More detail on this person: John P. Evans John Purnell Evans, son of the late Francis Otha and Maria Louise Evans Sr. of Leonardtown, Md., departed this life Saturday morning, Jan. 12, 2008, at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, following an extended illness. Born Aug. 14, 1942, in Leonardtown, John Evans was baptized into the Catholic faith at an early age. He entered the U.S. Army in 1959 and later met and married Carlene Caldwell in 1963. With her supporting him and maintaining the forefront, John Evans gave his country 20 faithful years of distinguished service as an infantryman in the 101st Screaming Eagles Division, as an aircraft maintenance technician, and as a helicopter pilot with the 57th Medical Detachment. He served in various capacities during his 20 years of service in Europe, South America and various stateside locations. He served two tours in Vietnam: In 1965 as an enlisted infantryman and the second tour in 1969 as a chief warrant officer helicopter pilot, flying medical evacuations. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Expert Infantryman Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Bronze Star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Army Aviator Badge, Good Conduct Medal and numerous letters and certificates of commendation for his outstanding exceptional service. In 1976, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Evans and his family made a permanent change of station to Fort Bragg, by way of Panama. He furthered his education experiences and graduated from Campbell University with honors, earning a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1975. In 1979, he retired in Fayetteville. Upon his return to civilian life, Mr. Evans worked as an entrepreneur, establishing and operating a string of hair salons and gyms in various locations throughout North Carolina. Hair-N-Now, owned and operated by both Mr. and Mrs. Evans, was the first racially integrated salon in Fayetteville to service both genders. Mr. Evans' adventurous spirit led him to work for Greyhound Bus Lines for a brief period in 1993 and Carolina Trailways Bus Co. in 1994, where he was loved and respected by all. He leaves to mourn his faithful wife of 42 years, Carlene Caldwell Evans of Fayetteville; a son, Emitt T. Evans of Clarksville, Tenn.; a daughter, Johnnie Evans-Dean (Jamall) of Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.; one sister, Ms. Louise Elizabeth Carter; three brothers, Francis Otha Evans Jr., Joseph Franklin Evans and Thomas Eugene Evans; five grandchildren, Lionel Evans, Emelia Evans, Renee Evans, Jonathan Evans and Jada Dean; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and friends. The family will receive friends at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home in Fayetteville from 7 to 9 this evening, Jan. 17, 2008. Mass services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, at St. Ann's Catholic Church with Father Thomas Malloy officiating. Interment will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
Burial information: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
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