John J. Evans Jr., 91, believed in hard work and the value of independence

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John J. Evans Jr.
John J. Evans Jr.

John J. Evans Jr., 91, was born Oct. 6, 1925, in South Hampton County to John J. Evans Sr. and Alberta Evans. He went to be with the Father Thursday, April 13, 2017.

He is survived by his former wife, Hattie Evans; sons, John J. Evans III and William Sylvester Taylor; daughters, Bonita Evans Gray and Alfreda Adams; loving sisters, Gloria (Dan) Bullock and Iris (Richard) Paige; 11 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and a whole host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He worked at Naval Supply Center for several years. He was energetic, loved to fish, garden, sell produce and tell hunting stories. He was known to narrate his own sound effects. He was also quite the hunter’s chef. Often times family members shared a tub with his latest victim, a deer. He loved the Lord and his family. One thing he often told his children was “Be a person of your word. If you say it, do it.”

He believed in hard work, being independent and paying your own way. He was very frugal with his funds and often told his children to use cash and not credit. He was at times called “cheap” and “stingy,” but the word “frugal” best suits him.

He had a limited education, but stressed the importance of a good education. He was an avid reader and would have a pile of Reader’s Digest books and newspapers in the living room. He encouraged his children to do “figures” (meaning math) and used a notebook each month to budget his income.

He will be deeply missed and his memories will be forever cherished.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Southside Chapel, 5792 Greenwich Road,
Virginia Beach.