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Evan Richards Moody

November 4, 1938 - December 8, 2021

Evan Richards Moody, age 83, of Newark, DE, went to be with our Lord on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, surrounded by his loved ones.

Born in Morgantown, WV on November 4, 1938, he was a son of the late Evan and Elizabeth (Richards) Moody. Evan worked as a divisional claims superintendent for State Farm Insurance Company until his retirement. After starting a family of his own, he moved them from St. Albans, WV to Delaware in the fall of 1973. Evan served as a 40-year choir member of Ogletown Baptist Church where he made life-long friendships. He touched many hearts including the hearts of his masonic brothers and his many other acquired family members. Evan was one of eight siblings and cherished spending time with them. To his family he was known as “Pappap”, but to countless others he was known as their brother and friend. Evan proudly served as the Master of Jackson Lodge in Delaware City and as the Grand Master of Masons in Delaware, but above all, he was “Proud to be a Mason.” Evan was a lifetime supporter of West Virginia University and a fan of Mountaineer athletics.

Evan is survived by his “first” wife of 61 years, Joan W. Moody; sons, John E. Moody (Janet) and David R. Moody (Shannon), both of Newark; grandchildren, Kayla (Joshua), Jamie (Hillary), Christopher (Ashley), Gavin, and Gage; and three great granddaughters.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9 am until 12 pm on Friday, December 17, 2021 at the Nur Shrine Center, 198 S. DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE, where a masonic service will begin at 11:45 am. A funeral service will immediately follow at 12 pm. Face coverings are recommended for all those in attendance not immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine. Interment will be held privately.

Any family members or friends who are unable to attend the services for Evan can live stream the service by clicking here.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Evan’s memory to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Terry Diamond/Donations, 3551 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140 or online by clicking here.

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  • EVAN, MY WEST VIRGINIA BUDDY…….I WILL CERTAINLY MISS YOU. I’VE KNOWN YOU AND JOAN FOR YEARS FROM CHURCH. I’LL SEE YOU IN HEAVEN.

  • Joan, John, David – I’m terribly sorry for the loss of Evan. I have so many great memories of time spent with the four of you. I’m so glad I was fortunate enough to see Evan earlier this year. Condolences to you and the entire Moody family.

  • He will be missed and all his teaching will last forever in our hearts

  • Joan, John, David and Family,
    I was blessed to have known Evan from very early in my life. He was always kind and always around at church.
    I will always remember when I was hospitalized for a couple of weeks many years ago. I was laying there and in walks Evan and Joan. I never forgot that.
    Rest in Peace Evan adn God Bless You.
    Dan Jones

  • Simple words will not define my love and appreciation of Evan Moody. A Christian brother, the man standing beside me in our church choir since 1973, many conversations, emails, texts, a brother mason and someone I’ll remember always. Joan found a keeper and hung on for a lifetime of love. Missing you already Bro. God’s kingdom just became enriched.

  • Our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to your family. We are so blessed to have known Evan and shared many treasured memories with him.

  • Joan, John and David,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Evan was such a gentleman and a great friend. He will truly be missed. Prayers for you all.

    George & Janet Johnson

  • Evan,
    Though you have departed in body you will live on in memories. A FRIENDSHIP does not stop when one has left us, it only make us APPRECIATE it more. Our condolences and love to Joan and your entire family.

  • So sorry for your loss. Evan was a great man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

  • Pappap we all have appreciated all the history lessons, the wvu games, the many trips we went on as kids with you an grandmom. You will be missed so much. We love you.

  • Rest In Peace dear Friend

  • We will miss you brother & friend.

  • To the entire Moody family… Evan was a very good person, man, and Mason. We know he is now helping the Grand Architect of the Universe.

  • We sincerely regret that circumstances have prevented us from spending time together this week. Over the last several days we have recalled many hours spent together in a motel lobby, at state parks for family reunions, in a mountain cabin in SW Virginia, or at someone’s home. Lots of good times and lots of good memories….which we will continue to remember and enjoy. Please know that we share in your loss, and although we can’t be there in person, we are certainly there in love and spirit.

  • So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Joan,& Moody Family, so sorry for your loss. Evan was a very kind, witty, and certainly a gentleman! I sat in front of the tenor section in choir, & always enjoyed hearing Evan sing. He will be missed by so many who loved him and most definitely his family. Prayers for you All🙏

  • Our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to your family.

  • I’m so sorry for ur loss!

  • Joan and family, I am saddened to learn of Evan’s departure from this earthly realm, but at the same time elated and confident that he has entered into paradise to meet his great creator. I know Evan’s faith was strong and I feel truly blessed to have known him. He was a great friend and brother and will certainly be missed by many. Prayers for peace and comfort to all who mourn for Evan during this holiday season. May God bless us all!!!

  • Oh Evan. To say you will be missed by so many in this life is such an understatement. My memories go back to Statesville when we played pickup basketball at the local college and our waist size was less than 32 inches. You were so athletic and moved with grace and purpose even then. That is the lens through which I viewed you and so much appreciated your participation in family reunions, Arlington military burial and services for loved ones that passed. I marveled at how you always knew the right words to say, passage to recite and tone to take, no matter the occasion. We all have been blessed by your presence and knowing you as friend, brother, cousin, father, husband, orator…(and more) has been a gift. Heaven now has your evolved grace, purpose and brilliance….and I think they have beautiful plans for you. Godspeed Buddy!

  • Still can’t believe this is real. He was such a sweet and kind man. Always making people laugh. Enjoyed being in choir with him. Will miss you Evan! Thoughts and prayers for Joan and the family.
    -Robin Rainier

  • Our hearts hurt for you, Joan, and family. Oh what a wonderful man we will miss! How heaven rejoices for his homecoming! Love you, love you!

  • Evan will be greatly missed. Such a wonderful example of not only a family leader. But a very respected person in the Masons and his community.
    Lol, always opinionated, like dad. Going to miss his messages he used to send. Tom

  • Evan was truly my brother all of my life.
    It hurts my heart that we are unable to be there, not only to honor my brother but to extend my condolences to Joan, John Evan, David and Kayla. The whole extended family grieves his loss. Evan and I had such a good conversation on his birthday, a long conversation full of stories as only Evan could tell them. We will speak soon, but today we will honor Evan’s life and his love of life.

  • So sorry for your loss. May your family find peace in this time of difficulty.

  • Evan was my teacher in Spencer, Wv. All of his students adored him. I thought the world of this man and hope to see him again some day.

  • It will be be an emptier world without Evan. My condolences and prayers are with the family and friends. I will miss his smile and his continually uplifting spirit. I know that he is in a better place and that he is smiling down upon all friends and family. I have always thought of Evan as my example to follow and his teachings and personal words to me will live with me forever. Rest Peacefully Brother.

  • God bless you Joan he was a good man we will miss him. Joan we love you guys take care see you soon. God Bless Jim& Shirley

  • I’m so sorry to hear about Evan.
    Evan and my dad Larry “Satch” Milam taught school together at Spencer Elementary back in Roane County, WV (1964-1965/66).
    I’m keeping everyone in my prayers

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of our time together in Spencer and here in St. Albans.

  • We are so sorry to hear of Evan’s passing. Praying for Joan and all his family and friends. May God be very near and dear to you all.

  • Joan, John, David, we are so sorry for your, no our loss. That’s how we, all of the Sandor’s felt about Evan. Not as a cousin but as a brother, mom always said he was like another son and I always considered that in a way he was. Evan was loved by everyone he met but the bond of family goes deeper. Evan, you will sorely be missed at the next reunion. Until we meet again.