John Wilbert "Johnny" Evans, 79, of the Belknap community, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, at Massac Memorial Hospital in Metropolis.
Born April 19, 1940 in the Berea community in Johnson County, Mr. Evans was a 1958 graduate of Vienna High School. He was employed as a truck driver in his family's transportation and logging business. He also was employed as an equipment operator by the Johnson County Highway Department.
Mr. Evans had also worked as a salesman for Moorman Feed Company and later, he was a self-employed equipment operator and worked with Morris Mott Construction providing heavy equipment service. He was last employed as an operator at the Calvert City Coal Terminal.
Mr. Evans served for over 40 years as a member of the Belknap Village Board. He served for many years on the Belknap Volunteer Fire Department, achieving the rank of lieutenant, and was one of the original organizers of the annual Belknap Fireman's Day.
Mr. Evans served for over 13 years as a driver for the Johnson County Ambulance Service and, for over 30 years, worked with the Johnson County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency, serving as coordinator many of those years.
He was of the Methodist faith and attended Belknap Community Church.
Survivors include two daughters, LaDonna Schroeder and husband James of Metropolis and Kathy Meyers and husband Bill of Belknap; four grandchildren, Amanda Jo Schroeder of Ava, Stephanie Nicole Schroeder of Birmingham, Alabama, Tiffany Amber Meyers of Marion and Ryan James Schroeder of Metropolis; one great-grandson, Kyler Bowerman of Ava; one sister, Christina Faulkner of Metropolis; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Caroline Rose Avery Evans; his parents, Wilbert Neil Evans and Rhoda Marie McHenry Evans; three brothers, Weldon Neil "Rip" Evans, Gilbert D. "Gib" Evans and Cecil C. "Preacher" Evans; and three infant brothers.
Funeral service was held Tuesday at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna with Bro. Jeff Evans, Mr. Evans' nephew, and Pastor Monte Reed, officiating. Burial followed at Belknap Masonic Cemetery with Pastor David Faulkner officiating at the committal service.
Memorials may be made to the Belknap Masonic Cemetery, c/o Janet Hester, 305 W. Main St., Belknap, IL 62908; or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.