Katy Hoover Evans

September 21, 1932 ~ February 26, 2019 (age 86)


Lexington Katy Lee Hoover Evans, 86, formerly of Hoover Homesteads in Lexington, NC, was born on September 21, 1932 to the late Frank Hoover Sr. and Laura Brown Hoover. She departed this life peacefully on her sleep at home on February 26, 2019. Katy was educated in Davison County School System and was a graduate of Dunbar High School. She went on to nursing school and graduated from Kate Bitting Reynolds School of Nursing in Winston Salem in 1955. Katy relocated to Durham, NC later in that year after accepting a full-time position at Duke University Medical Center. She could tell many stories of how Duke was before and after desegregation; she even wrote a book about it. At Duke, Katy worked her way through the ranks and became one of the first black head nurses. Katy also founded The Nurses Breakfast Club in 1970, an organization dedicated to community service. She retired from Duke after 40 years of service. Katy was married to the late John Thomas Evans, and to this union two children were born, Jason Carlyle Evans and Malinda De Ann Evans. She had many adopted daughters, sons, and grandchildren. After retirement, Katy moved back to Lexington, NC. She was an active member of Yadkin Star Baptist Church, the Southside Senior Citizens, The Hoover Sisters, the Davidson County Chapter of the NAACP, the Kate Bitting Reynolds, Chestnut Grove School, and Dunbar High School reunion committees. She also continued to attend Nurses Breakfast Club meetings in Durham. As a part of her activism, she single handedly petitioned the Davidson County Commissioners to name a street in downtown Lexington after Martin Luther King Jr. She enjoyed fellowshipping with family, friends, and visiting and helping the sick and shut in. Katy was proceeded in death by sisters Geneva Hoover Peoples, Nona Hoover, Gladys Hoover Holmes, Essie Hoover Mack, and Ruth Hoover Staplefoote and brothers, Frank Hoover Jr., John Gilmer Hoover, and Baxter Louis Hoover. Katy leaves to cherish her memories, her son Jason C. (Daniele) Evans, her daughter, Malinda D. Evans, all of Durham, NC; three grandchildren, Tadja A. Evans, and Jada A. K. Evans of Durham, NC and Jaylen P. Evans of Lexington, NC; two sisters, Pearline H. Moss of Winston Salem, NC and Lois H. Andrews of Lexington, NC; a sister-in-law, Katherine Hoover of Lexington, NC; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, friends, and church family. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Katy Hoover Evans please visit our Sympathy Store.

Cemetery Details

Yadkin Star Baptist Church Cemetery



MAR 3. 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)

Yadkin Star Baptist Church

835 N. Koontz Road

Lexington, NC, 27295


MAR 3. 2:30 PM (EST)

Yadkin Star Baptist Church

835 N. Koontz Road

Lexington, NC, 27295

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