Charles Robert Evans, 88, of Cowden died at home at 2:15 p.m. Sunday (November 23, 2014) surrounded by his family after a long battle with cancer.
Arrangements are by Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Cowden. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 26 with Rev. Mark Sanders officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery in Cowden with military rites by the Shelby County Honor Guard. The family requests casual attire.
Charles was born September 21, 1926 in Cowden, the son of Charles Curtis and Verna (Harris) Evans.
He graduated from Cowden Schools in 1944 and attempted to join the Army during WW II but was turned down due to him having a hernia. He later serves as a Staff SGT in the US Army during the Korean Conflict from 1950 to 1952. He served with the Seabees by building military bases, bulldozing and paving roads and airstrips. After the war he returned home to his family and the life of being a farmer. He also worked as a heavy equipment operator out of Local # 965 and retired after 45 years. He and his wife Shirley enjoyed talking on the CB radio and belonged to the All Nighter’s Club at Herrick. They enjoyed going to CB jamborees and won several awards for their participation and wearing their striking black and white outfits. They were known as Country Charlie and the Blonde Bomber. They were also well known for their famous “Elephant Ears”. After their kids were grown they traveled to all the local summer fairs and festivals for 29 years selling corn dogs, nachos and elephant ears. They have really been missed for the past few years at the Shelby County 4-H Fair, Cowden Pioneer Days, Pana Tri-County Fair and the Tower Hill Fall Festival. No one else makes them quite the same. Charles also was a member of the American Legion.
He married Shirley Mae Hicks on March 31, 1956.
He is survived by Shirley, his wife of 58 years; children, Charles Warren (Rhonda) Evans of Shelbyville, Debra Ann Herbord (Cyrus Rastegar ) of Pana, Connie Marie (Kenny Massett) Miller of Cowden and Robert Wayne (Sheli) Evans of Cowden; grandchildren, Joshua, Christopher and Joya Evans, Tiffany Miller, Blake Evans, Amanda and Colton Evans; great-grandchildren Cole, Kally, and Ella Evans, Keegun, McKenzi and Charli Evans, Madison Rosinski, and Lilly Nohren; siblings, Kate Jennings of Beecher City, Cecil Evans of Tower Hill, Shirley (Ray) Lee of Riverton, David “Dude” (Joanne) Evans of Beecher City, Ruthann Childress of Shelbyville and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Jerry and John (infancy), half sisters Naomi Carr and Emma Freeman, brother-in-law, Wilbert Jennings and sister-in-law, Rosemary Evans.
In lieu of flowers, the family recommends memorials to be given in Charles’ name to Shelby County Honor Guard, Quad County Hospice, Cowden 1st Responders, or the Shelbyville Manor to benefit the Bounce Back Wing or Garden Court Wing.
We wish to thank Dr. Agapito, Dr. Guaglianome and all the staff of Shelby Memorial Hospital and Shelbyville Manor Bounce Back for their kindness and excellent care. A special thank you to Kelly Bandelow RN for making chemo a little more bearable for him. We also wish to thank the “Angels” of Quad County Hospice for helping us get through these last few weeks. Bless you all!!