Graveside services for Retha Leona (Basham) Evans, an Atoka resident, were held Monday, November 9, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Green Meadows Cemetery in Atoka with Bill Sluther, Brandon Bates and Jerry Stevens officiating. Brown’s Funeral Service of Atoka was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Evans was born November 20, 1941 to James Basham and Mattie Lee (Lansdale) Basham, at Redden, OK and passed away November 6, 2020 at Oklahoma City at the age of 78 years, 11 months and 17 days. She attended Stringtown Public School and married Arthur ‘Sonny” Evans March 13, 1957 at Sherman, TX and celebrated 62 years of marriage before Sonny’s passing in April, 2019. Retha was a homemaker and a member of Coalgate Missionary Baptist Church. She loved quilting, taking care of her dogs and working in the yard. Retha enjoyed anything outdoors, but she especially loved spending time with her family.
Survivors include her children, Barbara Lewis and husband Kenneth of Tulsa, OK, Walter Evans and wife Angie of Lane, OK, Carolyn Riley and husband Ronnie of Shady Point, OK and Phyllis Bates and husband Vern Atoka, OK; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; siblings, Jim Basham, Allen Basham, Susie Beasley, Wanda Smith, Shelia Baillie, and Donny Basham; brother-in-law, Winfred Evans and wife Delinda; sisters-in-law Geraldean Helen Layton, and Joyce Layton; special niece, Jenny Rose, along with nieces, nephews and many dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers-in-law, Gilbert Christian and Sonny Beasley; brother, Virgal Basham and sister-in-law, Ronda Basham.
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