Belford Francis Evans, affectionately known as "Hank," 98, of Palatka passed away Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, following an extended illness.
A native of Anderson, Ind., he served in the U.S. Army during World War II before moving to Palatka in 1945. He worked as a machinist with Hudson Pulp & Paper from 1947 to 1974, then owned and operated B.F. Evans Fernery in Yelvington from 1972 to 2000. Hank was a member of San Mateo Presbyterian Church where he served as the oldest elder. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 45 and the FHP Auxiliary during the 1960s. He was also one of the founders and served on the board of directors of what became the GP Credit Union. Hank enjoyed fishing, golfing and working around in his yard, and playing the board game Aggravation.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Inaree "Blondie" Evans, his parents, Frances B. and Cleo McCrory Evans, son, John F. Evans and sisters, Barbara Clendin and Laura Nadline Beason.
He is survived by his son, Belford F. Evans Jr. and wife Robin, of East Palatka; grandchildren, Christopher B. Evans and Dorothy Inaree Jensen (Josh), great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Wyatt and Isabella Evans and Weston and Paisley Jensen, numerous nieces and nephews, including David Cain (Liza) and Tyrone Beason (fiance Barbara Berkert) and numerous grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka with the Rev. Chuck De Vane, officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home between 5-7 p.m. on Friday.
Flowers are gratefully accepted or memorial donations may be sent to the Lee Conlee House, P.O. Box 2558, Palatka, FL 32178.
Memories and condolences may be left for the family at www.JohnsonOverturfFunerals.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.