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January 11, 2013

Gene Evans


The Ada News

Ada —  

Services for Gene Evans, 83, Ada, are 10 a.m. Saturday at  First United Methodist Church, the Rev. David L. Daniel officiating. Burial follows at Rosedale Cemetery.

Mr. Evans died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at his home. He was born Jan. 31, 1929, in Ada, to Harry and Mary Helen Wood Evans.

He attended Washington grade school and graduated from Ada High School. He also attended East Central University.

He married DaMarr Pierce on Sept. 11, 1955. She died Nov. 26, 2011. 

Mr. Evans was the former owner of Evans Hardware, one of Ada’s oldest businesses. He sold the business in 1981. Mr. Evans was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church. He was a former member of Jaycee’s, a bull rider and bronc rider. He served as the first president of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Ada and was a charter member. He and other members of the Kiwanis Club were instrumental in building the carousel and the train rides at Wintersmith Park. Mr. Evans served in the National Guard, and later served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Later, he was a commanding officer of the Army Reserve. 

Survivors include a daughter, Marianne Evans, Falls Church, Va.; a son and daughter-in-law, Harry Gene and Leslee Evans, Atlanta, Ga.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Phyllis and Bill Henry, Oklahoma City, and Betty and Dick Bayless, Fort Worth, Texas; and three grandchildren, Harrison, Sarah and Matthew Evans of Atlanta.

Bearers are Zane Bowman, Bob Cristelli, Billy Rice, James Treas, Trovall Pipkin and Mac McKee.

The family says those who wish may make memorials to the First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 566, Ada, OK 74821; or the Kiwanis Club of Greater Ada for Wintersmith Park improvements.

Obituaries may be viewed and online condolences sent to criswellfh.com.