Paul Eugene Evans, 82, a loving and caring husband, father and grandaddy, left this earth on Dec. 10 with complications due to pneumonia. He was born at the family home in Sherman, Texas, on Feb. 5, 1925, to the late John C. And Ruth Salyer Evans and entered this world as part of a large family. Early in his life, Paul learned what it meant to make-do, especially as a youngster growing up in the Depression.
He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Nell Dean (Carnes) Evans; and their daughter Paula and her husband Michael Miller of Georgetown and his grandchildren, Grant and Deanna Miller. He is also survived by two brothers, John Evans and wife Betty of Lindale, Texas, Bobby Evans and wife Helena of Garland, Texas; and one sister, Georgie and husband Howard Hartman of Henderson, Texas. Also left to cherish his memory are his wife’s sister and husband, Joyce and Gene Reagan of Austin, Texas, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
After graduating from Sherman High School, Paul enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served his country from 1943-1946. He was in the South Pacific during World War II, aboard the USS Marcus Island and later the carrier USS Wasp. Paul often gave his family detailed descriptions of battles fought, the men who were his shipmates and their antics — even the food they all ate aboard ship.
In 1946 Paul began his career with the Texas Power & Light Co. in Dallas, Texas. After serving many different regions during his 40 years of service with TP&L, he retired in April of 1987. After his retirement Paul and Nell Dean moved to Brownwood where he logged many hours as an avid garage “sailor.” He liked eating breakfast at the Red Wagon, but especially liked going with his best buddy “Stub” Stubblefield. Paul enjoyed living in Denison, Texas, and his wife’s hometown of Brownwood during the majority of his lifetime. However, in 2005 he and Nell Dean moved to Georgetown, Texas, to be closer to their daughter and her family.
The hours spent with his grandchildren were precious to him. As a collector of many things, he left Grant and Deanna many mementos filled with good memories that will help keep him forever in their hearts.
Visitation will be at Davis-Morris Funeral Home from 1 until 1:45 p.m. Thursday Dec. 13, 2007, followed by a graveside funeral service at 2 p.m. in Greenleaf Cemetery. Condolences can be left for the family at www.mem.com.