Evelyn Redd Saunders was born in Halifax County on July 1, 1938. Mrs. Saunders passed away peacefully at home on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, at the age of 82 years old. She was the daughter of the late Carlton and Dahlia Redd and was married to the late Paul Carrington Saunders for 46 years.

Evelyn and Paul opened their home and hearts to 71 foster children, over the course of nearly 20 years, forever changing their lives.

She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and friend.

Evelyn is survived by her children, Jimmie (Joy), Phillip (Tammie), Paula (Jason), Mike (Tammy) and Kim (Edward); fifteen grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and siblings Monroe Redd, Lorene Beard and Ester Reaves.

Mrs. Saunders was preceded in death by brothers Leslie and Samuel Redd; son David; and companion/friend John Gilley.

Special thanks are extended to the caregivers that took such great care of Evelyn during her battle with cancer.

A memorial service will be scheduled later in the spring.

For memorials, consider the Halifax Co. Cancer Association, P.O. Box 1891, Halifax VA 24558.

Online condolences may be directed to www.powellfuneralinc.com

Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home, South Boston.