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John Mehmet Evangelista

John Mehmet Evangelista
  • September 24, 1997 - April 9, 2018
  • Summerville, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers donations may be made to:
  • Suenaka School of Martial Arts
    1856 Belgrade Avenue
    Charleston, SC 29407

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“MY SWEET BABY YOU HAVE GAINED YOUR WINGS. WE NEVER KNOW THE TIME NOT THE HOUR BUT I MUST SAY I THANK YOU. JOHN I KNEW YOU WERE SPECIAL FROM DAY ONE...Read More »
1 of 29 | Posted by: KANDACE TISDALE - CHARLESTON, SC

John 2nd grade “Dear Sukran, Maria and Family,My heart aches for you and the pain you are experiencing over the loss of John. Please take comfort in the fact that...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: Carolyn Mullinax - Goose Creek, SC

“My wonderful memories of John stretch back to Devon Forest when he and my son were best buds. I found him to be one of the sweetest and smartest...Read More »
3 of 29 | Posted by: Glendis Loftus - Goose Creek, SC

“Our family is deeply saddened by your loss.we are all praying to God to grant John eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon him.We are also...Read More »
4 of 29 | Posted by: may villagonzalo - Kidapawan City

“I am so sorry for your loss. John was such a wonderful artist and always had great exuberant ideas. He always made my class fun and interesting. ”
5 of 29 | Posted by: Elizabeth Ellis - Summerville, SC

“Sorry to hear about the loss of your son may you find peace in the Lord during your time of bereavement . ”
6 of 29 | Posted by: LaShanda Conyers CPC - SC

“To the Evangelista Family,I am heart broken over this news. John was my Social Studies student at Marrington Middle School of the Arts, and I loved...Read More »
7 of 29 | Posted by: Angela Simmons - Moncks Corner, SC

“I am saddened by the loss of John. I met him while subbing in 2nd grade at Devon Forest. He was a unique caring person. I regret that I did not keep...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Mary Beth Radcliffe - Summerville, SC

“My dear elementary and middle school friend...you taught me the foundation of being yourself and unapologetically unique. You showed how amazing...Read More »
9 of 29 | Posted by: Daneisha Sampson - Summerville, SC

“My heart crys for you and your family you were so incredibly smart you always knew just what to say my condolences to your family fly high ”
10 of 29 | Posted by: Emily - friend

“I am heart broken of this news. I loved this kid. He was so special and just a joy for my family to have around when the kids were young. Calundra...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: Calundra Sampson - Chicago, IL

“I am so sorry for your lost Mrs. Sukran. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
12 of 29 | Posted by: Michelle Gabuyo - Summerville, SC

“John was a friend when no one else was. He was the first person to make me feel accepted in High school. Thank you for everything. R.I.P. ”
13 of 29 | Posted by: Elijah

“John was one of the nicest people I met and had an impact on me. He was unique and i'm honored to have known him. Condolences to your family, he's...Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Adrian Espinosa - Pensacola, FL

“Maria my heart breaks for you and yours. I am lifting each of you up in my prayers and holding you close to my heart and prayers. I am so sorry for...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Rhonda McKnight - SC - Friend

“I remember John well - - - enjoyed him in my classes and in productions during his Middle School years. ”
16 of 29 | Posted by: Don Toler - Liberty, MS - teacher

“John was a good friend. He was a shockingly unique person. His intelligence, originality, and humor were and will remain to be sources of inspiration...Read More »
17 of 29 | Posted by: Benjamin Miller - Kings Mountain, NC

Sept 2013. I was in the hospital and you and our art family kept me in positive thoughts.
18 of 29 | Posted by: Allison Meyerhoff - Charleston, SC

“John was such a precious soul. Growing up with him in my life was definitely a gift. I will remember him as the kind and generous young man he was. ”
19 of 29 | Posted by: Anna Neely - friend

“I enjoyed middle school and high school with John. My favorite was our freshman year in BCA art class. Always making the class laugh with your witty...Read More »
20 of 29 | Posted by: Allison Meyerhoff - Charleston, SC

“Maria, Please know that you, Jo and John's entire family are in my thoughts and prayers. Perhaps your fond memories may be a comfort to you in the...Read More »
21 of 29 | Posted by: A friend


22 of 29 | Posted by: Mary Manigault

“Maria,I'm so sorry to learn of John's passing. I know that he and you were very close. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
23 of 29 | Posted by: Archie Franchini - Charleston, SC

“Aww, Prayers for you (mother, father and step father) family/members and friends. May the Lord give you strength during this time. God Bless ”
24 of 29 | Posted by: Shayla Walker - Charleston, SC

“I am praying for you and your family.God will take care of you. ”
25 of 29 | Posted by: Sheri Norwood - Charleston, RI

“Sukran and Bulent, I am in Chicago, but my heart is with you... bless you both. I'll see you soon. Love and sympathy ”
26 of 29 | Posted by: Patty Johnson - Moncks Corner, SC

“I am so sorry for your loss, he was a wonderful son. ”
27 of 29 | Posted by: Jannie Freeman - Goose Creek, SC

“Saying goodbye to someone we love is heartbreaking. May you find comfort in all the special memories shared with your son .Glenda Elayda ”
28 of 29 | Posted by: Glenda Elayda - North Charleston, SC

“Sukran my family and I we are very sorry for the lost of your son. You and your family will always be in my prays.Love AlwaySheryldine ”
29 of 29 | Posted by: Sheryldine Hamilton - Charleston, SC


John Mehmet Evangelista, 20, of Summerville, SC, died Monday, April 9, 2018. The family will receive friends Sunday, April 15, 2018 in J. HENRY STUHR, INC., NORTHWOODS CHAPEL, 2180 Greenridge Road, from 5:00 PM until 7:00 pm. A graveside funeral service will be announced at a later date.

John was born September 24, 1997 in Summerville, SC, son of Sukran Tiken Kaplan and Joe Evangelista. He graduated from Goose Creek High School/Berkeley School of The Arts in 2016 and was attending Trident Technical College for computer programming. He loved his Aikido class and the sport of Fencing. He was an artist who loved to draw and paint, enjoyed making robotics (especially Gundam robots) and loved history. He enjoyed taking French and his class called him "Napoleon". He will be greatly missed by his relatives and good friends from the United States, Turkey and Roatán Honduras.

He is survived by his mother and father, step-father, Bulent Kaplan of Summerville, SC; aunts, Maria Evangelista of Johns Island, SC and Josephine Bivens (Aunt Gigi) of Johns Island, SC and numerous aunts, cousins and uncles.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Suenaka School of Martial Arts, 1856 Belgrade Avenue, Charleston, SC 29407.