Obituaries » Donald Ray Evans
Donald Ray Evans, 72, of Huddleston, peacefully passed away at his home on Monday, December 5th, 2022. He was born on April 20, 1950 in Bedford County. Donnie was preceded in death by his parents, Warren Evans and Elna Witt Evans, and his son, Shane Evans.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Evans and his daughter, Susan Evans (Lonnis Mitchell, Jr.), of Huddleston. He was blessed with seven siblings, Frank Evans of Concord, Bobby Evans of Evington, Clifton Evans (Linda) of Lynchburg, Chuck Evans (Linda) of Forest, Nancy Hill (Barry) of Bedford, Dennis Evans (Donna) of Evington and Cindy Evans of Altavista. He was also the greatest Papa to his two granddaughters, Taylor Frost and Kaylee Frost, along with three grandsons, Lonnis Mitchell III (Haley), Christopher Mitchell and Logan Mitchell. He is greatly missed by his little buddy, his great-grandson, Lucas Frost. He also had one great-granddaughter, Acelyn Mitchell. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Donnie proudly served in the Marine Reserves for six years. He spent his career working at Belvac Production Machinery in Lynchburg from 1974 until he retired in 2012. Donnie had a love for all things outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cutting firewood, playing horseshoes with his family on the beach at Emerald Isle and working in his yard, of which he was very proud of.
Donnie was described by one of his brothers as the “Bull” of the family. He was tough as nails with a heart of gold. He was a leader, mentor, and friend. He was always full of strength and perseverance. He overcame every obstacle he ever faced. Donnie had a smile that could light up a room.
He will be greatly missed by his family and furbabies Nick, Grayson, Bailey and Sophie, who was his constant companion.
Visitation will be Friday, December 9th from 12:00 until 2:00 at Tharp Funeral Home, 320 North Bridge Street, Bedford. A celebration of life service will begin at 2:00. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to local animal shelters and humane societies.
The family would like to thank Centra Hospice and the awesome staff at Pearson Cancer Center.
Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford is assisting the family.
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