Hamilton Evans Jr.
Hamilton Evans, Jr. "Ham"

Age 55, of Wilmington, DE, went home to be with the Lord on February 24, 2011.

He graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School and attended the University of Delaware and Wilmington College where he received his Master's degree in Business Administration.

After spending several years at Sun Oil Company he became owner of his own business supply company and was currently employed at Alside Supply Co.

In his early teens his interest and talent in music became a focus in his life. As well as playing with local bands he was also involved in church music, remaining up to the present. He enjoyed Ocean City New Jersey with his family for many summer vacations.

Ham is survived by Elsie Evans; daughter, Dana Lynn; son, Hamilton, III and his wife Ashley and grandson, Nicholas (lovingly called "Little Punker"), mother, Leona Evans Brown; sister, Leona and her husband James Bonk and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Hamilton Evans, Sr.

Ham was very precious to his family and friends.

Friends may call on Tuesday, March 1, form 9:30-11 am at the MCCRERY & HARRA FUNERAL HOMES, 3710 Kirkwood Highway, Wilm., DE 19808 where a service will be held at 11 am. Burial will be in Gracelawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sunday Breakfast Mission, 110 N. Poplar St. Wilmington, DE 19801. To send condolences visit:


Published by The News Journal from Feb. 27 to Feb. 28, 2011.
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i was so sorry to hear about Ham. i didn't know him for long but considered him a good friend. his heart was always in the right place. he will be missed.
elizabeth butler
March 18, 2011
Sorry to hear the bad news. I knew Ham as part of Sound Spectrum, playing alongside him, Dave and my brother. He always knew how to spring a joke on us if we got too serious. Had a great time back in high school. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
Kurt Hansen
March 4, 2011
I would like to thank Ham publicly for his friendship, but especially for bringing my love of music to a new level. In high school, he invited me to play trumpet in his band, which started a 35+ year career of performing for others (and many of those years were spent writing, practicing, and performing next to Ham). What a gift he gave me. I will be eternally grateful. May God bless Ham and his family.
P.S. Ham, save me a spot in your next band.
Dave Collins
March 4, 2011
Elsie and Family: Our deepest sympathy to you. Ham was a wonderful person and loved his family dearly. May his memories help you through this difficult time.
David & Sandy Ament
March 3, 2011
Elsie, Dana and Hamilton,...So sorry to hear of your loss. I am praying that you all have peace at this hard time.
love, Leigh (Melson)Grohe
and husband, John....from Baltimore, ( Tina's friend)
March 2, 2011
To Dana, Hamilton, Elsie and Mrs. Brown, I was so sad to learn about your Hamilton's passing. He spoke lovingly to me about all of you and about Ashley and little Punker. He was a kind loving man. I will miss him terribly as well. My prayers are with you all.
Laura Beechwood
March 2, 2011
I was so saddened to hear about Ham this morning. I live out of state in PA and have not been in touch for 20 years with most of my New Beginnings bandmates, Ham, Danny, Dave, Ronnie, John and Jimmy but think of them often. Ham was instrumental to the success of the band with his musical and vocal talent. I send my prayers and heartfelt sympathy to Elsie and the kids. Rest in peace my friend, I know you will be be "taking care of business" in God's Kingdom.
William Anthos
March 2, 2011
I just learned about the tragic death of my good friend and band member Ham. I live out of state in PA and was unaware of the events of last week. I am so saddened by this news. I was in the New Beginnings Band with Ham, Danny, Ron, John and Dave. He was instumental in the success of the band with his musical and vocal talents. Even though I don't see my former band members, I miss them and I will miss you Ham. It has been well over 20 years since I have seen Ham and Elsie & kids. My prayers are with Ham's family but I know Ham is "taking care of business" in God's Kingdom. Rest in Peace my friend.
Bill Anthos
March 2, 2011
Praying for you all.....
Michelle Carr
March 2, 2011
Elsie and Family: We just heard the news last night. My parents, Ron and Joanne George are so upset that we all missed the services yesterday. Ham was a big part of our family. Playing with my father in the band "The New Beginnings." They made beautiful music together. As a young kid, I always admired your marriage. The love you all had for each other and your family was so grand. We are all so very sorry for your loss. I am sure in days to come you will hear from my parents. Please reach out during this time of need. You have many who loved Ham, and your family. Sending you hugs from the George/DeLia & Carr Family, Rob, Michelle, JoAnna-Faye, Hunter, Melinda, Brooke, Amanda, RJ, Rebecca, Hailey, Gianna-Rose, Ron and Joanne George.
Michelle Carr
March 2, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with Ham's family. He will be missed by his friends at MTp '73.
Patty R
March 2, 2011
I am so sorry to hear of Ham's passing. He and I were buddies in the truest sense of the word during the past several years. My deepest sympathy to his entire family. He spoke to me often about his grandson...he was so proud of him. I am sure that you will all miss him very much. Thoughts, prayers and hugs to all who loved him.
Debra Faith
March 1, 2011
To the family of Mr. Evans Jr., please accept my deep sympathy during this difficult time. Please be comforted that he is sleeping and in peace--he's not conscious of any sickness or suffering.
March 1, 2011
Deepest Sympathy ~
Wade Carey
March 1, 2011
Ham was a dear, sweet man and I had the privilege of singing with him in the band at Hockessin Methodist church. I know he is jamming with the angels, and pray that your family finds peace in this terrible loss.
Sandy Hitchens
March 1, 2011
I enjoyed knowing Ham very much. Always a laugh and smile, a warm friend. I hope that his family takes some comfort knowing that Ham was a bright spot in many days for many people.
Barb Greene
February 28, 2011
I'm so sorry to hear of Hamm's passing. I first got to know Hamm when I was coaching his son in wrestling at McKean High School. He was a devoted father that was always thier for his sons matchs with great support and pride. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Will Bullen
February 28, 2011
We will all miss Hamm so much. His good nature and his talent were gifts he was always sharing. Our prayers are with your family.
Sara Thompson
February 28, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with the Evans family at this difficult time. Ham was a great man and a great musician. I got to know Ham when my brother in law Ron played in his band. Ham you will be greatly missed! RIP!!!!!!!!!!
Connie Combs (Chalfont, PA)
February 28, 2011
Although I didn't know Hamilton, I do know the pain and sorrow death brings to families. And from the many visitors on his guestbook, I can tell he was a remarkable person who will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Although your deep pain will not easily disappear, please pray to "the Father of tender mercies and God of all comfort" and ask Him to bring a measure of comfort to you and your family as you grieve. The Bible assures us God is healing the broken hearted ones and is binding up their painful spot. I have personally found this to be so true. With sincere sympathy,
Mrs. Montgomery
February 28, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in their time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Helen & Joe Havens
February 28, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. I was blessed to get to know Hamm at Chester Bethel. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Kim Ryan
February 28, 2011
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Faith Smith
February 28, 2011
To the Evans Family -
I am deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.
Jennifer Mitchell (formerly of Mitchell Estates)
February 28, 2011
I went to grad school with Ham. He was a team player and a wonderful man. I have often wanted to catch up with him. This breaks my heart. Please know you are all in my prayers and I know Ham is safely in heaven with our Lord.
Theresa Hughes
February 28, 2011
My family and I wish to extend our sincerest condolences to Ham's family and friends during this time of loss and sorrow.

