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Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home

11801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL

OBITUARY

Walter Maurice Evans

May 6, 1958July 17, 2020
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Walter (Walt) M. Evans, 62, of Jacksonville, FL, passed away from complications of Liver Cancer July 17, 2020. He was born May 6, 1958 in Griffin, GA to Louise and Billy Evans. Walt was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 41 years Becky Evans, son Bradley Evans, grandchildren Brooke Evans and Wyatt Evans, brothers Darnell (Faye) Evans and Keith Tucker, many in-laws, extended family and friends. Waiting for him on the other side were his son Taylor Evans, mother Louise Bishop, father Billy Evans and brother Malcolm (Mack) Evans. Upon completion of high school Walt joined the U.S. Navy. He served his country for 21 years, retiring in 1997. Except for one four year enlistment spent in Key West, FL, his entire Navy career was spent in Jacksonville, FL between NAS Cecil Field and NAS Mayport. Upon his retirement from the US Navy Walt owned and operated Evans Brothers. Family was foremost in Walt’s life. He met his wife, Becky, in January 1978 and they were married June 1979. They spent 41 years loving and supporting each other through good times and trying times. Walt always said his two biggest accomplishments were his sons Bradley and Taylor. He had fond memories of teaching them to hunt, fish, carpentry and basic life skills. He loved seeing his boys with their children and found joy watching all of them together. He was their protector and biggest supporter. The other two joys of Walt’s life were his grandchildren Brooke and Wyatt. They both know they had him wrapped around their little finger. He loved to “help” them with their school projects and made more than a few late night trips to the store to get supplies for a last minute project. Whether he was allowing Brooke to paint his fingernails pink or hoisting Wyatt up on a deer lift, no matter how big or small, he loved making memories with his grandchildren and his face would light up when he heard them laugh. Walt was an avid outdoorsman. The highlight of each year was his annual hunting trip to Oklahoma. He was proud of the mounts he has but his biggest trophy was never put on a mount. It weighed in at 6900 lbs. and though there was no huge rack it did have a horn. For those who do not know the story; it was his truck. He also liked to gator hunt and fish. Woodworking and carpentry were other interests he enjoyed and he could do anything he put his mind to with the help of his blue straps. There is nothing Walt would not do to for family and friends. Who else would light themselves on fire to entertain their family? Whether it meant sleeping in a baby crib to comfort his crying child, going out in the St. Johns river at 2:00 AM in a canoe with a mag flashlight or shutting down lanes of San Jose Blvd. to rescue his sister-in-law; he could be counted on to be there. He loved big and knew the importance of life lived with the ones you love. All who knew and loved Walt will remember him for his lectures, which he usually enjoyed more than the kids listening to them, his many stories – some factual and others not so factual, the long cuts to wherever he was going, wedding anniversary dinners at Popeye’s, huge bear hugs, discussions/arguments on a variety of subjects – never admitting if he was wrong, his jokes that only he laughed at; but mostly for his huge heart and his silent but loud supportive love we all knew was there. “And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die” John 11:26 Visitation will be held Friday, July 31 at 5:00 at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 1, 11:30 at Old Plank Baptist Church 8964 Old Plank Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32220.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 31, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

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Walter Maurice Evans

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Cindy Grimes

July 31, 2020

I wish I had known my cousin Walter better; wish we had been close. His mom was my dad's cousin, but they were raised as brother & sister. I talked with Walter a few years ago. I appreciate Faye for helping keep me in touch. My prayers for all of you. I am happy that my dad and Louise are there with Jesus welcoming Walter home.

Debbie Bishop Granger

July 29, 2020

Walt called me one day and said I need you to do me a big favor....he wasn't old enough to drive at the time...i can't remember if it was around Mothers Day or Louises birthday. ...but he said I need you to take me to the jewelry store...Darnelland I bought Mother a Mothers ring and I need. to go pick it up.. I took them n they were so proud to give their present to their Mom.....Ill never forget that....

trish philbin

July 27, 2020

To the Evans family, I send my love and prayers over the loss of dear Walt. He is reunited once again with Taylor where they will watch over you for eternity. May the beautiful memories you shared together bring you peace in your moments of despair. My heart is forever with you as well as my strength. God bless all of you.

Troy Whitfield

July 27, 2020

Becky,
My deepest condolences to you and your family. You will continually be in my prayers.

Troy Whitfield

James Bailey

July 21, 2020

My condolences to the Evans Family my prayers are with you.

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