dr. and Mrs. Evans became members of Bethel AME Church in Hampton, VA where he served in several capacities over the years.
Viewing for Dr. Evans will be held two hours prior to service at the Church only.
A funeral is scheduled for 10:00 Friday, August 30 at Bethel AME Church, with a reception to follow at the church. Reverend Andre Jefferson will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Ruppert’s life.
Interment with military honors will be held at Albert G. Horton Memorial Veterans Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Bethel AME Church’s building fund at Bethel AME Church, 94 Lincoln St., Hampton, VA 23669.
The family would like to thank the VA Hospice caregivers for their care and dedication during his last days.
The family of the late Dr. Ruppert L. Evans has entrusted his final care to the staff at C.C. Carter Funeral Home, Inc.