In Charlottesville, VA, on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, Lenwood Joseph Evans crossed over into the New Jerusalem.
He was born June 13, 1934, in Talcott, WV, to Lenwood C. and Bessie Louise Campbell Evans.
Lenwood was an active member of the John Wesley United Methodist Church of Lewisburg, WV, where he participated in their sanctuary choir and men’s chorus. He was a close friend to his pastor, the Rev. Eugene Fullen. He was a community leader; he was a churchman; he was a Christian.
Although his home was made in Talcott, Lenwood attended Byrd Prillerman High School, located in Amigo, WV. In 1952, he graduated from Lincoln High School in Hinton, WV. At both schools, Lenwood, a superb athlete, excelled as an offensive and defensive football lineman and a standout baseball player. Like his father, Lenwood too served his country as a soldier in the United States Army and Reserve components. During his enlistment, he was assigned to the U.S. Army’s Infantry, which is known as the “Queen of Battle.” He was an expert marksman with the field service rifle. In addition, he was a certified mortar weapons system instructor and was honorable discharged (1957-1960). Although Lenwood was selected for the Army’s Officer Corps School (OCS), he chose to return to his wife in Lewisburg and begin their family.
Lenwood remained impassioned by “field and stream.” He was an avid hunter and fisherman; he was a talented carpenter and a skillful gardener; he was an unspoken naturalist and an environmentalist. He enjoyed, respected, and acknowl-edged God’s creation and his stewardship within it. Although he loved “field and stream,” he reserved his worship for the Creator. Lenwood loved his life and the lives of all others. He was an employee of The Greenbrier hotel and resort (1952-1998) and the New River Community and Technical College (fall 1999-spring 2017).
In addition, he loved his family. He was a dedicated husband and father. For 61 years and until her death, Lenwood was married to Laura Janis Seams Evans (1954-2015). They had two children, Joseph Norman Evans and April Leannette Evans Gardner. Lenwood and Laura Janis raised and provided for their family in Lewisburg. He supported their church and academic activities, athletic, and band programs, and Girl and Boy Scouts. In Lewisburg, Lenwood was a senior and Little League Baseball coach. Through that platform, he helped to develop young boys’ character and integrity. He taught them life lessons that would make them into young men.
Lenwood was preceded in death by his father, Lenwood C. Evans; mother, Bessie Louise Campbell Evans; brother, James Evans, his oldest sibling; and wife, Laura Janis Seams Evans.
He is survived by two sisters, Amy Evans Hickman and Edith Evans Seams; a son, Joseph Evans (Patricia); daughter, April Evans Gardner (Darryll); grandchildren, Joshua Leroy, Gabrielle Elizabeth, and Matthew Zacharias; and great-grandchildren, Kyrie Grace and Grant Eli and, at the time of his death, Lenwood expected Grace Elizabeth in a month’s time (second child of Darren and Gabrielle).
Lenwood was loved deeply by his sisters Amy Hickman (John) and Edith Evans Seams (Millard); his nieces and nephews, John Hickman (Alice), Kenneth Hickman (Gwendolyn), Chris Hickman (Donna), Joya Hickman (Maurice), Salim Mu’min (Hanan), Donald Hickman (Toni), Anthony Hickman (Alisa), Perry Hickman (Darlene), professor Mark Hickman, Milletta Seams Burns (Mike), Michael Seams (Francine), Earl Seams (Donna), Cheryl Seams Woods (Jerry), Keith Seams (Renee), Wallace Seams (Dawn), Gerald Seams (Susan), and Daniel Seams (Jennifer); and a host of grandnieces and grand nephews, relatives, and unnumbered friends.
While listening to Scripture readings (Palsms 67, 68, and 70; Philippians 1:12-26; and Romans 8:18-39) and surrounded by his doctors and nurses, Lenwood received his earthly benediction and doxology, “Now to him who is able to keep us from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 24-25). Minutes later, peacefully and triumphantly, Lenwood Joseph Evans became a part of God’s eternal elect.
Funeral services will be held at 12 PM on Friday, September 29, 2017, at the John Wesley United Methodist Church in Lewisburg.
The family will receive friends from 10 AM until 11:45 AM at the church.
Burial with military honors will be conducted at 10 AM on Saturday, September 30 at the Talcott Cemetery in Talcott.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com.
Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.
Obituary originally published in the September 27, 2017 edition of The West Virginia Daily News.