DPVA Celebrates the Life of Ruby Williams Evans


Ruby Williams Evans departed this earth on July 27, 2019 after a lifetime of service and decades of support for the Democratic Party of Virginia.

Ruby was born to Teamack and Corine Williams on August 18, 1943 and worked tirelessly as a leader in her church, her community, and the Democratic Party of Virginia. Her work with the Democratic Party included active support of Democratic candidates’ campaigns for office in local, state, and national governments. Widely known and recognized by her fellow Democrats, Ruby was elected to serve as President of the Dinwiddie County Democratic Committee from 2007-2013 and continued in a leadership position until the time of her passing.

Ruby’s dedication to the Democratic Party was an extension of her lifelong commitment to equality and justice for all Americans. Her active commitment began in Durham, North Carolina while she attended Durham Business College and responded to the call of the Civil Rights Movement by joining demonstrations and picket lines to fight discrimination. While in Durham, she met Larry Boyd Evans and they were married on December 17, 1965. From this union came two daughters and five grandchildren.

Ruby was a dedicated employee of Virginia State University for 47 years until her retirement in 2015. Having obtained her B.S. degree from Virginia State, she worked to encourage others to succeed in their academic careers, offering guidance on how they could achieve academic goals while fulfilling their obligations to work and family.

Ruby’s dedication to supporting others was also evident in her service to community and civic organizations. For these efforts, she was awarded the Unsung Hero Award by the Masons of Petersburg Consistory #144 and was recognized as a 2018 Hometown Hero of Dinwiddie County. An active member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Ruby also received the award as Graduate Advisor of the year. The Petersburg Chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council presented her with the 2013 Unsung Hero Award for her exemplary support of the goals and activities of the Sorority.

Therefore, be it Resolved,

The Democratic Party of Virginia hereby notes with great sadness the loss of Ruby Williams Evans, celebrates her life, and requests that the Dinwiddie County Democratic Committee prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of Ruby Williams Evans as an expression of respect and affection for Ruby and appreciation for her service to the Democratic Party, the Committee, and the County of Dinwiddie.