The Valdosta Daily Times
When I have gone the last mile of the way I will rest at the close of the day, and I know there is joy that awaits me, when I have gone the last mile of the way.
Evelyn Postell Singletary was the first born of two children to the late Chester Postell and Clara Collier Postell, who was fondly known as “Sweet.” Evelyn was born on Sept. 18, 1917, in Bellville, Fla. She had one brother, S.K. Postell.
After the death of her mother at an early age, Evelyn moved with her father and brother to St. Petersburg, Fla. There she and her brother attended grade school. She then later moved to Newark, N.J., which would be ‘home’ for her for the next 30 years. During a part of this period in Newark, it was ‘war time,’ when men went to war and the ladies had to go to work. She received employment with General Electric. Evelyn made a good life for herself in Newark. She worked hard and learned how to stand up for herself. Because of the snow storms that were frequent during the winter months, she recalls spending hours talking on the phone with family and friends. She joined the Methodist Church and the Eastern Star. Additionally, she was an advocate for civil rights and would reminisce about the days when she marched alongside Malcolm X in his fight for equal rights.
Evelyn always had a special love for her first home, Bellville, Fla., where her roots and family were. While at home during her father’s funeral, she met Parnell Singletary and although it would be another 10 years before she would come back home to live, she did return to Bellville and married Parnell soon after in Valdosta, Ga. They bought an acre of land in Bellville and built a home. Evelyn was happy, she was home and around her family. They worked hard to keep up their home for many years until Parnell became ill. Parnell died in 1983, while on the way to the hospital.
Evelyn continued to care for their home and property after Parnell’s death. She became very active in the community. She was one of the first black volunteers as a Pink Lady in the hospital. She was also one of the first black supporters of the Senior Center. There she met Mrs. Connie Bryant who taught her how to crochet; this would become her favorite hobby. She crocheted many spreads, baby blankets and shawls, some of which were hung in the local senior center. She joined Lily of the Valley Missionary Baptist Church where she served until her health failed.
She was always concerned about the progress of Bellville and fought to get senior transportation into the community for the seniors to go to the doctor. She also helped to get a voting house constructed in the area. There she worked tirelessly at the polls to make sure all votes were counted.
One of her biggest and proudest accomplishments is the new fire station built with a grant from the state for $150,000. She proudly talked about how she sat on her porch and called Senator Mackey regarding the need for a firehouse in the area. She wouldn’t stop until she got the community a fire house. She also worked with the county commissioners to get one of the highways named after Dr. Martin Luther King.
She remained in her home until her health started to fail at the age of 91 when she went to live at Suwannee Valley Nursing Home, where she remained until hospitalization was necessary.
Evelyn was a woman of her word, she had a great sense of humor, and she was always passionate about whatever project or issue she was involved in. She believed in both perseverance and in being honest; she was never too intimidated to speak her mind and she always left a lasting impression on whomever she met. Her favorite saying was “Age is just a number and mine is unlisted.”
Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 4:10 p.m. at the age of 95, Mrs. Evelyn Postell Singletary finished her last mile. She fought a good fight, she kept the faith, and she is now resting in the presence of the Lord.
She leaves to cherish her memories; a devoted god daughter and god son, Maceo and Gwen Howell and family. Special cousins, Mr. Clabe Collier, Shelia Muse, (Cornelius), Margie Mitchell; one niece; and a host of loving cousins, friends, and the Lily of the Valley Church family.
Homegoing celebration for Sis. Evelyn Singletary will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 9, 2013, at the Lily of the Valley Missionary Baptist Church in Jennings, Fla. The Rev. Patrick Howell is the pastor and will officiate. Burial will follow in the Bethel Memorial Gardens in Bellville, Fla.
Public viewing will be from noon-8 p.m., today, May 8, 2013, at Eric A. Brown & Son Funeral Home. — Professional Mortuary Services entrusted to Eric A. Brown & Son Funeral Home, Inc.