COKER - James Cary Evans, of Coker, was born August 16, 1924 and died January 5, 2016, at the age of 91. A Coker native, he was born to James Edwin Evans and Catholine Snider Evans. He graduated in 1943 from Tuscaloosa County High School and served in the United States Army Air Force during World War II as an aircraft mechanic. After completing his military service, he returned home to the Evans family farm and was an employee of B.F. Goodrich for thirty-nine years.
A member of the Coker Cumberland Presbyterian Church for the past seventy-seven years, Mr. Evans was an elder, a choir member, a teacher and a visitor to the home-bound in Coker and outlying areas. He helped restore and maintain Old Liberty Cemetery, where many of his ancestors are buried and assisted in restoring Big Creek Cemetery for the 175th anniversary ceremony. He was a Mason for fifty years and a certified Master Gardner.
Mr. Evans was a devoted caretaker for his sister, Nannie, for the past decade. A highlight of recent years was his trip in May 2015 to Washington, D.C. as part of the World War II Honor Flight.
He is survived by his sister, Nannie Snyder; his brother, Joe Evans (wife, Jeralyn Evans); his nephew, Jack Gardner (wife, Deloris Gardner); and his nieces, Ramona Baker, Martha Baker (husband, Rick Godfrey), Nancy Hubbard and Kay Norris (husband, Jerry Norris). He is also survived by great nephews, a great niece, their children, and his dear friends, Gene and Merle Leonard.
Mr. Evans was preceded in death by his parents and his two older sisters, Gladys Gardner and Evelyn Baker.
Visitation will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Coker Cumberland Presbyterian Church on Saturday, January 9, 2016 with a memorial service following at 2 p.m. Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home North is handling arrangements.
Visitation will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Coker Cumberland Presbyterian Church on Saturday, January 9, 2016.
2 p.m. Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home North is handling arrangements.