Wendell Lewis Evans, Sr.
July 1, 1942 - February 4, 2024
Born: Wednesday Jul 1, 1942
Died: Sunday Feb 4, 2024
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Wendell Lewis Evans, Sr., 81, of Eden passed away Sunday, February 4, 2024 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
A funeral service will be held at 1pm Saturday, February 10, 2024 at Fair Funeral Home Chapel in Eden with burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends following the service at the Morehead-Fair House in Eden. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, from Noon – 1pm, at Fair Funeral Home Chapel.
Wendell was born July 1, 1942 in Carrollton, Georgia, to the late Emmett Lewis Evans and Georgie Eason Evans. He later moved to Warner Robbins, Georgia, where he graduated from Warner Robbins High School and was voted "most friendly" by his classmates. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Pharmacy where he was voted by his classmates as the one they would most like to work with. Wendell was a recipient of the J.D. Wilson Fellowship in Atlanta.
He came to Eden in 1966 and began working for Mann Drug. He and his partner, Willie Shoemaker, opened Eden Drug sixteen years later in 1982. Wendell and Willie worked together for forty years. When Wendell and Willie retired, they left the business in the capable hands of their pharmacist and friend, Pete Crouch. He also served on the Rockingham County Board of Health.
Wendell was a member of Leaksville Moravian Church for many years and served in many positions in the church. Most recently, he was a member of Immanuel Friends Church of Draper.
He enjoyed playing tennis and dealing in real estate. Wendell was an avid Georgia Football and Duke Basketball fan. He was known for his friendly personality and silly jokes. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Wendell is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy K. Evans; children, Wendell L. Evans, Jr. (Lisa), Amy Evans Kropka (Jason); the mother of his children, Nancy Nesbitt Johnson of Tennessee; stepchildren, Bruce Parker, Abby Parker Stophel (E.C.); grandchildren, Caroline Kropka, Joshua Kropka, Nina Evans, Jay Parker (Dana), Lauren Parker, Katie Hopper, Georgia Stophel, Parker Stophel Banks (Tanner); great-grandchildren, Caleb Parker, Noah Houlton, Dylan Stallings, Brooke Parker, Natalie Houlton, Layken Hopper, Raylan Stophel, Gracelyn Stophel, Nola James Banks; sister-in-law, Ellen Evans of Warner Robbins, GA.
In addition to his parents, Wendell is preceded in death by his brother, Hugh Evans; sisters, Sandra Evans Gardner and Barbara Evans Wantland.
Our heartfelt gratitude is extended to Hospice, Kay Brooks, Carolyn Evans, and Jada Johnston for their never-ending love and care.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Immanuel Friends Church, 502 S Fieldcrest Rd, Eden, NC 27288, or Ancora Compassionate Care (formerly Hospice of Rockingham County) PO Box 281, Wentworth, NC 27375.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.fairfuneralhome.com.
So sorry to see this. Josh and Summer and Susan Kasten send condolences. There is no pain and bad health in Heaven. Our thoughts and prayers for Dot and family.susan kasten
My thoughts and prayers are with your family.Bobbie Shough
Amy I am so very sorry to hear about your dad just wanted you to know that your in my thoughts and prayers.Carla Hairston
I am so sorry for everyone's loss. I worked with Wendell and Willie until they retired and just knowing that I wasn't going to see him everyday saddened me. I had worked beside him it seemed like forever, I don't know if anyone remembers me Evie Holt. Wendell was the best boss I ever had, and I have had some good ones Hunter Gammon. But it was something about Wendell no matter how bad your day was he could always make it better. I will be SENDING PRAYERS to the family. You can remember him by " Wonderful World" he sang that to me when I wasn't feeling good.🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️Evie Holt
My thoughts and prayers are with the family.Bobbie Shough
Prayers for the family! Wendall was such a joy to talk with, always friendly and helpful. He and Willie were icons in the City of Eden for 40 years. Both were incredible people to interact with. May God comfort the family during this time of bereavement.Tommy Griffin
So Sorry to hear of Wendell's passing. He was such a kind, good-hearted person. Always smiling amd friendly to everyone. Sending my thougths and prayers.Misty Cox
Wendell was a unique person who could make us all feel like a good friend, even though we might just be a loyal visitor to his pharmacy. I always depended on him for good advice about my meds and came away feeling better every time. Much sympathy to all of you family members. I know you will miss him. Joyce Spear
So sorry for your loss. Wendell was a good friend. We talked at length every time we saw each other. He was a true gentleman and a blessing. Fond memories for all who knew him. God bless Craig & Trudy Dishmon.Craig Dishmon
A life well lived my friend, Wendall. Thank you for the encouragement you gave me in the late 60's to pursue a career that was mainly filled by men. I'm grateful for advice. teaching and friendship. You will certainly be missed. I willBonnie Fulk
Dear Amy, Wendell, Dot, Abby and all extended family...
I'm so very sorry for the loss of precious Wendell, Sr. My prayers are with all of you as you navigate through this very sad time. He was loved by so many in the community, and he was like a second Father to me as we grew up together. He is with the Lord now, and will surely be missed, but take comfort in knowing that he will always be present as your angel.Terri Czelusniak
Condolences to the Evan's family.
I enjoyed talking with Wendell at Food Lion.
He was always pleasant and friendly and will be missed.Tina Rodgers Cruise