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Celebrating the life of

Evelyn R. McElhaney

Passed away on March 23, 2024

Evelyn R. McElhaney

Evelyn Ricks McElhaney, 90, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2024, at her home with her husband by her side.  She was born December 7, 1933, in Soperton, GA to the late Herbert and Maggie Jane Ricks.  She loved flowers and especially loved and cared for her family.  She attended South Gardens Baptist Church, and later Chatham Christian Church. 

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Wilburt McElhaney of Savannah, her son, Curtis W. McElhaney of Jacksonville, FL, two daughters, Donna Anderson of Ellijay, GA, and Karen D. Smith (Curtis) of Port Wentworth, GA, her three grandchildren, Donna Ruiz (Michael) of Savannah, Matthew Smith of Savannah, Candice Smith of Port Wentworth, and her two great-grandchildren, Gianna Ruiz of Auburn, AL, and Matthew Gorena. 

Visitation will be 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at Fox & Weeks, Hodgson Chapel. 

Funeral Service will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at Fox & Weeks, Hodgson Chapel. 

Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.




Wilbert n Family, we the DeVillers, Mattox, n Williams Family share your loss of your beautiful wife, Evelyn. Evelyn was beautiful inside which radiated to the outside. We adopted you and Evelyn as our wonderful loving and caring Heatherwood neighbors/ family. We will miss Evelyn but we know that she was tired..and now is at peace with the Lord....we loved...Evelyn but our GOD...loved her best. We know that tears come at night...but JOY...UNSPEAKABLE JOY...comes in the morning...we are there for u...We love you all....GOD BLESS.

- Carolyn DeVillers, Savannah, Ga

My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the entire family during this time of loss. Mrs. McElhaney will be greatly missed in the neighborhood. It was always a joy to see the both of you out and about. While no words can lesson your loss, please let the many years of happy memories bring you comfort.

- Pamela Stevenson Beasley, Savannah, GA

A candle has been lit!

- Pamela Stevenson Beasley, Savannah, GA

One of the sweetest ladies I have ever known. I had the pleasure of seeing both she and Wilburt almost every weekday when they would come to lunch at Candler and knew them from church functions, she and Wilburt were always so friendly and thoughtful, I so enjoyed knowing them both. Thinking of the family. She was a jewel.

- Susan Brookshire, Statham, GA

Junie, My Condolences to you and the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Lee Smith Your niece.

- Lee Smith (Patricia Lee Smith), Savh., GA

Thoughts and prayers

- Tommy Alford and Phyllis Alford, Savannah, GA

On behalf of the John McGinty family, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the McElhaney family. Many fond memories of our across-the-street, IOH neighbors! May God comfort you all with His peace, which passes all understanding.

- Jan McGinty Boyett, Savannah, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel