R. Wayne Evans
Striffler-Hamby Mortuary
4071 Macon Road
Columbus, GA
R. Wayne
August 20, 1942-
November 30, 2011
Columbus, Georgia- Richard Wayne Evans passed away Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 at Columbus Hospice House in Columbus, Georgia after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, December 4th, 2011 at 3:00 P.M. at Wynnbrook Baptist Church located at 500 River Knoll Way, Columbus, Georgia 31904. Wayne will be at the Church at 1:30 P.M. on Sunday for you to see him and to say goodbye. The family will receive friends at a reception following the services at Wynnbrook. Graveside services will be on Monday, December 5th, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. located at Parkhill Cemetery located at 4161 Macon Road, Columbus, Georgia 31907. According to Striffler - Hamby Mortuary, 4071 Macon Road, Columbus.
Wayne was born on August 20th, 1942 to parents John Robert Evans and Ruby Lucille Evans. He is survived by his loving wife Anne Blair Evans, his four children - Lisa Dekle (William), Angie Hardy (Chris), Lee Hatcher (Kathy), Patti Kennedy (Stephen Blythe), his eight grand children, James Archer, Evans Archer, Roxanne Dekle, Jennifer Carter, Jessica Hardy, Clay Hardy, Ryan Kennedy, Sarah Kathryn Hatcher, great grandchildren Caiden Archer, Zackary Carter and Braelyn Hardy, his brother James A. Evans (Lillian), Sister Barbara Pawelski (Ray), Sister-In-Law Pat Evans, Nephews Gil Dyer, Keith, Kyle & Greg Evans, Mike & Steve Pawelski and Robert Evans. Nieces Jill Dodelin, Robin Merkel, Sandra O'Shields, Patty Gaddis, Jennifer Kitts, Lyn Park, Rhonda Thomas and Marsha Evans. His extended family, Mother-In-Law Marilyn Blair who he called "Granny", Sisters-In-Law and Brothers-In-Law Kathryn & Melvin Morrison and Sue & Johnny Huneycutt. Preceded in death, were his parents and siblings John Robert Evans Jr., Evelyn Evans Patterson, E.W. Evans, Edward Evans and Christine Evans Dyer.
Wayne was a devout Christian and a member of Wynnbrook Baptist Church. His adult life was devoted to his family, the auction business and to charity. Wayne served on the Board of Directors of the National Auctioneers Association, he was President, Vice President, and Secretary Treasurer of The Georgia Auctioneers Association. He was voted "Bid Caller Champion" of Georgia and received his highest honor when he was the first living Auctioneer to be inducted into the Georgia Auctioneers Hall of Fame. He attended Jordan High School, Missouri Auction School and received his Certified Auctioneers Institute designation from the University of Indiana.
For many years, Wayne Evans Auction Company has been recognized as one of the leading auction companies in the southeast. Wayne held various auctions for the City of Columbus for many years.
Wayne gladly donated his auctioneer talents to endless fundraising and charity events such as "Feed The Hungry", The Heart Association, Ducks Unlimited, Riflemen's Association, The Columbus Cottonmouths jersey auctions and many school fundraisers.
Wayne was the most loving, kind and generous of men. He always reached out to help family, friends and anyone in need. He will be forever missed by those whose lives he touched.

Published by Columbus Ledger-Enquirer from Dec. 2 to Dec. 4, 2011.
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Just heard about Wayne today. I was shocked to hear the news, he was a great auctioneer and a really nice person, we'll miss seeing him here in NC.
B. Bowling Southern Motors
December 21, 2011
Thanks for all the wonderful sweet words about my Daddy. He was loved by so many people. We loved him dearly and Angie & I will miss him dearly. RIP Daddy you will live forever in our hearts.
Lisa Dekle
December 9, 2011
Anne & Family
I worked with Wayne over the past 12 years and always held him in high regards. I will miss his personal friendship. May he rest in peace.
Alan Fairfield
December 5, 2011
Wayne was a friend & classmate since grammar school, may god bring you comfort during your time of loss.
Patricia Hughes Thomas
December 5, 2011
Mrs. Anne,
I am so thankful to have been given the chance to know Mr. Wayne for the past 7 years. You both have been such a blessing to me and I will miss him dearly. He always made me smile when he called or when he came into the office. May God give you peace and understanding and comfort each and every day. I am always a phone call away if you need me for anything. You know how to reach me. I love you and will miss Mr. Wayne greatly.
Kim Serda
December 4, 2011
Wayne, we will miss you much, especially on Sunday mornings. You welcome us into the Wynnbrook baptist church family with a quick smile and a big hug. We know when we see you next, you will welcome us again in the same wonderful way! We will keep you always in our thoughts, and Anne in our prayers Jerry and Maribeth Patrone.
December 4, 2011
We have known Wayne for over 40 years. He was a fine man and will be missed by many. Rest in peace.

