George William Evans, 97, of Reedsville, formerly of Brave and Blacksville, died at 5:28 a.m. Monday (May 9, 2016) at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Pam Evans.
He was born Friday, Jan. 10, 1919, in Beaumont, Texas, a son of the late Edward Lee Evans and Lillian Bowan Stephens Evans.
Mr. Evans was a member of the Kents Chapel at Brave. He was a proud graduate of Alderson Broaddus College as a recipient of an honorary degree from the School of Hard Knocks. With his wife, he was a member of the Good Sams RV Camping Club and loved traveling with his wife. He was a proud member of the Clay-Battelle Senior Citizens Center in Blacksville. He was a member of the Waynesburg Elks Club for several decades and the Brave Volunteer Fire Department. He was president of the Brave Civic Association, resulting in the preservation of the fast-pitch softball tournaments. He built and maintained the public ice skating rink for the community of Brave. He supported many charities and was willing to help anyone in need. He was the patriarch of six generations and was also a renowned storyteller who found joy in others' laughter.
He enjoyed his summer home with his family on Middle Fork River, hosting many Memorial Day parties for his family and friends. The happiest days of his life were spent doing a man's work. He was a member of "the greatest generation." He was the construction superintendent for various large projects with construction companies ranging from turnpikes to interstates, schools and bridges. As you travel this land, you will have seen his work.
With his son and wife, he owned and operated Big G Family Restaurant in Blacksville for 21 years.
Ed and his wife would like to thank Preston County Home Care, especially Theresa. Also their deepest appreciation to his two personal caregivers, Tanya Wright and Taya Bolyard. Too, a warm thank you to Preston County Hospice for his last days of comfort.
His wife, Doris Gayle Blue Evans, whom he married March 17, 1957, died May 19, 2015, after 58 years of marriage.
Surviving are two sons, Edward O. (Pam) Evans of Reedsville and Bill (Diane) Evans of Denver, Colorado; three daughters, Lizbeth (Roger) Long of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Lillian Evans of Denver, Colorado, and Mary Ellen (Melvin) Furman of Arlington, Virginia; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-granddaughter.
Deceased is one sister, Joanna Ruth Kovach.
Friends will be received from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc. (Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director), 197 N. Maiden St., Waynesburg, PA 15370, where services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday with his son and best friend, Edward O. Evans, officiating. Burial will be in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township, Greene County, Pennsylvania.
Information is online at www.milliken-throckmortonfh.com.
Published on May 10, 2016