Evangeline E. Drissel
October 4, 1927 – April 23, 2021
Evangeline Freeman Drissel, a resident of Wetumpka AL, departed this life at 93 years pf age on April 23, 2021. She had lived in the Montgomery metropolitan area since 1976. Funeral services are open to the public and will be held on Monday, May 3 at 10:00 a.m. from the Alabama Heritage Funeral Home and Cemetery in Montgomery, AL. Evangeline was born on October 4, 1927 in Boston, MA to William and Martha Freeman, and had one sister, Lilly Freeman Russell. Evangeline was commissioned as an officer in the Salvation Army on May 23, 1949 and served on the staff at the School for Officers Training in Atlanta, GA for several years. She married a fellow Salvation Army officer, Walter Jacob Drissel, on June 5, 1956. Together as officers they served in Youngstown, OH, Memphis, TN, Sebring, FL, Key West, FL, Alexandria, LA, Lake Charles, LA, Baton Rouge, LA, Huntsville, AL, Montgomery, AL and Tuscaloosa, AL. Her husband Walter preceded her in death on April 11, 2004. Evangeline retired from the Salvation Army with the rank of Brigadier, after serving for over 32 years, on August 1, 1981. She then went back to school and completed a bachelor’s degree from Huntingdon College in psychology and a master’s degree from Auburn University at Montgomery in counseling. She proceeded to work as a counselor for Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women for over a decade before retirement. Evangeline lived a life of service, both as a Salvation Army officer and prison counselor. She helped countless thousands of people in her lifetime. She was a longtime member of Frazer United Methodist Church and sang for years in the choir. In addition, she continued to play piano for services at the local Salvation Army corps until recently. She could play virtually any Christian song on the piano, organ, accordion, and autoharp. And she had the voice of an angel - her soaring soprano solos of spiritual songs were amazing to hear and behold. Evangeline put her loving words into action, consistently displaying strong humanitarian, ethical, and spiritual values. She always sought to accept and appreciate everyone - no matter their race, nationality, ethnicity, social class, religion, etc. She was a very compassionate, empathetic, altruistic, inspiring Christian woman who dedicated her life to helping others. She is survived by three sons, Walter E. Drissel, William David Drissel, and John Ernest Drissel. In addition, she is survived by her longtime companion, Shirley Ruth Threeton, who was akin to a daughter. She has six surviving grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren, two nieces and nephews, six grand nieces and nephews, and many other family members and friends.
Monday, May 3, 2021
Celebration of Life
Monday, May 3, 2021