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Thomas E. Evans, Sr.

May 23, 1932 — July 13, 2017

Thomas E. Evans, Sr.

A memorial service for Tom Evans, Sr. 85, of Clarkesville, GA, formerly of Elberton, will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Clarkesville on Sunday, July 16th at 1:00 PM with the Reverend Dr. Jasper Keith officiating. Mr. Evans died Thursday, July 13th.

Tom was born on May 23, 1932 in Lupton City, TN to Eva Curtis and William ‘Slim’ Evans. In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his brother, Ray Evans and his stepson, John Upchurch.

Tom served his country in the Navy during the Korean War. He graduated from the University of Chattanooga and the University of Tennessee with a Master’s Degree in Geology. Tom was a geologist who spent his life in the stone business.

Tom was involved in his church and community. He was a co-founder of Evanswinn Company in Elberton, Ga. He was chair of the Elbert County School Board for many years. He was an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Clarkesville. He was instrumental in starting the Sister City program between Elberton, GA and Mure-cho, Japan. This year the program celebrates its 35th anniversary this October – one of the longest active programs in the US between a US city and a Japanese city.

Tom loved his family. Survivors include his wife, Tina Courson Evans, son and daughter-in-law, Tom Jr. and Valerie Evans of Elberton, daughter, Beth Evans and Tom Tedrow of Snellville, GA, Bill Evans of Atlanta, GA, and step daughter-in-law, Carey Upchurch of Cumming, GA, sister, Betty Evans Allmon of Hixson, TN, sister-in-law, Beth Courson Kraps and Kent of Watkinsville, GA. Tom was blessed with 7 grandchildren – Thomas Evans, Jessie Evans, Kate Evans, Libby Evans, Evan Tedrow, Courson Upchurch and Caitlin Upchurch.

The family request that memorials in honor of Tom be given to First Presbyterian Church of Clarkesville (PO Box 354 Clarkesville, GA 30523) or to the Sister City Program, Elberton (Elberton Sister City Committee c/o Bruce Herring, 1628 Melody Lane, Elberton, GA 30635).

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Funeral arrangements by Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville. 706-754-6256

Announcement courtesy of Berry Funeral Home & Crematory.

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