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Source: The Marion Star
Wednesday, February 11, 1920

 

CAPTAIN WILLIAM T. EVANS
PASSES AT HIS HOME

Well Known Citizen Dies Suddenly   Friday Morning.  Buried Saturday. Veterans as Pall Bearers.

Early Friday morning the community was shocked with the news that Captain William T. Evans, ex-sheriff and well known citizen, had died at his home 2 miles north of Marion.

Captain Evans had been in his usual health, which was splendid for a man of advanced years, and the announcement of his death came as a sad surprise to his many friends and acquaintances and as a decided shock to his relatives. Early Friday morning his cook went to his room to make a fire, and at that time, Capt. Evans, aroused from his night's sleep, asked about the weather. Later, breakfast being ready for him, his tardiness in getting out was noted and his grandson, William Evans Gasque, went to his room to see what delayed his grandfather. On reaching the room the young man found his grandfather dead, in bed. He had apparently passed away suddenly and without a struggle.

Saturday morning the funeral services were conducted at the old Evans home, where for so many years Captain Evans has been wont to entertain his friends. Rev. Walter I. Herbert, pastor of the First Methodist church, conducted the services, both at the home and at the cemetery. After the brief service at the house the body was interred in the cemetery at the First Methodist church. Acting as pall bearers were six Confederate Veterans, who thus honored their comrade in arms. They were John C. Sellers, James Norton, J. E. Middleton, N. P. Smith, Jno. G. Godbold, and W. B. R. Gasque, all life-time friends of the deceased.

Captain William Thomas Evans was a

son of the late General William Evans and was born at the Evans home, where he died Friday. At the time of his death he was 82 years of age, and unusually strong and active. No man ever bore his years more gracefully than William T. Evans. He served four years in the Confederate Army, being a member of the artillery commanded by Capt. Thomas E. Gregg, of Marion County, and was present at Appomatox when Lee surrendered.

Soon after the civil war Capt. Evans married Miss Lucy Stith, of Wilson, N. C., who died many years ago. Of this union one child, Jennie, now deceased, was born. She married Mr. Henry I. Gasque, of Marion. Two grandchildren survive, Mr. William Evans Gasque, of Marion and Mrs. Lucy Gasque Platt, of Sumter.

Captain Evans served Marion County for twelve years as sheriff and made a popular and efficient officer. He was a highly respected citizen and his death will be mourned by a very large circle of friends. Of his immediate family only Mrs. Eliza J. Evans, a sister, survives him. Just a month ago his sister, Mrs. W. C. Power, died in Marion.

Affable, attractive, friendly and a Southern gentleman of the old school, Capt. Evans was a man of mark. No man ever saw him disheveled in person, or without apparently having taken great care in donning his clothes and in buying them. He always touched his hat when approached by a gentleman or a lady, a smile ever played on his strong face and he literally beamed the word "welcome" when his friends came to him. He was accustomed to the comforts of life, but never felt it necessary to remark upon that fact. He had hundreds of staunch friends, both socially and politically, and to all of them his death is a sore loss. His devotion to his only heirs, his two grandchildren, was beautiful.

William T. Evans is no more, but his memory will live on forever. His good deeds were unnumbered, except in the hearts of those whom he has befriended, and to them his memory shall ever be sweet and fresh and glorious.

Submitted by Jane B. Thompson, 28 Dec 2003.


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