Pat Evans, 81, passed away May 26, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Evans was born on May 23, 1940, in Hawkinsville, Georgia, to John H. and Bertha Lane Evans.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his three older brothers, Johnny B., Bobby, and Jerry Evans.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Kathryn “Kathy” Evans; his three children from a previous marriage - two daughters, Patti (Ray) Powell, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Kelly Evans, of Cle Elum, Washington, and his son, Brian Evans, of Monument, Colorado; two grandsons, Sean and Scot Powell, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and his sister, Avie Evans Mitchell, of Forsyth, Georgia.
Mr. Evans graduated from Mary Persons High School, in Forsyth, Georgia, in 1958, and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he spent 21 years on many assignments, including two in Vietnam. When stationed in Alaska, he joined the Air Force Rifle and Pistol Team and spent years traveling to various matches where he won many trophies. He retired at the U.S. Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, and then earned an electrical engineering and a solar engineering degree at Colorado Technical College. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of South Florida and went on to do some graduate work in public administration, during his second career in social services in Florida. He worked as a volunteer and staff member for many years for the Central Florida Visitors and Convention Bureau in Polk County, Florida. After his second retirement, he moved to Fairfield Glade, Tennessee, in 2012, and Sparta, Tennessee, in 2013.
He was an avid golfer, bowler, boater, fisherman, hiker, reader, gardener, traveler, history buff, and birder and was always ready for any new adventure; he was good at anything he tried.
Funeral arrangements will be made by Hunter Funeral Home, in Sparta, where he will be cremated with no services or ceremony. His ashes will be scattered in his beloved mountains of Colorado.
Thanks to all the excellent staff at Cookeville Regional Medical Center and Cancer Center for the wonderful care he received. Donations can be made there or to Sparta-White County Library in his honor, in care of Hunter Funeral Home, P.O. Box 90, Sparta, Tennessee 38583.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.