OBITUARY

Larry E. Evans

November 23, 1943March 9, 2018
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Larry E. Evans, 74 of Fort Smith, passed away on March 9, 2018 following a brief and aggressive stage IV cancer diagnosis. He was born November 23, 1943 in Alva, Oklahoma to the late Lewis and Velma Morrison Evans.

He began his business career at L&L Machine Works with his father and served as instructor at the Votech Department of then Westark Community College. Later he worked for Warmack and Company and more recently served as Director of Operations of Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority. He was a member and Elder of Central Presbyterian Church. He also loved the fellowship he spent with his morning Kiwanis group.

Pastimes included anything outdoors, golfing, boating, hunting, fishing, gardening and barbequing with friends and family. Larry also enjoyed travel and being a recreational pilot in his earlier years.

Larry is survived by his wife of 41 years, Becky Naucke Evans of the home, his two children; daughter Ellen Selby and her husband Shane of Fort Smith, his son Preston Lewis Evans of San Antonio, Texas. He was known as “Doo-Dah” to his three grandchildren; Miles Andrew, Caroline Elizabeth, and Finley Cohen Selby. He is also survived by his only sibling, Debbie Evans of Pryor, Oklahoma, his father and mother-in-law Rod and Sally Naucke of Fort Smith, his brother and sister-in-laws; Rodney (Buz) Naucke of Fort Smith, Nancy Naucke of Atlanta, Georgia, Jane Corley of Little Rock, Fred Naucke and Monica of Fort Smith, Sally Naucke of Little Rock, and Jill Weindel and her husband Mike of Fort Smith. Larry is also survived by an Uncle Carl and Aunt Cissy Rose and his cousins; Tony and Fern Murry of Baxter Springs, Kansas, Linda Ziegler of Pryor, Oklahoma and nieces and nephews; Harris, Jackman, and Bliss Corley, Alexandra, Bennett, and Griffin Weindel.

Visitation will take place on Tuesday, March 13 from 5:30 to 7 PM at Fentress Mortuary.

Larry’s Celebration of Life service will be at Central Presbyterian Church on Wednesday March 14 at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Central Presbyterian Church at 2901 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901, the Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club at 4905 North 0 Street, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72904 or the Chaffee Crossing Historic Preservation Organization at 7020 Taylor Avenue, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72916.

  • FAMILY

  • Lewis Evans, Father
  • Velma Morrison Evans, Mother
  • Becky Naucke Evans, Wife of 41 years
  • Ellen Selby, Daughter
  • Shane Selby, Son-in-law
  • Preston Lewis Evans, Son
  • Miles Andrew Selby, Grandson
  • Caroline Elizabeth Selby, Granddaughter
  • Finley Cohen Selby, Grandson
  • Debbie Evans, Sister
  • Rod & Sally Naucke, In-laws
  • Rodney "Buz" Naucke, Brother-in-law
  • Nancy Naucke, Sister-in-law
  • Jane Corley, Sister-in-law
  • Fred & Monica Naucke, Brother-in-law & his wife
  • Sally Naucke, Sister-in-law
  • Jill & Mike Weindel, Sister-in-law & her husband
  • Carl & Cissy Rose, Uncle & his wife
  • Tony & Fern Murry, Cousin & his wife
  • Linda Ziegler, Cousin
  • Harris, Jackman, & Bliss Corley, Alexandra, Bennett, & Griffin Weindel, Nieces & Nephews
  • DONATIONS

  • Central Presbyterian Church
  • Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club
  • Chaffee Crossing Historic Preservation Organization

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, March 13, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, March 14, 2018
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Larry E. Evans

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Michael James

March 22, 2018

I worked at Fort Chaffee as an Army Reserve civilian and also in uniform. We had several buildings leased from the Land Reuse Authority so I got to see a visit with Larry a lot. We always liked when Larry came by to visit. He was always cheerful and interested in what we were doing. He was a good man. I am so sorry for your loss. God Bless

Irene Seubold

March 14, 2018

We are deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered. Our
condolences and may God give you all the comfort and peace that you seek.
God Bless.

Irene and Hank Seubold

Easy Barber

March 13, 2018

Becky, Ellen, and Preston ... we were sorry to learn of Larry's passing. We have many fond memories of the Boston St. neighborhood and the kiddos growing up there. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers ...
Easy and Debbie

John Bolton

March 11, 2018

'Always remember when Larry visited Phoenix for a convention back in 2001...and visited with Jo and I in Tempe. May Larry sit at the right hand side of The Lord.
My sincere condolences to Becky and her family.

With sympathy,
John Bolton
Sarasota, FL

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Biography

Larry E. Evans, 74 of Fort Smith, passed away on March 9, 2018 following a brief and aggressive stage IV cancer diagnosis. He was born November 23, 1943 in Alva, Oklahoma to the late Lewis and Velma Morrison Evans.

He began his business career at L&L Machine Works with his father and served as instructor at the Votech Department of then Westark Community College. Later he worked for Warmack and Company and more recently served as Director of Operations of Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority. He was a member and Elder of Central Presbyterian Church. He also loved the fellowship he spent with his morning Kiwanis group.

Pastimes included anything outdoors, golfing, boating, hunting, fishing, gardening and barbequing with friends and family. Larry also enjoyed travel and being a recreational pilot in his earlier years.

Larry is survived by his wife of 41 years, Becky Naucke Evans of the home, his two children; daughter Ellen Selby and her husband Shane of Fort Smith, his son Preston Lewis Evans of San Antonio, Texas. He was known as “Doo-Dah” to his three grandchildren; Miles Andrew, Caroline Elizabeth, and Finley Cohen Selby. He is also survived by his only sibling, Debbie Evans of Pryor, Oklahoma, his father and mother-in-law Rod and Sally Naucke of Fort Smith, his brother and sister-in-laws; Rodney (Buz) Naucke of Fort Smith, Nancy Naucke of Atlanta, Georgia, Jane Corley of Little Rock, Fred Naucke and Monica of Fort Smith, Sally Naucke of Little Rock, and Jill Weindel and her husband Mike of Fort Smith. Larry is also survived by an Uncle Carl and Aunt Cissy Rose and his cousins; Tony and Fern Murry of Baxter Springs, Kansas, Linda Ziegler of Pryor, Oklahoma and nieces and nephews; Harris, Jackman, and Bliss Corley, Alexandra, Bennett, and Griffin Weindel.

Visitation will take place on Tuesday, March 13 from 5:30 to 7 PM at Fentress Mortuary.

Larry’s Celebration of Life service will be at Central Presbyterian Church on Wednesday March 14 at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Central Presbyterian Church at 2901 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901, the Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club at 4905 North 0 Street, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72904 or the Chaffee Crossing Historic Preservation Organization at 7020 Taylor Avenue, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72916.