Donald R. Evans
Donald R. Evans, real estate appraiser, home inspector, builder, and singer. Don was a most talented man, self taught, well read, clever with words, always laughing. He was a mentor, Dad, friend, uncle, Papaw, and a pleasure to be around.
Here are some bits of information you may not have known about Don. At age nineteen he had his own radio show in Alexandria, and knew every song by a group "The Sons Of The Pioneers". While the group was on a tour through Louisiana, one of the members of the group became ill, and they were told of this talented youngster in town on the radio. A quick visit to the radio station told about Don. He sang in Alexandria for three concerts and was asked to join the group! He joined the Army
instead, and was routinely tested as all recruits, and was ask to go to officer's training school due to his IQ test score of 139.
After the service Don soon became interested and applied for a job as a drafter and home designer for a Monroe housing firm. Don interviewed for the job and was hired on a Friday, and spent the rest of the weekend in the public library and at home learning to draft home plans for the first time in his life.
A big change was about to occur in Don's life. During the early sixties Don was a superintendent on the renovation of the Morehouse Parish Courthouse. He caught the eye of Geri Givens Pyle a newly single mother of three girls, who worked in the sheriff's department. They were soon married and Don adopted the three girls aged 10 to 15.
Don was multitalented and excelled in all he did, maybe not the best money manager because of his great generosity to those he loved, but very accomplished in his many professions. He went on to sing professionally, was a home builder, a designer of hundreds of homes in Monroe, a real estate appraiser, and home inspector. Don and Gerri were active in several church congregations and worked tirelessly in the Passion Play that was once in West Monroe. Don traveled from church to church doing a monolog of one of the Apostle Paul's letters.
Don's greatest asset was his always calm demeanor, never raising his voice, endlessly patient, always laughing, and using his mastery of words to always craft a clever phrase. We will all miss Don. Don may never have been fully aware of his talents, accomplishments, or his enduring impact on our lives. He was greatly used by God to mould and magnify our lives. Don we will miss you. In the words of the Pioneers,
"Until we meet again".