CHRISTOPHER S. EPPS: Accounting and
Epps has not given up hope that the son she had late in
life is alive. "I'm just being hopeful and prayerful,"
she said of Christopher S. Epps, her seventh child and
second son. "I just can't seem to give up. I know that
I'm not considered very wise and not facing reality. But
the reality is that no one has showed me any proof that
he is not alive."
Sister Epps, as she is called at the Greater Zion
Baptist Church in the Bronx, knows that the 29-year-old
Mr. Epps, an accountant for Marsh & McLennan, was in
the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. "He said, `Bye, Mom,
see ya later,' " she recalled. "And I said, `Have a
blessed day.' And that was it."
Now she focuses on a September day in 2000 when her
church honored her, and Mr. Epps recited from memory a
poem he had stayed up all night writing.
There were times when I was faced with danger
And fear filled my head.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of
death, I fear no evil;
I remember what Sister Epps said.
She asked the Lord every morning to watch over my
I live today because God heard her plea.
Now I go through this life as a grown man fast in your
Please order my steps, for you are the Father.
Others who love her call her Sister Epps,
But I am just proud to call her my mother.