Donald William Evans, 62, of Columbia, S.C., formerly of Erie, Pa., passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2013 in Columbia, S.C. He was born in Erie on April 19, 1951, son of Jeanette M. Evans Ross of Erie and the late William "Billy" Evans.
He was a graduate of East High School, where he was on the football and wrestling teams, and was an avid roller-skater. He worked in Erie for a short time before joining the U. S. Army
. He retired from the Army after 21 years of service, as a Master Sergeant. He then settled in South Carolina, where he was employed with CSX Corp. (transportation/railroad) until he retired. Donald enjoyed gardening and taking care of his home in his spare time. He loved his family and the family life. He was deeply loved by his family and friends and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Besides his father, he was preceded in death by grandparents, Emerson Booth, Sr. and Nettie R. Booth; uncles, Emerson "Babe" Booth, Jr., Harold D. Booth and Lionel D. Booth; aunts, Dorthalla Nickson and Zester Mae Booth; and a cousin, Carl Nickson.
In addition to his mother, he leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Roseanna "Penny" Evans; a daughter, Jodie Johnson (husband Michael); three brothers, Ronald D. Evans (his twin), Gerald S. Evans and Russell B. Ross; two sisters, Debra L. Gambill (husband William) and Lydie R. Thornton (husband Tony); two grandchildren, Makhi and Janiya Johnson; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, 4 to 7 p.m., at House of Law, 2926 Pine Avenue, and are invited to attend a service on Wednesday, 1 p.m., at St. James A.M.E. Church, 236 E. 11th St., conducted by Rev. Kerry Williams, Pastor. Interment in Lakeside Cemetery with full military honors.