Olen Smith Evans Sr.
1932 - 2020
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Olen Smith Evans, Sr., 87, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at The Hidenwood in Newport News. A native of Poquoson, Virginia, he was a 1950 graduate of Poquoson High School and completed his bachelor's degree at Randolph-Macon College prior to serving in the United States Army. He attended William and Mary College and completed his master's degree at Hampton University. Olen was a long-time teacher, coach, athletic director and principal at Poquoson High School until retirement in 1990. As athletic director, he introduced wrestling as a sport to expand the range of options for his athletes. He utilized his positions to serve as a mentor to positively influence the lives of others.

Olen was descended from long lines of commercial watermen whose roots extend deep into the history of Poquoson. His ancestry includes the Evans, Insley, West and Messick families. Interestingly, he was one of 64 first cousins. He greatly enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating with family and friends on the Chesapeake Bay.

Olen was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Elva Insley Evans. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Emily James Evans, children Olen Evans, Jr., and fiancé Sherry Collier, Teresa Evans Hux and husband David, grandchildren MeLaina Evans Ramos, Hunter Evans and wife Holle, Jake Evans, Stephanie Hux Wilk and husband Zygmunt and Melanie Hux and great-grandchildren Leilani, Lorenzo and Emma Jean. He is also survived by his brother Robert Carroll Evans, and wife Karen, and their children Roane Evans, Darlene Berryman and Monica Evans and their families.

In lieu of flowers, please consider expressions of sympathy in the form of contributions to the Olen Evans, Sr., Memorial Scholarship fund. Poquoson Education Foundation will receive the contributions which may be mailed to PO Box 2425, Poquoson, VA 23662 with an indication as to its' purpose. Cards may be sent to the Evans family at Teresa's home at 21 Dorothy Drive, Poquoson, VA 23662.

The Evans family would like to thank the Memory Care unit at The Hidenwood and Hospice Community Care for the love and comfort they provided to Olen during this time.

Claytor Rollins Funeral Home is assisting with funeral arrangements. Due to the current COVID-19 related circumstances, a private immediate-family funeral and burial will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church cemetery in Hampton. A Celebration of Olen's Life will be held at a later date when the circumstances permit. Information will be posted on ClaytorRollins.com where your favorite memories may be shared.

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Published in Daily Press on Mar. 22, 2020.
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April 4, 2020
May you find comfort, peace, and strength in your memories. With Deepest Sympathy, Elizabeth Dixon Holt
Elizabeth Dixon Holt
March 31, 2020
Mr Evans was a special person. A man who blended all the qualities that make someone stand out among his peers. Quiet but strong, tough but inspiring, unassuming but exceedingly intelligent. He influenced so many of the young men and women who knew him both as a teacher and later as a friend that collectively he will be remembered for as long as there are good people who walk the earth. He made us proud as Bull Islanders and encouraged all to keep driving forward and love the journey along the way. May his family and friends find peace knowing a good man has lived a full life and that his memory will remain in all of our hearts.
Russ Watkins
March 27, 2020
Our hearts go out to you and all those who knew and loved Olen. I began my teaching and coaching career in Poquoson. If I had any problems or questions, he was there to assist and advise me. He was a good role model for me. My wife, Christine, and I respected Olen. Please know that you have our deepest sympathy. May God grant you the strength and grace to carry on with your lives. Love to you, Duane & Christine Day
Duane Day
March 23, 2020
You Mr Olan will be missed by many and never forgotten. May God bless you and your family. RIP Mr Olan Evens.
Catherine Wendland
March 22, 2020
Wishing Godspeed & farewell to a peninsula icon, friend and competitor. Olen touched many, many lives.
Buddy DeRyder
March 20, 2020
Mr. Evans,
Was a coach who believed in me when I did not believe in myself. He coached me in football, basketball, and baseball. He cared about young men and women and was a role model for so many.
He influenced my career to become an educator and I have tried to influence the next generation as he did for me.
I know that his family will miss him and Heaven is a better place. The people of Poquoson have lost a true hero in my eyes.
Jerry Hogge 1964
Jerry Hogge
March 19, 2020
Olen was the sweetest man I have ever known. He loved people and espically children . He left a Legacy with his children and grandchildren to carry on.
He was a amazing father, husband and friend . He lead Football teams, students , and friends to better themselfs by examples. I will always remember the special days I spent with him and all my family growning up in Riverdale and later going to wrestling match, Football games, fishing, crabing and picking veggies in grandpas garden. We will all feel a great void in our hearts until we all meet again.
I now you will continue to watch over us from Heaven and give us all the strength to endure these tough times. Love you always
Your neice ,
Katherine Renn and Dave Pearson

You Brother in Law Friend - Wiliam Renn
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