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Judge Sue Mcknight EVANS

May 11, 1933October 8, 2018

Judge Sue McKnight Evans, born May 11, 1933 in Old Hickory, TN died surrounded by her family at the Rutherford Assisted Living in Murfreesboro, TN on October 8, 2018. Judge Evans was the daughter of the late Luther Wilson McKnight and Willie Bernice Bradley McKnight. Judge Evans is preceded in death by her loving husband of 63 years, Donald Joseph Evans, and her sons Donald Joseph Evans, Jr. and James Charles Dennis Evans. She is survived by her daughter Donna (Paul) Long of Murfreesboro and son John Daniel Evans of Nashville. Judge Evans is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Judge Evans began her career teaching at Holy Rosary Academy in Donelson. While teaching, Judge Evans graduated with a BS from University of Tennessee – Nashville, and went on to obtain her law degree from the Nashville School of Law. Upon passing the bar exam, she entered into private practice in Nashville, and in 1996 was elected General Sessions Judge in Division IX of Davidson County. She was unopposed for reelection in 1998 and again in 2006, completing her service on the bench in 2014 at the end of her term. Judge Evans served as presiding judge in Davidson County General Session Court in 1996 and 1997.

Judge Evans was appointed to the Court of the Judiciary where she served two terms from 1999 until 2007. In 2010 she was recognized by the National Association of Women Judges.

Judge Evans was most recently a member of St. Edwards Catholic Church where she served as a Eucharistic Minister. The family would like to thank her fellow residents and staff at the Rutherford Assisted Living for their love and attention over the past year and for the care provided to her by the staff of Willowbrook Home Health and Hospice in Shelbyville, TN.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the service at Noon on Thursday October 11, 2018 at St. Edwards Catholic Church, 188 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37211. Mass of the Resurrection will be by Rev. Joseph Patrick Breen Celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Father Ryan High School Library. Visit MarshallDonnellyCombs.com 615-327-1111


  • Visitation Thursday, October 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 11, 2018


Judge Sue Mcknight EVANS

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Patty Needham

October 15, 2018

I worked at Father Ryan High School and I remember her kindness and generosity to others; never expecting anything in return. My heart is sad at her passing, yet I know she is experiencing great joy in heaven.

Maria Canaday

October 11, 2018

She was a wonderful lady! Known her for a long time. Very sad to hear she’s no longer here on earth. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. See you again. Rest In Peace Sue . Maria Canaday

Nancy Langdon

October 11, 2018

Donna, I send my love and prayers to you and your family
I have great memories from our days at St Bernard

Robert Notestine

October 11, 2018

I appeared as an attorney many times before Judge McKnight and I was always glad to see her. We shared a teaching and law background and she always had kind words for people in the court setting and was genuinely interested in the cases before her. And she had a good common sense approach to the cases before her. I had a case in her court the last day she was on the bench in General Sessions but lost track of her after that. I am very sorry to hear of her passing. Nashville has lost a fine teacher, lawyer, Judge and friend to many.

Alan & Nickie Lancaster

October 10, 2018

Sue touched so many lives with her love of history and inspired those she taught. She was a true West High Blue Jay in the class of 1951. Her courage to attend law school at such a late age showed her love of continued learning. Our family was so blessed that she touched our lives. Whenever you see a Blue Jay, think of Sue.
Alan & Nickie Lancaster and family, Hermitage, TN

Anne Mcknight

October 10, 2018

When I married her nephew she welcomed me with open arms into the family. I was inspired that she completed her law degree latter in life and was encouraged to not give up finishing my own bachelors degree. She was such a strong personality, fun loving and always had a great story to tell. Truly a mentor and leader. We will miss her sweet happy fierce love. ❤️❤️❤️