Ernestine Evans lovingly known as Tina was born the 9th child of the late Estelle Smith-Mitchel and William Drayton Sr. on February 3, 1938 in Freeport, NY at Nassau Medical Center. She departed this life at age 81 on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Southside Hospital Northwell Health.
Ernestine grew up in Freeport, NY where she completed her formal education with her sibling Sarah, Edith, Mildred, Elmore, William Jr., Milton, Dolly and Leroy. At a young age, she met and fell in love with her late husband William Evans Sr. and together they had eight sons and two daughters.
Ernestine loved to sing. She played the amateur night at the Apollo Theatre (Harlem, NY) in 1953 playing the piano; she was very talented. She also sang in a gospel group and enjoyed singing on the weekends with the Mills Brothers who were her nephews whom she loved very much. They loved playing music and singing together every chance they got. Ernestine also had two longtime friends; Vera Brown of Virginia and Mary Smith of New York.
Ernestine spent many years working at Brunswick Hospital as a Nurse’s Aide. She also worked at Pentagon Plastic and later in life she worked at Bauman Bus Company until she retired.
In the 1990s, Ernestine was invited to join a service at New Hope Institutional Baptist Church (Amityville), which later became her church home until she fell ill. She was a very active member in the church wearing several hats in ministry and enjoying serving. She sang in the choir, served as the president and treasurer of the Usher Board. She loved her work at the church.
Ernestine and her husband, the late William Evans Sr. had ten children together. They leave to morn their (10) children (one deceased), (36) grand children, (54) great-grandchildren, (4) great-great-granchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and in-laws. She also leaves behind her special in-laws who have been a part of her life for many years.
She will truly be missed.
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