Rev. John Evans
Founded two churches
The Rev. John C. Evans, a retired maintenance worker and carpenter who founded two churches in Baltimore, died of cancer Wednesday at his home in Pimlico. He was 96.
For 20 years, Mr. Evans was pastor of Shady Grove Baptist Church, which he founded in the mid-1960s at Aisquith Street and Bonaparte Avenue in East Baltimore.
The congregation grew to several hundred members and opened a second church in the 2100 block of W. Baker St. Both churches have closed.
Born in South Hill, Va., Mr. Evans attended public schools and learned the carpentry trade. He went to work in Point Pleasant, N.J., in the 1930s and received his high school diploma by attending night school. He moved to Baltimore in 1941 when he was transferred by the federal government to work as a carpenter at Fort Holabird in Dundalk.
A back injury ended his carpentry career, and he spent the next 17 years as a maintenance worker at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He retired at age 65 and devoted the rest of his life to the ministry, relatives said.
At one point, he was preaching at the two Baltimore churches and one in Alexandria, Va. He retired from the ministry a decade ago.
Mr. Evans was married to the former Carrie Holmes of South Hill, then to the former Janie Partlow of Baltimore. Both are deceased.
Services for Mr. Evans were to be held at noon today at March Funeral Home West, 4300 Wabash Ave.
He is survived by a sister, Alice Mae Whaley of Point Pleasant; two daughters, Sylean Evans and Vivian Evans; and a son, Preston Evans, all of Baltimore; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Alice Lillian Cresta
Alice Lillian Cresta, who worked as a bartender at J&D; Saloon in Dundalk for many years, died of cancer Saturday at her daughter's home in Dundalk. She was 68.
Ms. Cresta, a Baltimore native and homemaker, worked at the saloon -- formerly called Gus's Manor Inn -- from about 1976 to 1990, when she became ill. She was a longtime resident of Eastwood in Baltimore County and lived in Canton for a short time.
Services are to be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Connelly Funeral Home, 7110 Sollers Point Road in Dundalk.
In addition to her daughter, survivors include a brother, William .. Siebert of Joppa; three sisters, Marlene Glava of Perry Hall, Martha Schultz of Fallston and Delores Olszewski of Dundalk; two sons, Carmine A. Cresta Jr. and Joseph C. Cresta, both of Baltimore; and six grandchildren. Another son, Carl A. Cresta, died in 1989.
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Larry E. Gibson Jr. 19, who played youth football for the Middle River Renegades and attended Stemmers Run Middle School in Essex before moving to Florida in 1989, died in an automobile accident Thursday in Jacksonville, Fla., where he was a senior at Mandarin High School. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today in the chapel of the Hardage Giddens Mandarin Funeral Home, 11801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. He is survived by his father, Larry E. Gibson Sr. of Baltimore; his mother, Etta Geiger of Baltimore; four brothers, Ryan and Gerald Gibson of Baltimore and Johnny and Shane Gibson of Jacksonville; and three sisters, Shannon and Danielle Pasco of Baltimore and Dana Gibson of Jacksonville.