1932-2007 - (Teacher at Chumuckla 1972-84 - Submitted by Doug Davis)
Gene Evans passed away February 28, 2007 in the presence of family and dear friends.
He is preceded by his wonderful wife, of nearly 48 years, Mary Alice and survived by his devoted daughter Rebecca (Becky) of Pensacola and her life-partner Joy Reuter, and sons Michael of Pensacola and Gene Jr. of Carrabelle, FL. He has 5 grandchildren: Daniel, Brian, Felicia, Nicholas, and Kaylee.
Gene's life began in Easton, PA. The son of Ormond and Marie Evans he has one surviving sibling, Timothy Evans in Ohio.
Gene's first career was with the US Navy. Gene retired as a Lt. Commander in 1971. After receiving his wings in 1956, he specialized in multi-engine land based patrol bombers and also served on the USS Randolph. He also served as a Flight Instructor at Pensacola Naval Station and Whiting Field, Florida.
One of the highlights of his career was his time stationed with his family in Naples, Italy. Upon retirement from the Navy, Gene attended the University of West Florida, receiving both a Masters of Education and a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree. Using these degrees he spent the next 18 years as an educator at Chumuckla High School and Pensacola High School and the Escambia County School system.
A devoted family man, Gene enjoyed many hours of boating, fishing and camping with his wife and children.
During his lifetime, he was very active in various clubs and organizations.
As a young man he was the Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 32. He belonged to the First Presbyterian Church.
He was a member of the Association of Naval Aviators and the Order of Daedalians.
He was socially active with Krewe of Lafitte, Karnival Kavaliers, Fiesta Frolickers and the Pensacola Waterfront Improvement Society.
In his retirement he was an avid golfer and a member of Scenic Hills Country Club. He also enjoyed frequent trips to Helen, Georgia with his wife and friends.
Gene was a family man who raised his family with love and values and was a true friend to many. He lived a full, rich life and leaves many precious memories of his life.
Gene will be genuinely missed for a long time to come by those who knew and loved him.
Visitation will be on 5:00-7:00pm, Friday March 2, 2007 at Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel.
Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am, Saturday, March 3, 2007 at the Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel with Rev. Frank Beall officiating. The family will also accept friends one hour prior to the service 9:00-10:00am on Saturday. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be John Bracken, John Gaffney, Frank Pilcher, Howard Pilcher, Connie Seymour, and Hubert Williford. Honorary pallbearer is Arthur T. McGill.
Family and friends would like to thank Covenant Hospice for their loving support during Gene's passage from this life.
HARPER-MORRIS MEMORIAL CHAPEL is in charge of arrangements.
Published in the Pensacola News Journal from 3/2/2007 - 3/3/2007.
He tought me in 9TH and 10TH grade. I Think he was there from 1972- 1984 Doug.