Phyllis Evans, former CH City Council member, remembered by the City
On Aug. 5, the City of Cleveland Heights issued a news release regarding the death of former city council member Phyllis Evans. Evans died on July 31 according to an obituary published in the Plain Dealer; no cause of death was noted.
The city's statement read, "The City of Cleveland Heights is saddened at the passing of former Vice Mayor and Councilwoman Phyllis Evans. She served with distinction on City Council for over twenty years as Vice Mayor and as Chair of the Public Safety and Health, Administrative Services and Community Relations and Recreation committees."
In the written statement, Mayor Ed Kelley said, "Phyllis Evans was an integral part of making the City the vibrant community that it is today. She had a special commitment to our residents and a love of people. I know I speak for Council and City staff to say that she was a joy to work with."
According to the statement, during her time on Council Phyllis Evans supported expanded youth and recreation programs, diversity and integration initiatives, and infrastructure improvements. She was a champion of human and civil rights and was a founding member of the Heights Fund, a pro-integrative housing program. "We offer our sincere condolences to her family on the passing of this wonderful woman," said Kelley.
Evans resigned from Cleveland Heights City Council on June 4, 2012.
The viewing was 2–9 p.m., Monday, Aug. 5, at H.M. Martin Funeral Home, 3856 E. 131 Street. The funeral service for Evans was held at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6 at St. James A.M.E. Church, 8401 Cedar Avenue.
Kim Sergio Inglis
Kim Sergio Inglis is editor-in-chief of the Heights Observer. She lives in the Shaker Farm Historic District in Cleveland Heights.