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Mr. Homer Alvin "Al" Evans, 73, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 at Adaton Baptist Church in Starkville with Rev. Hal Shelby and Rev. Tom Daniel officiating and music provided by Brian dn Heidi Brasher.
Burial will follow in Antioch Methodist Church Cemetery in Ackerman.
Visitation will be held 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 at Adaton Baptist Church.
Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman is in charge of arrangements.
A native of Lexington, Mr. Evans was born on Feb. 21, 1939, and was a retired educator.
He was a graduate of Lexington High School in Lexington. He received an A.S. degree from Holmes Junior College. He then earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in agricultural education from Mississippi State University. He was also certified in industrial education and forestry technology education.
He was a public school teacher in both high school and community college for 25 years. He then served as an area agent for the Mississippi State Extension Service. He also worked in management positions in both business and industry for Kerr-McGee Corporation.
Mr. Evans had much respect and compassion for his fellow man. He had a great love for his family and especially enjoyed get-to-gathers with relatives. He found much joy being "Pop" to his grandsons. He was a volunteer for the Spring Columbus Pilgrimage for 20 seasons during his working years. After retirement, he volunteered many hours to the Oktibbeha County Hospital Auxiliary during a 10-year period. He was an avid fan of MSU football. He appreciated a wide variety of music. While at Holmes Junior College and MSU, he plead the tube in their respective band programs. He was also a choir member at Holmes Junior college. He liked history, especially of the Civil War era. Some of his other interests were reading, traveling, horticulture and genealogy.
He became a Christian at the age of 16 and joined the Antioch Baptist Church in the Brozville Community of Holmes County. At his death, he was a member of Adaton Baptist Church in Starkville where had served as a deacon.
Mr. Evans is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Carolyn Busby Evans of Ackerman; sons, Joe Evans (Leigh Ann) and Charles Evans, both of Starkville; brother, Ted Evans (Nancy) of Brookhaven; niece, Laura Evans of Brookhaven; nephew, Stephen Evans of Brookhaven; and grandsons, Jonah and Rhys Evans of Starkville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Alvin and Louise Frost Evans; and son, David Lavone Evans.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to French Camp Academy, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745-9989 or Adaton Baptist Church Building Fun, 1975 Hwy. 82, Starkville, MS 39759.
To sign the family registry, visit http://www.colemanfuneral.com.