Virgil Dee Evans passed from his earthly life into life everlasting on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. He was welcomed by his adoring wife Mary Evelyn and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Virgil was born September 9, 1920 to parents Lela Mae Sims Evans and Lawrence Evans of Pike, Texas. The family later relocated to Anna, Texas area. It was in Anna where Virgil established his home. He was a graduate of Anna High School.|
After graduation he answered his country's call, joining the Army to serve in WWII. He earned the rank of staff sergeant and was a commander in the 746th tank division. He was the recipient of numerous commendations including, EAME Campaign Medal, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Good Conduct and others. He served in the Campaigns of Central Europe, Ardennes Rhineland Normandy and Northern France.
Upon returning home from the war he met and married Mary Evelyn Harris. She preceded him in death on May 13, 2013 after 67 years of marriage. Together they parented their four children: Roy Dean, Mary C., Linda Dee and Timmy Lee.
His first love was working the land and farming, which he enjoyed until the early 1960's. He then worked as a certified welder and finally as a finish carpenter. He finally retired his hammer in the early 1990's. Dad truly never retired and was active until his death. Praise God!
He was an active member at Calvary Baptist, serving faithfully as a deacon. Much of his life was spent serving his church and Lord with dedication and love. He was a true example of THE GREATEST GENERATION and will be sorely missed. He is survived by his son Roy D. Evans of Royce City, daughters Mary C. Rollins and Linda D. Brown of Anna., seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by wife Mary E. Harris Evans, son Timmy Lee Evans and grandson Brad A. Evans; mother Lela Mae Sims Evans, father Lawrence Evans, brother Von Ray Evans, sisters Anna Margaret Wilder, Theda Briggs and Ophelia Graves.
Funeral Services will be 3 p.m. Saturday at the Calvary Baptist Church in Anna with Dr. Raymond Horton officiating. Burial will follow at the Highland Cemetery with full military honors.
You may sign the online guest book at www.scogginsfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Herald Democrat from May 25 to May 26, 2014