Blessed be the God and Father

of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the Father of mercies and

God of all comfort. 

2 Corinthians 1:3

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

Psalm 116:15

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. 


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


CONGRATULATIONS, Alyssa Simmons on your appointment to Congresswoman Katie Porter's Youth Advisory Board, and being elected President of that Board! This program develops visionary leaders who can effectively advocate for the issues and policies important to young communities in California’s 45th Congressional District.

Through the Youth Advisory Board, board members are empowered with knowledge, access, and network to embark on their own civic leadership pathways. Board members emerge from the program prepared to serve as leaders of young communities throughout Orange County.

In this role, each Youth Advisor is required to organize as a cohort to meet with the Congresswoman and her staff to discuss legislation on a wide variety of policy areas including global warming, gun control, homelessness, college student loans, higher education, and more!


CONGRATULATIONS to the IMRI Family, CEO Reverend Martha Daniel, VP Human Resources Mathurin Daniel, COO Maronya Moultrie, and Security Operations Analyst Adrian Scharf for being named the Family Business of the Year 2020 for medium size Businesses by the Orange County Business Journal!


Reverend Martha Daniel founded the company in 1992 and has continued to evolve it to meet with the ever-changing landscape of technology. The Company and leadership have received numerous awards and recognitions, such as: 2018 induction to the Black Business Leader Hall of Fame; 2018 Orange County Register's 100 Most Influential People in Orange County; 2018 INC 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America; and, 2016 Small Business Association's Person of the Year for the Santa Ana District.


Reverend Martha has also been recognized for her leadership with the 2018 Drum Major Award, and by President Barack Obama as the 2014 White House Champion of Change.



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