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Letitia Pate Evans


Letitia Pate Evans, American philanthropist. Awarded Order of Purple Heart, Wings of Britain (Great Britain); special de lux volunteer France’s memorial publication for New York World’s Fair (given 60 Americans). Member Virginia Society Colonial Dames.


Evans, Letitia Pate was born on February 21, 1872 in Redford, Virginia, United States. Daughter of Major Cornelius and Elizabeth (Stagg) Pate.


Student Miss Declik’s School, Lynchburg, Virginia, Miss Leigh Breazel’s French School, Bedford, Virginia.


Colonel Arthur Kelley Evans, 1913 (died May 25, 1948). President Whitehead Holding Company, Atlanta. Director Coca Cola Company Endowed Joseph B. Whitehead Chair of Surgery Emory University, Chairman of the Board Joseph B. Whitehead Found.

Donated $3,000,000 to Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, for Conkey Pate Whitehead Surgical Pavilion. Donated Letitia Pate Evans dining hall to Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia, bequeathed $100,000 for maintenance. Bequeathed $350,000 to build Episcopal Home for Old Ladies in Richmond, Virginia, $50,000 to Virginia Episcopal School, Lynchburg, $500,000 to William and Mary College, Williamsburg.

Restored the Custom House, Yorktown, Virginia. Furnished ambulances for France, World World War II. Donated $32,000 gold reserve for Queen’s Fund for air raid victims.

Equipped Canadian Hospital at Taplaw on Astor estate. Trustee American Hospital, Paris, France, Emory University, Agnes Scott College, Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia.


Member Virginia Society Colonial Dames.


Married Joseph Brown Whitehead, October 8, 1894 (died 1906).; married second, Lieutenant. Children: Joseph Brown (deceased), Conkey Pate (deceased).

Major Cornelius Pate

Elizabeth (Stagg) Pate

Joseph Brown Whitehead


Joseph Brown Evans (deceased)

Conkey Pate Evans (deceased)