OBITUARY

James Leroy Evans

February 23, 1936March 27, 2018
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James Leroy Evans was born February 23, 1936 in Kaufman, Texas to Eber and Lottie Evans. He met and married the love of his life Barbara Phillips on May 22, 1956 and together they had two daughters. He was a loving, caring, hardworking man who enjoyed fishing, woodworking and playing golf but most of all enjoyed spending time with his family. He enjoyed singing whether he knew the words or not that didn’t stop him. As a carpenter he built many churches across Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado. He also built custom homes in the Amarillo area. He was a member of Southlawn Baptist Church for 19 years. He served as a Deacon at Southlawn Baptist Church, Friendship Baptist Church and at Lamont Baptist Church for 30+ years. He will be missed by all who were blessed to know him and be loved by him. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his name to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Cranio Care Bears or Southlawn Baptist Church 4306 South Washington Amarillo 79110.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Dean Evans, Jean Evans Henderson, Lloyd Evans, and Kenneth Evans.

He is survived by his wife Barbara, daughters Sherry Holcomb and husband Rick and Glenna Ervin and husband David. Brother Floyd Evans and wife Mary. Grandchildren Erica Marrs and husband Landen, Phil Holcomb and wife Kasie, Austin Ervin and wife BethAnn. Two great grandchildren Grayson Holcomb and Raylan Marrs.

  • FAMILY

  • Barbara Phillips Evans, Wife
  • Sherry Holcomb, Daughter
  • Rick Holcomb, Son-in-law
  • Glenna Ervin, Daughter
  • David Ervin, Son-in-law
  • Floyd Evans, Brother
  • Mary Evans, Sister-in-law
  • Erica Marrs, Granddaughter
  • Landen Marrs, Grandson-in-law
  • Phil Holcomb, Grandson
  • Kasie Holcomb, Granddaughter-in -law
  • Austin Ervin, Grandson
  • Beth Ann Ervin, Grandaughter-in-law
  • Grayson Holcomb, Great Grandchild
  • Raylan Marrs, Great Grandchild
  • James was preceded in death by his parents Eber and Lottie Evans and his siblings Dean Evans, Jean Evans Henderson, Loyd Evans and Kenneth Evans.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, March 30, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 31, 2018
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Wayne Johnson

March 30, 2018

Leroy was my cousin and every time he came to Brownfield, he would stop and see my mother, Ola Johnson. We always had time for dominoes and visiting at the Family Reunions. To the family, my thoughts and prayers will be with you during this time. It will be rough, but God's Love and family will get you through it. I found a picture of Billy Wayne, Ola and Leroy and wanted to share it with you.

Serena Wood

March 30, 2018

It was a sweet blessing in my life to have known Leroy! He was such a great man, and I’m saddened to hear of his passing. He always had a smile on his face and a welcoming spirit. He was also a little ornery and fun to play 42 with. He loved his family and spending time with his family. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his sweet family as they say goodbye for now to a man that loved them deeply.

Paul Blake

March 30, 2018

Leroy gave me my first job in construction in 1970 on the Baptist Church in Claude, Tx, I learned very quickly that he was a very hard working with an eye for detail on the jobs he oversaw, he expected everyone on the crew to work hard with quality craftsmanship. I learned mostly that he was a very good man and friend- he was a great steward of the talent the Lord gave him in construction and of interacting with people. I will miss his humor and the times we had together. God bless your family.

Laneta Six

March 30, 2018

Not sure how to put 30 plus years of friendship in one of two statements. Leroy was such a wonderful, caring, Christian man and I am heartbroken about his passing. I know that he is in heaven having the time of his eternal life worshiping and having fellowship with his loved ones whom he has joined and most of all seeing Jesus . What a glorious day that was. He will be sorely missed and I thank God that he, Barbara and his kids and grandkids are in our life. Love to all!