Ronnie & Carolyn Caldwell
December 4, 2011
Wayne was a fine man and a gentleman to all. He was always ready to offer a helping hand. I'm sure he will be missed by many.
Ed Bell
December 4, 2011
Dear Anne,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. We had such high regard for Wayne and we will miss him so much. Unfortunately we will not make it to the services.

Robert & Pat
Robert & Pat Millican
December 3, 2011
The Georgia Auctioneers Association sends our deepest sympathies to the Evans Family. Wayne was a good man and fine auctioneer. He will be greatly missed by all the members of the Georgia Auctioneers Association where his memory will continue to live on as a treasured GAA Hall of Fame member.

~Georgia Auctioneers Association Board of Directors and Members
December 3, 2011
Wayne was a wonderful man and great friend. I thank you for allowing me to visit Wayne while he was sick. You have an incredible family. You all are in my prayers. God bless you all.
Jim Price
December 3, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Ron & Sharon Scott
December 3, 2011
My prayers and condolences to The Evans Family. He was a wonderful man.
Amanda Cramer
December 2, 2011
Mr E will be missed very much he did alot for me when i was younger and now he was a good man.
Dana Wright
December 2, 2011
Wayne you was always a good friend to my family and me, we will miss you as a close friend and we will miss you as the best auctioneer our city ever had, I was always amased at your talent behind the microphone. God Bless You Wayne.
RIP my friend.
Mark Cantrell
December 2, 2011
Anne and Family,

I am so saddened by the news of Wayne's death. I had no idea that he had been ill. He was such a wonderful man. You will be in our prayers
Sandra Dykes
December 2, 2011
Lisa & Angie - I am so sorry to hear about your Daddy. I pray that you and your families find comfort during this time. Rhonda, Kelsey & Lauren Evans
Rhonda Evans
December 2, 2011
Our thoughts & prayers go out to the family.
Kristy & Jason Haught (Clifton)
December 2, 2011
December 2, 2011
December 2, 2011
Anne and family our thoughts and prayers are with you. "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." Ecc. 3:1

We will always remember Wayne as a giving, honest, kind and thoughtful person; most importantly he was truly a humble servant of God giving to and caring for his fellow man.

Saint Augstine wrote "It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels."

Karen, Jack & family
Jack and Karen King
December 2, 2011
Our hearts go out to the entire family in deepest sympathy. We admired and respected Wayne and are grateful to have known him. Anne, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Tommy and Kim Burnette
December 2, 2011
Memory is a special place in our hearts where we can find comfort in the treasured thoughts of those we hold dear. Anne & family, I am so sorry for your loss. May it be a source of inner strength to know that there's a loving God watching over you and that throughout this time of need he'll stay close by your side.
Bonna Sneed
December 2, 2011
Wayne seemed to be everywhere, always with that same smile. Years ago I ran into him in Boaz, Alabama and 2 weeks latter in Atlanta. A good friend. I will keep his family in my prayers.
Norwood Pearce
December 2, 2011
may god bring you comfort during your time of loss.
Eric Causey
December 2, 2011
Wayne was a good friend and a good man that everyone respected and liked. You never die as long as someone remembers you so Wayne will never die in our hearts and mind.
Judge Bobby Peters
December 2, 2011
Dearest Angie - Matt and I are so sorry. You are the most loving of daughters - I know your Daddy was very proud of you! Much love to you and all of your family...
Laura & Matt Walker
December 2, 2011
We will miss you Wayne! Our dear friend always! Ralph Austin and Shay Austin and family
Ralph Austin
December 2, 2011
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
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Carol, Spencer, & Spencer Jr. Cantrell
December 1, 2011
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