Joseph Evers


It is with great sadness that the family of Rev. Dr. Joseph (Joe) Calvin Carr Evers announces his passing on December 12, 2020 at the age of 93. Joe lived in Orange City, FL with his wife, Karen Way Sanner Evers, and had served as a pastor for over 70 years. Joe was born in Metropolis, IL on December 17, 1926. Preceding Joe in death were his parents, Luther L. Evers and Nellie (nee Trovillion) Evers. Joe has 5 children, Mark Evers (Mary), Dan Evers (LaVonne Stangle), and Jane Ann Comeau from his first marriage to Anna Lee Evers, and Kevin Evers (Carla), and Karmen Birdsell (Doug) from his second marriage to Karen Way Sanner Evers. Joe also has 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Joe graduated from Metropolis High School and then attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. While attending SIU, Joe was licensed, at the age of 17, as a United Methodist Pastor with the Southern Illinois United Methodist Conference (now Great Rivers United Methodist Conference). Joe received his Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY, and later went on to receive his Doctorate Degree from Boston University School of Theology. Joe served many churches throughout Southern Illinois. After retiring from the Great Rivers UM Conference, Joe and Karen moved to Red Bird Missionary Conference in Beverly Kentucky where Joe served as the pastor of the Beverly United Methodist Church for 7 years. He went on to serve congregations for the Presbyterian Church in Virginia, IL, Quincy, IL, and DeBary, FL. Joe then started his own Community Church at the 55+ community where he and Karen resided in DeBary, FL.

Joe was known for his humor, and for always having a joke or a funny story to share. Joe was also known for his preaching and love of U.S. History. Joe enjoyed watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball, Kentucky Wildcats basketball, playing golf, volunteering with Kiwanis and other community groups, and traveling with his wife, Karen, and visiting with all of his family and friends. 

The family will have a Celebration of Life at a later date to be determined because of COVID. In lieu of flowers, you may send a donation of your choice to your local Kiwanis Club or local United Methodist church.