Rolando M. Fayard

Merchant and Volunteer

Rolando M. Fayard, 78, a retired Takoma Park merchant who had been a longtime Washington area volunteer, died Nov. 5 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. He had lung cancer.

Mr. Fayard, who was born in Argentina, came to this country and the Washington area in 1939.

During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army in the Pacific and received a Bronze Star.

After the war, he was a mechanic and did body work for various Washington area service stations and body shops. He then owned and operated the Takoma Auto Center from 1962 until retiring in 1982.

Mr. Fayard was a 25-year member of the Takoma Park Lions Club and a 45-year member of the Lois Green-Sligo chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America. He had served on the chapter's board of directors and as its grounds chairman. He also had served as the chapter's liaison to scouting organizations.

He lived in Takoma Park until moving to the Montgomery County community of Dickerson, where he had lived since 1993.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Katherine; a son, Roland, of Poolesville; two daughters, Anna Connellee of Woodbine and Beth Fayard-Jones of Dickerson; a brother, Al, of Palo Alto, Calif.; a sister, Irene Rut of Wheaton; and eight grandchildren.

S. Rita Evans

AID Officer and Clerk

S. Rita Evans, 55, a participant training specialist for the Agency for International Development from 1965 to 1996, died Nov. 4 at Holy Cross Hospital after a heart attack. She lived in Rockville.

Since 1997, Mrs. Evans was a clerk at Kohl's Department Store in Germantown.

Mrs. Evans was born in Washington and graduated from Burdick Vocational High School in the early 1960s. She was a placement officer with the D.C. Adoption Agency until joining AID.

She was a member of the American Businesswomen's Association.

Survivors include her husband, Jonah Evans Jr. of Rockville; a son, Karl Michael Evans of Rockville; a daughter, Traci Evans Rowe of Bowie; two sisters, Constance Neverson of Upper Marlboro and Norma Davis of Washington; and a brother, Emory Franklin of Washington.