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.