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Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12Th Street, Fort Smith, AR

OBITUARY

John Leslie Evitts, III

March 16, 1959September 1, 2019

John Leslie Evitts, III, 60, passed away on Sunday, September 1, 2019. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on March 16, 1959, the son of Judge John Leslie Evitts, II and Gwendolynne Trout Webb.

Les attended Benton Public Schools and received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas where he was a Sigma Nu. After working in the oil business for a few years, he returned to the University where he received his Juris Doctorate degree. Les was a partner at Hardin, Jesson & Terry, PLC. Les was a member of both the Sebastian County Bar Association and the Arkansas Bar Association. He was also a past Board member at Hardscrabble Country Club and was the President of the Board for the Stonebridge Property Owners Association for 13 years.

Les was a devoted husband, a loving son, a wonderful father and grandfather, a loyal friend and an avid golfer enjoying several trips to Scotland with his golf buddies. Les loved to travel and made several trips to Europe with Janie.

Les is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Janie Thomson Evitts; his daughter, Laura and her husband Nate Jensen; and their sons, Parker and Hayes Jensen of Portland, OR. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Terri and her husband Greg Shanks of Kingwood, TX; as well as their two sons, Matt Shanks of Leander, TX and Brad Shanks of Carrollton, TX.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 6, 2019, at 2:00PM in the sanctuary at First United Methodist Church in Fort Smith. Private burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery. Services are entrusted to Edwards Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Clinic or to the charity of donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.edwardsfuneralhome.com

  • FAMILY

  • Janie Thomson Evitts, Wife of 29 years
  • Laura Jensen and her husband Nate, Daughter
  • Gwendolynne Trout Webb, Mother (deceased)
  • Judge John Leslie Evitts, II, Father (deceased)
  • Parker Jensen, Grandchild
  • Hayes Jensen, Grandchild
  • Terri Shanks and her husband Greg, Sister-in-law
  • Matt Shanks, Nephew
  • Brad Shanks, Nephew
  • DONATIONS

  • Good Samaritan Clinic

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Memorial Service Friday, September 6, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Private Burial

Memories

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Lisa Daumann

September 13, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear of Mr. Evitts passing. It makes my heart happy that I was able to assist with the travel plans to Europe that you enjoyed together. My prayers are with you.
Lisa Daumann

Hank Farrell

September 11, 2019

Janie,
so sorry to hear of Les's passing. Great guy and i will miss his humor. My prayers are with you at this time.

Kenny Jones

September 9, 2019

My heartfelt condolences goes out to Janie and the entire Family. May God be with you each of you and in the coming days and know his comfort and love. Les was a fine gentleman and a well respected person and excellent lawyer. Prayers and Hugs to to each member of the family.

Kenny Jones

Kenny Nalley

September 7, 2019

So sorry to hear of Les' passing. Our prayers are with you all.

Kenny

Shannon Hicks Howard

September 6, 2019

I just learned of your passing. Prayers for you Mrs. Janie. Tell Judge I said hello. Rest in Peace Mr. Les. Shannon

John and Audra Farrell

September 6, 2019

Thought and prayers for the Evitts family. We met Les and his wife at a Razorback football tailgate. I could tell right away that he was a huge hog fan. We would continue the football tailgate tradition for years. Through all our conversations I had no doubt Les loved his family, friends, and the hogs. R.I.P. buddy. Go Hogs. JD and Audra

mark hampton

September 5, 2019

Dear Evitts family,
I knew Les since j.r. High and high school. he was a close friend though all those years. We served together in national Honor society, and many other clubs. His sense of humor and dry witt set him apart from other class members; yet if you needed a friend in times of stress you could always count on Les. I lost touch with him years ago after we both had graduated law school. But I knew his reputation as an outstanding attorney in Fort Smith. I was shocked to hear of his sudden passing.
May the Lord keep and comfort you in this terrible time of loss.
Sincerely,
Mark Hampton

Rice Brewer

September 4, 2019

Janie, Laura, and Nate,

I was shocked to learn the terrible news. We all have lost a friend and champion.

Please know that you are in my prayers.

Phil Votaw

September 4, 2019

We are saddened to hear of the loss of Les. With deepest sympathies, Phil Votaw and staff.

Phil Votaw.

Danny Williams

September 4, 2019

Janie, so sorry and sad on Les' passing. Great guy and I'll miss seeing him at Fort Smith gatherings. Take good care.
dw

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

John Leslie Evitts, III, 60, passed away on Sunday, September 1, 2019. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on March 16, 1959, the son of Judge John Leslie Evitts, II and Gwendolynne Trout Webb.

Les attended Benton Public Schools and received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas where he was a Sigma Nu. After working in the oil business for a few years, he returned to the University where he received his Juris Doctorate degree. Les was a partner at Hardin, Jesson & Terry, PLC. Les was a member of both the Sebastian County Bar Association and the Arkansas Bar Association. He was also a past Board member at Hardscrabble Country Club and was the President of the Board for the Stonebridge Property Owners Association for 13 years.

Les was a devoted husband, a loving son, a wonderful father and grandfather, a loyal friend and an avid golfer enjoying several trips to Scotland with his golf buddies. Les loved to travel and made several trips to Europe with Janie.

Les is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Janie Thomson Evitts; his daughter, Laura and her husband Nate Jensen; and their sons, Parker and Hayes Jensen of Portland, OR. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Terri and her husband Greg Shanks of Kingwood, TX; as well as their two sons, Matt Shanks of Leander, TX and Brad Shanks of Carrollton, TX.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 6, 2019, at 2:00PM in the sanctuary at First United Methodist Church in Fort Smith. Private burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery. Services are entrusted to Edwards Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Clinic or to the charity of donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.edwardsfuneralhome.com