Lenwood Joseph Evans was born to Lenwood C., and Bessie Louise (Campbell) Evans, June 13, 1934 in Talcott, West Virginia. In Charlottesville, Virginia, September 20, 2017, Lenwood Evans crossed over into the New Jerusalem. Prior to his death, Lenwood was an active member of the John Wesley United Methodist Church of Lewisburg, West Virginia where he participated in their sanctuary choir and Men's chorus. He was a close friend to his pastor, the Reverend 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, West Virginia. In 1952, he graduated from Lincoln High school in Hinton, West Virginia. 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 -rife. In addition, he was a certified mortar weapons system instructor, and honorably discharged (1957-1960). Although Lenwood was selected for Army's Officer Corps School (OCS), he chose to return to his wife in Lewisburg and began 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 acknowledged 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 Jeannette (Evans) Gardner. Lenwood and Lara Janis raised and provided for their family in Lewisburg, West Virginia. He supported their church and academic activities, athletic and band programs, girl and boy scouts. In Lewisburg, Lenwood was a little and senior 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, mother, brother and wife: Lenwood, Bessie, his oldest sibling, James Evans and Lara Janis (Seams) Evans. He is survived by two sisters, Amy (Evans) Hickman, Edith (Evans) Seams; a son and daughter Joseph (Patricia) Evans and April (Darryll) (Evans) Gardner; his grandchildren Joshua Leroy, Gabrielle Elizabeth and Matthew Zacharias and his great-grandchildren, Kyrie Grace, Grant Eli. At the time of his death, Lenwood expected Grace Elizabeth in a month's time (Darren and Gabrielle's second child).
Lenwood was loved deeply by Amy (John), Edith (Millard) and 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), Daniel Seams (Jennifer) and a host of great nieces, nephews, relatives and unnumbered friends.
While listening to Scripture readings (Psalms 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 Service will be 12:00 noon on Friday, September 29, 2017 at the John Wesley United Methodist Church in Lewisburg.
Immediately following the service there will be a repass held at the Old Stone Presbyterian Church.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 am until 11:45 at John Wesley United Methodist Church.
Burial with Military Honors will be 10:00 am on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Talcott Cemetery in Talcott, WV.
Published on September 26, 2017