John Leonard Evans
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John Leonard Evans, 89, of Dora, “The Southern Gentleman” went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 5, 2013, after a brief illness at the VA Medical Center – Birmingham. He was born in Birmingham on Feb.24, 1924. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and the Sumiton Senior Citizen’s Group where he enjoyed the closeness and fellowship of the fellow members.

Evans was a loving son, husband, brother, and special uncle to many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine, whom he was married to almost 60 years; a brother, Thomas Vernon Evans; and three sisters, Ruth Smith, Annie Belle Glenn and Lottie Dove.

On March 16, 1943, he enlisted in the United States Army, served in the 567th Ordnance Heavy Maintenance Company, saw action in WWII European Theater (Battles: Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe) before his honorable discharge from active duty on December 16, 1945. The medals he received were the WWII Victory Medal, American Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars.

After the war, Evans had a long career as a painter and especially a professional wall paper hanger, which kept him in high demand.

He is survived by his caregiver and nephew, Lee (Nancy) Doss; sister, Christine Russell; special niece, Betty Wells; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends who held a special place in his heart.

Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. today, May 7, 2013, at Elmwood Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, May 7, 2013, at Elmwood Chapel with the Rev. John Foles and the Rev. Billy Evans officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be his nephews.

The family would like to send out a special thanks to the medical staff and nurses of the Safe Harbor section of VA Medical Center for their care, treatment, honor, and respect they gave to our loved one.

John Ridout’s Elmwood Chapel, Birmingham; 205-251-7227