Glenna Ervin

March 30, 2018

I have many memories of my dad. I can't even begin to write them all down. I remember he was always very concerned that his hair looked good. Once just before he went in for surgery he asked me "how does my hair look?" I assured him it looked good. When he woke up from surgery we had the same conversation. I assured him again his hair looked good. Of course I always thought he was very handsome. Also he always had a song in his heart and he shared with whoever was around. I loved to hear him just randomly start singing. I will miss his voice. Like I said there are too many memories to share. My favorite childhood memory is he let me stand on his feet & he would walk me to the dinner table. Oh to be little again. I love you, Daddy and I will see you again.

David Ervin

March 30, 2018

Joy! That’s what I think of to describe Leroy he saw the good in everyone,when nobody else did. The JOY of Christ,family, & friends was part of his conversation daily .
David

Glenna Ervin

March 30, 2018

I have many memories of my dad. I can't even begin to write them all down. I remember he was always very concerned that his hair looked good. Once just before he went in for surgery he asked me "how does my hair look?" I assured him it looked good. When he woke up from surgery we had the same conversation. I assured him again his hair looked good. Of course I always thought he was very handsome. Also he always had a song in his heart and he shared with whoever was around. I loved to hear him just randomly start singing. I will miss his voice. Like I said there are too many memories to share. My favorite childhood memory is he let me stand on his feet & he would walk me to the dinner table. Oh to be little again. I love you, Daddy and I will see you again.

Austin Ervin

March 30, 2018

Part Two

My last conversation with him, we talked of Pilgrims Progress, a book he saw me read that he picked up as well. I take comfort in John Bunyan's description of what Pa is doing now.
"You must there receive the comfort of all your toil, and have joy for all your sorrow; you must reap what you have sown, even the fruit of all your Prayers and Tears, and sufferings for the King by the way. IN that place you must wear Crowns of God, and enjoy the perpetual sight and Visions of the Holy One, for there you shall see him as he is. There also you shall serve him continually with praise, with shoutings and thanksgiving, whom you desired to serve in the World, though with much difficulty, because of the infirmity of your flesh."

I take comfort that Pa:
Labored for the Master from the dawn till setting sun,
He talked of all his wondrous love and care
And when all of life is over, and our work on earth is done
And when the roll is called up yonder He is there.

Austin Ervin

March 30, 2018

Part One
Pa liked to tell stories. I remember he told me once that there were times he was not at school when the roll was called. He said either he was out with a buddy or working hard when times got tough for the family.

I learned many things from my Pa,
First, That Christ is to be the center. Whether it was family life, work or leisure time conversation of Christ was never far behind.
Second, I learned the value of hard work. Pa often said times were tough when he was young, but he learned when he was young to work hard by his father's example. I too, have been blessed with many hard working men as examples, Pa among the finest of them.
Third, I learned that family comes first. Pa brought so much joy to much of our family--by his laughter, singing and story telling. Being a carpenter, he knew the power of tools. One he often used was the tool of the tongue. He knew it's power and wielded it to build up his family.
Lastly, I learned to sing Praises to our King--loudly. And to find a wife who could correct my words, when I may have sung them wrong. Car rides with Mammy and Pa were always some form of entertainment. Pa would sing a chorus-- and mammy would correct his words. Again Pa would sing but no one ever knew if he'd sing the right words or not the second time.

BethAnn Ervin

March 30, 2018

I will forever be grateful for the legacy that Pa has left for our family. He always made me feel a part of the family even before I officially married into it. It’s hard to find the words right now, but I look forward to sharing the memories of Pa with my children someday, and for now, remembering his life and how much he blessed those around him. We rejoice knowing that he is singing all the right words in heaven today.

Thanks for sharing Missy with me whenever I was visiting, Pa. We will greatly miss you.

