It is with a heavy heart that we ask the COR family to join in praying for COR's former pastor, Reverend Dr. Mark Whitlock, his beloved wife the Reverend Mia Whitlock, the entire family, including our own Mr. & Mrs. Mark (Tre) Whitlock III, on the eternal transition of their matriarch, Mother Evelyn Whitlock.
Evelyn Marie Whitlock was a perfect example of a phenomenal woman. She was intelligent, intellectual, outgoing, full of life and love all wrapped up in 89 pounds! She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to so many.
She was an extraordinary woman who had an excellent career as head of medical records management for a major hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Having worked in her father’s store and credit union at a young age, she had great financial and business sense. She developed the flawless finance procedure that is used here at COR which many other churches have adopted.
She “held court” at breakfast at COR! Those who sat with her knew that they would have a good laugh because Evelyn loved to laugh and to keep you laughing. Her court consisted of Dr. Pam, Dr. Joyce, Dr. Fran, Dr. Andria, Dr. Paula, Nurse Barbara and many others over the years. She was a friend to all. Anyone could join the table, but these were the regulars. She was first in line for breakfast as she loved to eat!
She should have been the Ambassador for the United Nations. She traveled to many events and afternoon services with Pastor Mark and Reverend Mia. She wasn’t shy. She would talk with everyone she met and invite them to COR. If you brought someone special to church with you, she would seek them out to introduce herself to make them feel welcome.
She stayed up with current events! Anytime you walked in the house during the day, she was watching MSNBC! It was part of her life! She would shake her little fist at the commentators on television and give them a few choice words, especially if they were saying something negative about her beloved President Barack Obama! She was well versed in politics and all events on the world stage. She could engage anyone in conversation.
Mother Whitlock was a fashionista! Elegant, classy in her dress, even when she called herself being casual! Whenever she was out, she was always well-coordinated in color, purse, and jewelry.
It didn’t matter your age, if you were friends with Evelyn, you were friends. She often said, "Who would think I would have so many friends under 50!"
COR Church was honored and blessed to have had this woman in our life. She un-knowingly fulfilled a need. She was determined, honest and straight-forward. She loved the Lord, her sons, daughter, daughter–in-love, her grandchildren, and great-granchildren.
She has gained her wings and was ready to fly. Fly away, sweet Evelyn, fly away.
Mother Whitlock leaves to cherish her memory her son Reverend Dr. Mark E. Whitlock, Jr. and her daughter-in-love Dr. Mia Shegog Whitlock; her sons Bruce Whitlock and Glenn Whitlock; daughter Reverend Deborah A. Whitlock Lax, Pastor of Bethel AME Church in Reno, Nevada; her beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and extended family; and, a host of friends.
A Celebration of Life for Mother Evelyn Whitlock will be held Friday, October 30, 2020 at 1:30p PT / 4:30pm ET. You can watch the livestreamed service: ReidTemple.org/watch
Please send cards, gifts, or flowers to Rev. Dr. Mark E. Whitlock, Jr., c/o
Reid Temple AME, 11400 Glenn Dale Blvd, Glenn Dale, Maryland 20769