God looked down from heaven above early Saturday morning on January 9, 2021 searching for a Godly helper to serve in His Holy Kingdom. He chose Bishop Evander Major because he knew of all the numerous lives he had touched on earth.
Bishop Evander Major was born on January 13, 1970 in Columbia, South Carolina to the late Andrenia Pearl West and Joseph Samuel Major, Jr.
Bishop Major graduated from Richland North East High School in 1989 and furthered his education at Benedict College, where he studied business administration, as well as the University of South Carolina, where he studied psychology.
Bishop Major worked in retail for several years including his employment at Mitchell’s Formal Wear. Evander’s exquisite taste for clothing and design was always noted whenever he entered a room. His son, Caleb, has inherited his father’s great passion of fashion as he dresses the part.
Bishop Major was an excellent event planner. He was highly sought after to plan weddings, birthday celebrations, and other special events. He also was frequently planned and organized religious celebrations.
Bishop Major was united in holy matrimony to the love of his life, Tedra K. Smith, in 1996. God blessed their union with a son, Caleb Leman Major, who was born on September 25, 1997.
Bishop Major loved the Lord and the church from his early childhood, which was evidenced by his insistence on “playing church” with his cousins and friends. Of course, he would always be the preacher. This was God’s sign of preparing him to actually become a preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Bishop Major was a gentle soul who consistently demonstrated his Christian values by loving and serving humanity. From his childhood and throughout his life he passionately gave of himself for the good of others. His sister, Katina Major Anderson, recounts how helpful and supportive he was after the death of her husband, Zuriel Anderson. He stepped in and assisted Zuriel’s uncle, the late renowned Greggory Spencer, with all the details of funeralizing her husband. His doing so greatly reduced her stress during that most difficult time.
Bishop Major’s father-in- law, Elder Thomas Smith, often says how helpful and supportive Bishop Major was in the passing of both his mother and father. Elder Smith says his son-in-law’s support was and will always be much appreciated.
Bishop Major was preceded in death by his wife, Tedra K. Smith Major; his mother Andrenia Pearl West; paternal grandparents, Annie Leysath Major and Joseph Robert Major; and maternal grandparents, James and Mary West Gaskins.
Bishop Major leaves to cherish his memories his son, Caleb L. Major; his father, Samuel (Tammy) Major; his sister, Katina Major Anderson; aunts, Aveline Rivers, Dorethea (Robert) Williams, Lillia Mae Pringle, Janie Ruth Major, Pearline Major Knight, Naomi Major, and Evangelist Emily (Willie) Sutton and Jessie Loue Gaskins; uncles, Frank (Angie) Major, Herbert Lee (Geneva) Leysath, and Walter Dukes; Mother-in-love, Melinda Anderson; godmother, Reverend Gert Thompson; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other loving relatives and friends all of whom will miss him dearly.
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