Rita Renee Singleton

rita singleton
On March 11, 1952, a beautiful baby girl was born to the late H.V. and Sarah Ann Evans of Omaha, Texas. Rita graduated from Daingerfield High School in 1970 where she was very active in the band for all four years of high school. Rita was the first Black Drum Majorette and Majorette of Daingerfield High School. She taught many of her successors as well as their children how to twirl and she was very good at what she did. She continued her education in Dallas, Texas and received her Bachelor of Science Degree at Bishop College in 1974. Rita later earned a Masters of Education degree from Texas A&M Commerce-Texarkana.
Rita accepted Christ at a very early age at Mt Mitchell Church of Christ where she was a very active and faithful member. She taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, a member of the ladies singing group, and was the Church Secretary.  Rita was loved by all who came in contact with her and returned the genuine love kindly shown to her. She always had a loving heart and a beautiful smile. 
In 1990, She began her career in education at Daingerfield High School and was blessed to teach her grandchildren and most of her nieces, nephews, great nieces as well as great nephews. Mrs. Singleton was well loved by her children and earned the nickname of Mrs. "Zoo Ba Doo" by her Business Professionals of America Squad whom she adored dearly. She traveled many states with Business Professionals of America. She was the UIL Coordinator and Business CO-OP Instructor for many years until her death.
On December 27, 1991, Rita and Gerald entered into holy matrimony and to this union no children were born.  She was a loving and faithful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and dear friend.  She truly loved living her life to the fullest with all of her loved ones around her.
Rita was proceeded in death by her parents, H.V. and Sarah Evans; her sister, Chestene Reece; and brothers E.V. Evans and Charles Linberg Evans Sr.  Her legacy will live on in her loving husband Gerald Singleton SR.; her 2 children, Tegra (Torre aka Tiger) Chism of Lone Star, TX; Terrance Harper, Dallas, TX from her first marriage;  step-son Gerald (Alanna) Singleton, Richardson, TX; one sister Linda Evans of Daingerfield, TX; four brothers L.V. (Bonnie) Evans, Daingerfield, TX; Billy Earl (Pearlie Mae) Evans, Richard Harold Evans, all of Omaha, TX and Donald (Jackie) Evans, Dallas, TX.; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, loving friends and Christian brothers and sisters.

Services for Rita Singleton will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 17, 2021 at the Daingerfield High School.  Burial to follow in the Shady Grove Cemetery in Cason, Texas and under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home in Hughes Springs.  Mrs. Singleton will lie-in-state from noon till 7:00 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.



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  1. We love you Mrs. Singleton. Thank you for everything you taught me and also have the pleasure of teaching my children. You will be missed dearly..Take your rest our sweet angel.

  2. Rest Easy Mrs. Singleton , you will be missed dearly ZOOBADOO!! I will always cherish the memories we had in your class

  3. With our deepest sympathy. I am so sorry for your loss. May God give the family the strength to move on. God bless. The children of Mary Lou Grant

  4. The most sweetest, caring, loving teacher I had in high school..She will definitely be missed by so many

  5. My condolences and prayers to the family. She was a nice lady. Rest in Peace and Love Ma'am. 🙏🏿?

  6. Prayers and condolences to the Evans and Singleton families. Everyone who knew Rita loved Rita. She was a trailblazer — the last drum major at Rhoads High School and the first black majorette at Daingerfield High School. She educated students and left a lasting legacy in the minds and hearts of many. Her work on this side is finished and she is now safe in her Master's arms. May the Holy Spirit comfort the family and may His peace shower down on them.

  7. Rest in Peace my dear Friend! We Loved you and will treasure the memories of our Friendship Forever! You will definitely be missed!

  8. I wi always remember the sweet loving caring person you were. We had many BPA trips together and many long talks. You taught both of my children. The world is a little less amazing without you in it. Rest easy Mrs Rita. Ill always remember you.

  9. To my family, this is hard to bare but God will give us strength for each day. We love you all.

  10. To the Singleton/Evans/Chism families, I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Mrs. Singleton 28 years ago, my Senior year of High school. She was nothing but nice to me and was so soft spoken and always had encouraging words.

