Mr. Ralph A. Evans, age 94, of Marion, passed away at his home on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 following a brief period of declining health. Ralph was born in Marion on July 3, 1924 to the late Grady Evans and Etta Carver Evans. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy at a young age and served faithfully on the USS Bainbridge during World War II. After his military service he returned to his hometown and took employment with Broyhill Furniture Company from which he ultimately retired. He took great enjoyment from working his vegetable garden. At the age of 62 he decided that he wanted to earn his private pilot’s license and, accomplishing that, he flew for many years out of Shiflet Field. Ralph was a faithful member of Zion Hill Baptist Church and he loved his church and his church family. His wife of 67 years, Ruth Ballew Evans, preceded him in death.
Ralph leaves behind a son, Robert Grady Evans and wife Ginny of Loris, SC; his former daughter-in-law, Christina Evans of Marion; a sister, Opal Gibson of Marion; three grandsons, Bobby Evans, Michael Evans, and Andrew Edwards; and four great-grandchildren, Madisen, Kyndal, Sage, and Haven.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Westmoreland Funeral Home in Marion with Dr. Tom Walker officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. He will be laid to rest beside his beloved Ruth at McDowell Memorial Park. The family wishes to express their deep appreciation for the kind and loving care provided Ralph during his final days by the wonderful staff at CarePartners Hospice McDowell. Flowers are appreciated, however, those wishing to make a memorial contribution in his memory are encouraged to consider Gideon’s International at PO Box 1788, Marion, NC 28752, or CarePartners Hospice McDowell at 575 Airport Road, Marion, NC 28752.
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