John W. Evans III

OCT. 24, 1926-AUG. 30, 2012

August 31, 2012
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John Wesley Evans III, of Front Royal, Va., died of a stroke, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, at the MCV Hospital in Richmond, Va.

Mr. Evans was born Oct. 24, 1926, in Baltimore, Md., son of the late John W. Evans Jr. and Hilda Hurst Evans. 

He was a graduate of Highland Park High School in Highland Park, N.J., and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He graduated from General Motors Institute in Flint, Mich., and worked at Hoffman Chevrolet & Cadillac in Hagerstown, Md., for 27 years. He moved to Front Royal and founded Jack Evans Chevrolet & Cadillac Inc. He served as first vice president of the Front Royal Chamber of Commerce in 1977, served on the board of trustees of Warren Memorial Hospital from 1978 to 1981, and served on the board of deacons of the Front Royal Presbyterian Church. He founded Courtesy Chrysler Plymouth Dodge Inc., in 1984.

Jack was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and had great affection for his employees, both past and present.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Yvonne Hedges Evans; a son, John W. Evans IV of Front Royal; a daughter, Patricia Evans Sellers of Chesapeake, Va., and her husband, Alben Sellers Jr.; a sister, Doris Evans Woodall of Solomons, Md., and her husband, Dick; five grandchildren, Ian Evans and Mia Evans and their mother; and A. J. Sellers III, Wesley Sellers and Katie Sellers. 

He was preceded in death by a grandson, John Wesley Evans V.

Funeral services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Front Royal Presbyterian Church, conducted by the Rev. C. Thomas Rhyne and the Rev. Rachel Crumley. Burial will follow in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Front Royal.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal.

Memorial contributions may be made to Westmoreland County Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 37, 65 Mount Holly Road, Mount Holly, VA 22524-0037; to the Thomas Palliative Care Unit, VCU Massey Cancer Center, P.O. Box 980214, Richmond, VA 23298 (please make checks to Thomas Palliative Care Fund); or to St. Luke's Community Clinic, 316 N. Royal Ave., Front Royal, VA 22630.

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