A native of West Virginia, he had resided in Harlan most of his life. He was a retired custodian for the Harlan County Health Department and a member of both the D.A.V. and the V.F.W. He was also a veteran of the United States Army and believed in the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil Evans and Geraldine Daniels Evans; one son, Ralph Evans; one daughter, Barbara Evans; and two sisters: Mattie Kyle Evans and Viola Tollie Evans.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Mazyek Evans, Harlan; one son, Robert Earl Evans, San Diego, Calif.; three step-children: Mary Helen Carter, San Diego, Calif.; Keith McDowell, Orange County, Calif.; and Kenneth McDowell, Long Beach, Calif.; one brother, Charles Evans, Lexington; 13 grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation is Friday from 11 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at the Harlan Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be conducted Friday at 1 p.m. at Resthaven Cemetery with Elder Donald Renfro officiating.
Military rites will be performed by the Harlan County Honor Guard.
The Honor Guard will also serve as pallbearers.
Harlan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.