Evelyn Laney Deese



TAYLORSVILLE, NC ~ Mrs. Evelyn Laney Deese, age 85, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 24, 2017 at her home following a prolonged illness. She was born, April 22, 1932 in Lancaster, SC, a daughter of the late William Dallas Laney and Vista Montgomery Laney and the wife of the late Billy Ralph Deese. Mrs. Deese loved her family unconditionally. She enjoyed cooking for her family, gardening and caring for her flowers. Mrs. Deese was a charter member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, where she was elected as one of the first female deacons in the church. She served faithfully until relocating to Taylorsville, NC in 2010 to be closer to her family.

Mrs. Deese is survived by two daughters, Pamela Wansek and her husband, Georges of Macon, France, and Janet Canipe and her husband, Trey, of Taylorsville, NC; three grandchildren, Matt Greiner, Justin Bumgarner and Chelsey Bumgarner; a brother, Griggs Laney of Pageland, SC; and five sisters, Dorothy Little of Kannapolis, Betty Chambers of Kannapolis, Carol Tucker of Monroe, Patsy Harper of Myrtle Beach and Donna Eubanks of Monroe.

Mrs. Deese is preceded in death by her husband, Billy Ralph Deese; her parents; three brothers, Junior Cauthen, Roddy Laney and Keith Laney; and two sisters, Rotha Tarlton and Lois Hamilton.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Evelyn’s wonderful caregivers: Claire Hall, Shata Audrey, Anne Boring, Claudette Ramseur, and Trina Coffey.

The Celebration of Life Funeral Service for Mrs. Deese will be 3:00 pm Monday, June 26, 2017 at Grace Presbyterian Church by Rev. Marty Simmons and Rev. Beth Hutton Muse.

The family will receive friends from 1:00–2:30 pm, Monday, June 26, 2017 at the church. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Grace Presbyterian Church, 1026 Grace Avenue, Lancaster, SC 29720 or Catawba County Regency Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.