Shockey, Evelyn Louise

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Evelyn Louise Shockey of Washington, D.C., formerly of Narrows, passed away Friday, April 14, 2006 at Sunrise Assisted Living at Thomas Circle in Washington. She was the daughter of the late Eppa Lorenzo and Ada Gearheart Shockey.

She was born in Narrows, where she grew up and attended school, graduating as valedictorian of Narrows High School. She attended Virginia Intermont College, William and Mary College and the University of Virginia from which she received a B.A. degree in Education. She taught at Pembroke High School in Pembroke. After teaching for several years in the secondary schools in Giles County, Miss Shockey came to Washington, D.C. during World War II to work for the Federal Government.

Continuing her education in Washington, she received her M.A. degree in Education from George Washington University. She was employed in the Foreign Aid Program of the U.S. Government through its many name changes starting with the Institute of Inter-American Affairs to the present Agency for International Development of the U.S. Department of State where she held the position of Technical Information Officer until her retirement in 1972.

She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Washington, D.C. serving as a deaconess, President of the Euzelian Class, and a member of the Business Women’s Circle. After retirement Miss Shockey participated in a number of volunteer activities: Public Citizen, Laubach Literacy Program of Each One Teach One, and Meals on Wheels. Miss Shockey was a Life Member of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society, the Columbian Women of George Washington University and the Beta Chapter of the Phi Delta Gamma National Graduate Honor Organization.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, April 22, 2006 at 2 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Narrows with the Rev. Wayne Monroe officiating. Friends may call at Riffe’s Funeral Service in Narrows, Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Evelyn L. Shockey Memorial Fund of First Baptist Church of Washington, D.C., 1328 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. Online condolence messages can be sent to