Received word this
morning that my Uncle Marvin Evans had passed away in Texas. Marvin
was a 1936 CHS graduate. He is survived by many family members including
brother Ralph Evans (Oologah) and Bob Evans (Colorado). He was preceeded
in death by twin brother Melvin Evans and sister Betty Wright. He was
almost 93 years old.
10/23/1918 - 10/21/2011
Private family graveside services for Chief M. K. Evans, 92, of Kilgore will be 1 pm, Wednesday, October 26, 2011, at Gulf Prairie Cemetery in Jones Creek, Texas with Rev. Tom Wessmann officiating. A memorial service will follow at 3:00 pm at the Gulf Prairie Presbyterian Church. Mr. Evans passed away at 11:34 pm on Thursday, October 20, 2011, at Gregg Home in Kilgore, just three days before his 93rd birthday.
Marvin was born just 5 minutes before his twin brother, Melvin, on October 23, 1918 in Collinsville, Oklahoma to the late Frank A. and Maybelle Keith Evans. Growing up during the Great Depression, he worked from the time he was 8 years old, first delivering papers for a penny a paper; then at age 10 delivering milk for his uncles dairy. He gave every penny he made to his mother. He was always kind and generous. He worked to put his twin brother through college and paid for his older sisters business college.
At Collinsville High School, he played basketball and football. When he was not busy working, he fished with his father and brothers. In 1942, he joined the United States Army Air Corps. While in the service, he was an aircraft mechanic and worked on and loved AT-6 Texan Trainers, as well as B17s. He was stationed in Burbank, California, Alamogordo, New Mexico, and Ellington Field in Houston, Texas. It was at Ellington Field, where he met Iva Lee Evans on a blind date. They were married 6 weeks later in the Ellington Field Chapel.
Marvins first choice for an occupation was to be a comedian like Will Rogers. After the war, they traveled throughout the United States working on construction jobs. In 1950, Marvin moved his family to Freeport, Texas and took a job as a pipefitter at Dow Chemical in Freeport, Texas. Later, they settled in Lake Jackson with their 2 children, Marvilyn and Tommy. After bringing 2 more daughters into the family, Susie and Mary Beth, they built a house in Jones Creek and moved into that new spacious house in 1958.
Three years later, Hurricane Carla hit the area and the new house sustained 3 feet of salt water. Marvin not only worked tirelessly on his house, but that of his mother-in-law and several other people who were hit hard by the storm. Once again, he showed his kindness to others.
After 25 years at Dow, he retired in 1975 and went to Alaska to work on the Alaskan Pipeline with his three brothers. Later, he bought and operated the MistR Sea Car Wash and Little Shoppe in Jones Creek with his wife, Iva Lee. He loved to count those quarters.
Marvin was an active member of the Gulf Prairie Presbyterian Church, where he served an Elder. He was later named Elder Emeritus. He discovered his natural talent as an artist and painted many beautiful landscapes.
Survivors include his three daughters and sons-in-law, Marvilyn Lee Evans Heffner and husband John of Liberty City, Texas; Susan Elaine Evans Wailes and husband Howard of Jones Creek, Texas; Marybeth Evans Parker and husband Ken of Granbury, Texas; a son, Thomas Michael Evans of Austin, Texas; Eleven grandchildren, Delaine Schonhoff and husband Chris of Little Elm. Texas, Jason Heffner and wife Danette of Kilgore, Texas, William Heffner and wife Julie of Kilgore, Texas, Mason Evans and wife Elizabeth of Austin, Texas, Anna Rose Evans and Sara Beth Evans of Austin, Texas, Keith Wailes and wife Jenni of Rosenburg, Texas, Joshua Wailes and Jen Fogle of Sugarland, Texas, Blake Parker and wife Leska of Longview, Texas, Trent Parker and wife Allison of Temple, Texas, and Megan Richard and husband Jason of Mojave, California; 18 great grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Lee Evans and wife Marie of Palisade, Colorado, and Ralph Joe Evans his wife Pearlene of Oolagah, Oklahoma; and many adoring nieces and nephews.
Mr. Evans was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Iva Lee Hammonds Evans on June 12, 1995, his twin brother Melvin Felix Evans and his sister Betty Evans Wright.
His kindness to others was unassuming and unknown to many. His surprising and fun sense of humor was legendary and he once said, I think my mission in life is to make people laugh. He did that until the day he left this life. May the Lord bless him.
|Rader Funeral Home
401 N. Martin
Kilgore, TX 75662