Biography

James Leroy Evans was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. James always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, James was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

      James was born on February 23, 1936 at home in Kaufman, Tx. His parents were James Eber and Lottie (McKee) Evans. James was raised in several places in Texas, partly in Alabama, mostly in Brownfield, Texas. Always able to express himself well, James possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, James was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, James was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. James was raised with 5. He had one older brother, Dean, one older sister, Jean, three younger brothers, Kenneth, Floyd and Loyd. James had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      As a young child, James showed his creative ability in many ways. He was outgoing and animated. James enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. In his spare time he liked playing with his brothers. James' memorable achievements included several ribbons in track meets.

      Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, James was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. His curious nature was spurred by his ability to maximize his personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. He was good with facts and had an excellent memory. He graduated from Brownfield Elementary, Meadow High. He didn't graduate because his father died at an early age. He quit school in ninth grade to help make a living for his Mother and three younger brothers. He received his GED later in life. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was Math. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Mr. Conlee.

      Friends and acquaintances found James an easy man to get to know, and those close to him would often praise his open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. James was uncomplicated and straightforward in his relationships, which allowed him to accept people for what they were. While growing up, some of his best friends were Billy Bagwell, Doyal Rockmore. Later in life, he became friends with Darrell Six, Joe Kirkland, Doug Wood.

      On May 22, 1956 James exchanged wedding vows with Barbara Ann Phillips at the Bride's parents home of Brownfield, Texas. James was attentive to Barbara's feelings, and he charmed Barbara and others with his gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, James was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

      Very much like a kid himself, James identified with the inquisitive and creative side of his children’s personalities. He was able to direct his energy and spontaneity towards helping his children acquire added common sense skills. James was blessed with 2, Sherry Holcomb, Glenna Ervin. They were also blessed with 3, Erica (Ervin) Marrs, Phil Holcomb, Austin Ervin.

      James was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around him. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, James’s strengths included being able to think on his feet. He could be a leader who sought impact for his decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, James was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. He was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. James could multi-task, and he was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing him to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in his work environment. His primary occupation was construction superintendent. He was employed for 65 years for various construction companies.

      James enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. He had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that he did. He put this creativity toward all of his pastimes. His favorite pursuits were woodworking and furniture refinishing. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Because he liked to take risks, James was a perfect match for athletics and exercise. He was enthusiastic and confident about these activities. In high school, James played basketball and track. Recreational sports included Golf. James was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football, especially Dallas Cowboys.

      James held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to him. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church for several years, also a member of Lamount Baptist Church and lastly a member of Southlawn Baptist Church. During that time, he was a Deacon at all three Churches. He also taught Junior High and Senior High Sunday School classes. At the time of his death, he was chairman of the Building Committee at Southlawn Baptist Church.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that James truly enjoyed. He preferred to seek out excitement wherever he went and he was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” He was willing to leave his plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included a trip to some of the southern states with his wife and two daughters and the many trips to Cuchara in the mountains of Colorado with his whole family when the grandchildren were young children.

      James was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of James’s favorites was Missy, a small rescue dog. They were best friends for about 6 years. His family was rounded out by his dachshund, Riley.

      When James’s retirement finally came in he partially retired in 2017, but was still working part time at the time of his death, at age 82, he was well prepared. He used logical analysis of his retirement options in order to ensure his retirement would be fulfilling. Still, he was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed. In retirement, he found new pleasure in refinishing an old dresser that belonged to his wife's grandmother.

      James passed away on March 27, 2018 at Baptist St. Anthony Hospital. Was going in for surgery because of an infection, but during the administration of anesthesia, his heart stopped. Hospital personnel were unable to revive him. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Barbara, two daughters, Sherry Holcomb and husband, Rick, Glenna Ervin and husband, David, three grandchildren, Erica Marrs and husband Landen, Phil Holcomb and wife, Kasie, Austin Ervin and wife, BethAnn, and two great grandchildren, Grayson Holcomb and Raylan Marrs. Services were held at Southlawn Baptist Church in Amarillo, Texas. James was laid to rest in Memorial Park Cemetery in Amarillo, Texas.

      James was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, he relied on his senses to increase his involvement and awareness of others. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If James had a theme song written about him, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember James Leroy Evans.