Mr. Evans was born on September 29, 1925, in Brunswick Co. and was a life-long resident of Ash. He was an example of true friendship, dedication to family, and community and will greatly be missed by all that knew and loved him.
Fess was the son of the late Lonnie and Rutha Canady Evans. He was preceded in death by his two loving wives, Myrle Hulon Evans, Mitchelle Causey Evans; three brothers, Lewis Cleyon Evans, Cecil D. Evans, and Willie Auburn Evans.
After graduating from Waccamaw High School in 1943, Fess proudly joined the US Navy and received his honorable discharge in Norfolk, VA in February 1946. He attended Campbell College and was the first insurance agent in Brunswick County to sell federal crop insurance. In 1956, he joined International Longshoreman’s Union and worked at Sunny Point, Southport, until he retired in 1987.
Fess was a faithful, life-long member of Soldier Bay Baptist Church. He lived a life that reflected his love for God and his love for all mankind.
He was a member of Shallotte Masonic Lodge and the Sudan Temple.
Fess loved bluegrass music and was an avid golfer with his longtime friend, Paul Brummett. He enjoyed singing and playing his guitar & dulcimer and laughed every time the family dog, Daisy, would wag her tail.
Surviving are his devoted son, John Auburn Evans, and wife, Pam, of Ash; his beautiful, granddaughter, Tracy Myrle Evans, of Shallotte, grandson, James Ernest Evans, and wife, Amanda, of Wallace, grandson, Richard James Boatwright, and wife, Angie, of Sanford, and granddaughter, Wendy Boatwright Henderson, and husband, Chris, of Dillon, SC; four great-grandchildren, Felicity Evans, Joshua Evans, Devin Evans, and Kinsley Henderson; a sister, Avis Lay Williams, and husband, John A., of Mebane; three sisters-in-law; Claire T. Evans, of Ash, Teresa H. Gillespie, of Lowgap, Bron H. Dixon, of Mobile, AL.
A Celebration of Life will be conducted at 3 pm on Tuesday, September 27th in the Brunswick Funeral Service Chapel by the Rev. Charlie Smith & Rev. Jason L. Benton. Burial will follow in the Brunswick Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Soldier Bay Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 10, Ash, NC 28420, or the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607, or the SECU Hospice House of Brunswick, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.
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