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  • Evangeleane McGinister Obituary

  • Sister Evangeleane McGinister – Gammon was affectionately known as “Van” was born Jan. 5, 1916, in Phillips County, Arkansas to the late Jeff and Fannie Bell McGinister. She was the 10th of 11 children.
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  • Sister Evangeleane McGinister – Gammon was affectionately known as “Van” was born Jan. 5, 1916, in Phillips County, Arkansas to the late Jeff and Fannie Bell McGinister.  She was the 10th of 11 children.
    Sister Gammon accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior at the age of 11 at St. Stephens M.B. Church in 1937.
    Later, she became a member of the First Baptist Church in Oneida and served as church secretary and usher when her family settled in the Oneida community. Van married Eddie M. Gammon on Feb. 14, 1948.  To this union six children were born.  Sister Gammon joined her husband as a member of Morning Grove M.B Church for a brief time.
    Finally, she became a member of Salem M.B. Church in 1951 under the leadership of Rev. Gammon, where she devotedly served as superintendent, clerk, usher, choir member, and wherever she was needed.  She loved the church and was a faithful member for over 63 years.
    Van attended Oneida School.  In her early years she was a housewife and farmed at husband’s side.  She was a hard worker. She worked as the manager of housekeeping for Holiday Inn for over 20 years.
    During her final days, Sister Gammon called out to her Father in Heaven to come and carry her home.  On Feb. 22, 1914, she joined loved ones that preceded her, parents, Jeff and Fannie McGinister, her loving and devoted husband, Eddie Matthew Gammon, her son, Possie Gammon, brothers, Elzia, Nathaniel, Adam, Luther and Jeff McGinister, sisters, Georgia M. Simpson and Asline Jones-Davis, and a grandchild, Abdul Gammon.
    She leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Abdul (Dana) Amin, Barbara Williams, Laria (Betty) Gammon, Jonathan (Carol) Gammon, and Shirley Anderson; a brother; Earnest (Earline) McGinister; Ebony and Donzella Gammon, who she raised as her own; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces, family and friends.
    Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at the Jackson – Highley Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Service will be held Sunday, March 9 at Salem M.B. Church at Lake View.  Interment will follow immediately in Salem Church Cemetery.

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