I was privileged to know Ham for 40 years. I first met him in 1971 when he and my brother David, both Mount Pleasant alums, started playing music together as members of The Sound Spectrum. Over the years, David and I played together with Ham in a number of different groups, and we will greatly miss him both as a friend and a talented fellow musician.

Rest in peace.
Dan Collins
February 28, 2011
Elsie, I will keep you and your family in my prayers while you are going through this time of grief.....I will pray that you are surrounded by love and support and that the strength you need will be provided to you. God is always good and he will see you through, as always..
love, Jean
February 28, 2011
I knew Ham through playing in a band with him a long time ago. A great guitar player. He was also in our wedding as an usher and a very good friend. One time him and I spent a weekend down at the beach and went for a long run in our bare feet on the beach. We woke up the next day with shin splints and could barely walk.
We are sorry for your loss.
Our prayers and thoughts go out to all the families and that God will watch over you.
Dale & Patti Hansen
February 28, 2011
I knew Ham for many years. He had a big heart. I will always remember his smile and he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
Ham, may you find eternal peace. Goodbye my friend.
Denise Dancy
February 27, 2011
My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Evans Family. Dana and I were the best of friends in high school, and I was always over their house, and Mr. Evans was always the father I didn't have. He was always so nice and caring when I would go over. I remember having dinner over lots of nights, and he would always make jokes about something I said or did. I loved going to see him and the band play at hunters den, and just having a blast! He will be missed deeply, and never forgotten.
Dara R. Cotler ( Newark, DE)
Dara Cotler
February 27, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. It is very difficult to bear the loss of a loved one. May the God of tender mercies who strengthens us in our trials and hardships sustain you at this most difficult time--2 Cor. 1:3, 4. C.Day
February 27, 2011
Daniel Hendry
February 27, 2011
I only knew Ham for a short time while playing together in the Hockessin Church band. He was a very talented musician with a quick wit, infectious laugh and smile. He will be sorely missed. So sorry for your loss.
Rod Hoffman
February 27, 2011
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will be thinking and praying for you and your family.
Kara Welcher
February 27, 2011
This is such a shock. We are so sadden by this and want to express our love and support to the family. We pray God's comforting presence for you in this great loss. Love, Joretta & Elray
February 27, 2011
Someone loss a son--someone loss a dad-someone loss a friend--and a lot folks are sad.
Someone will be missed by family and all his friends. But his life here is over and his moved to a better place. His singing with the angels now to God's "Amazing Grace."
Leigh Hobbs
February 27, 2011
It is with a sorrow in our heart that has brought us here,
And a thankful heart to know in his life we shared.
The memories, the love, the joy he shared:
To his mother, he'll always be her son.
her memories of his childhood she will hold dear.
To his sister, their childhood memories- he'll always be her best friend.
To his children, he'll always be dad and they'll always cherish the memories they have of him.
To his grandchild who'll not understand-why he had to miss out on getting to know this wonderful man.
To the love of his life-your memories of him will be cherished.
To the rest of the family, his laughter, his joy of music, his personality, his presents we'll miss.
It is with deep regret we'll not be able to be there. Please,know our love and prayers are with all of you as the days move on. We love you and God Bless.
Jim & Leigh Hobbs
February 27, 2011
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our hearts and prayers go out to you in your time of sorrow. Love Kathy and Tim
kathy quinn
February 27, 2011
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