  11. To the Evans/Singleton family,

    Ms. Rita was a very kind and loving person. I’m so thankful to God for allowing our paths to cross. She was a genuinely loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and friend. I’m sending my deepest condolences, warmest thoughts, prayers and love to the family and all her loved and cherished her.

  12. My condolences to Coach Singleton,Tegra, Terrence, and the entire Evans family..Rita was an awesome lady and will be missed. Continued prayers and blessings to the family.

  13. To the family of Mrs. Singleton,
    Mrs. Singleton was definitely one of a kind. I had the pleasure to know her as my teacher at DHS as well as my teacher in the back classrooms at Mt. Mitchell. She was one of the most honest positive polite people I ever met. I am thankful God allowed me the opportunity to glean from her wisdom. Her presence and voice will be greatly missed on the hill. May she rest in the presence of the Giver of life.

  14. I love you an will always have you in my heart,you have been a very special person in my life ever since my daddy passed Terrance has always come pick me up an hang with him at your house an chill you an Tegra an Terrance were a big part of my life when my dad left cause you all became my best friends an all of you have always been my best friends,I love having you in my life no matter what happens,so thank you so much for being there when I was down an lost my best friend too,I love you all of you to the moon an back,I hope your journey is beautiful wherever you are Aunt Rita,you will always have my heart,I love you an will miss your smile💕😘💕😘💕😘💕😘💕😘💕😘💕😘

  15. To Gerald & The Extended Singleton Families, with deepest regrets and condolences.

    We were not fortunate enough to get to know Mrs. Singleton; but we both knew Gerald from Jr. High School long into adulthood”

    And we both have the utmost respect for him and everything
    he stands for’..

    Please know that You are in our thoughts and prayers now and in the difficult days ahead”

    To live in hearts that we leave behind is not to die.

    Submitted with love and the greatest respect”.

    Beth & Matthew Lanagan

  16. My condolences 😪 to one of the sweetie family I've ever none , I will continue to pray for strength and understanding for you'll May God Continues to bless 🙏 In Jesus Name Amen

  17. To the Evans/Singleton family. Rita always carried a smile, a kind heart.
    Our condolences, love, and prayers.
    Ruth, Jeff, Ned, Jackie, Penny, and Lorraine ?

  18. Mrs. Singleton you were one of the greatest teachers I ever had. You taught me the value of self worth, and I will forever cherish our memories. Thank you for being such an inspirational, loving part of my life.
    Love Always,
    Lolethia Johnson

  19. ‘The Simmons family extending our deepest sympathy to you during this time. Our prayers and blessings are with you.’ we love you and continue to pray y'all strength in the Lord.

  20. My sincere sympathy for Reta's Family. Reta was my classmate from 1st grade through 12th we loved her sense of humor and such a Beautiful and Wonderful person. I would spend the night with her and Natash. We never got to have Lunch as we planned to. Rest well

  21. While the years have flown, you are and will always be Aunt Rita! You will be missed by so many. Prayers to the family!

  22. Sweet Rita, friend, classmate, wonderful teacher to many. You will be truly missed by so many, you have truly made your mark and have jewels in your crown. Go rest high on that mountain sweet angel.

  23. 1st Lady Rita of Daingerfield Hi School ,
    Class of 1970 ( 2 years before me @ DHS )

    She "Fought a good Fight , she Kept the Faith , she Finished her Course " —- II Timothy 4 : 6 – 8

  24. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. May you forever cherish the memories created in your hearts. Mrs. Singleton will be dearly missed by all. Praying for strength and comfort in the days ahead.

  25. My sincere condolences to the Evans and Singleton families. We loved her dearly and spent our young years having fun with her on Bishop College's campus in Dallas.

  26. My Condolences to The Family.May The Precious Memories give You Comfort.God will take care of You. Just put Your Trust in Him.

  27. Condolences to the family. Remembering "the good ole Bishop Blue" and dearest Rita. She made an impact on many, left lasting memories… and was a beloved friend with maximum charisma. May you find peace in the days and years ahead.

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