She was born to Charles J. and Mary Magdalene Messimer Litaker in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina. She was the last living great great granddaughter of Captain and General John Paul Barringer of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 and the last living granddaughter of Confederacy Lieutenant James F. Litaker.
Evelyn’s relatives first came to this country from Germany in the early 1700′s, and they all shared a deep, abiding love for North Carolina. She was truly a daughter of North Carolina. Even though she and Bill moved to Manchester in 1956, she always continued to refer to North Carolina as “home.” She could find humor in spite of unfavorable circumstances, did beautiful crochet work, was a wonderful cook and brought laughter and joy to those who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, William J. Landers. Also preceding her in death were four brothers: Banks Litaker, who died in infancy, two who served their country in the Pacific during World War II, Ned Litaker, who served in the Marines, and Stanley Litaker, who served in the Navy and Lex Litaker, along with five sisters, Isabelle Galloway, Izora Little, Doris Davis and Edith Faggart.
She was the beloved mother of and is survived by her two daughters, Rebekah Lynn (Ronnie) Bell and Mary Lisa (Keith) Turner, three grandchildren, Tammy (Aaron) Jernigan, Todd (Amanda) Bell, Mark (Margaret) Bell, five great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Evelyn was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Tullahoma, active as a leader in Girl Scouts and a long time member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Visitation Tuesday, February 12th, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Central Funeral Home in Manchester, TN.
The Funeral Service will be conducted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Central Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at the Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.
She will be very much missed by all who knew and loved her.
CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME of Manchester, TN in Charge of Arrangements.