Kevin Michael Evans passed away on November 17, 2022 due to a terminal cancer. Kevin went on his on terms and had a peaceful passing at his home surrounded by his loved ones. Funeral services are 10:30 A.M. Monday, November 21 at First Baptist Church Greenwood, MS with Rev. Collin Montgomery officiating. Interment is 3 P.M. Monday afternoon at Friendship Cemetery in Columbus, MS. Visitation is from 5-7 P.M. Sunday At Greenwood Delta Funeral Home.
He was born to David “Big Dave” and Margaret Evans on October 28, 1958 in Morgantown, WV. He was known as LB2 (Little Brother 2), BB3 (Big Brother 3) but mostly known as a “Momma’s Boy”. Growing up you could find him by the front door waiting for his mother to return home and later you could find him on a basketball court with his older brother. He had the softest brown eyes, silkiest long brown hair and stood as tall as a giant. Story has been told that he could dunk on any player on the basketball court. Later in life he would sign to play college basketball at East Mississippi Community College with his older brother.
Kevin was a big man, with a big smile, big heart and an outgoing personality which suited him well in sales career where relationships are critical. But before sales he managed restaurants, such as, Popeyes, Applebee’s and JC Garcia’s. He loved leading people and creating a work environment where employees felt more like family. It wouldn’t be long before he would find what he truly was passionate about, a career in the Car Salesman business. He would be Carl Hogan’s Car Salesman of the month too many times to count and followed by Car Salesman of the Year. It’s even said by his family that Kevin could sell the chipped paint off a car to anyone, even one of his family members. In 2008 he would become General Manager for Buddy Jones Ford Dealership in Greenwood, MS.
Greenwood is where he would find a sense of community and fellowship. He dedicated himself to the members of this community and strived to build relationships. He would become a devoted member to First Baptist Greenwood Church, which the running joke with his friends would come after his mother would announce, “The Baptist might have his body, but the Catholics will always have his soul”. Kevin would always talk about how special this little town was and how God has led him and his family here. Twelve years he fought this battle called cancer, and with every step this community, to include a huge support system within Kirk Brother’s Dealership, stepped up to support in any way that was needed.
Most importantly though, his greatest gift was perhaps the abundant love he showered on his wife, children, grandchildren, and pets. His daughter often said that his true accomplishment was swindling his wife, Melinda, into marrying him as a single father. There is no doubt he spent 30 years with his soulmate, his dance partner and travel companion. Kevin was great at making his family laugh by dancing in the kitchen to his own music, making up songs or cracking jokes. He never missed an opportunity to tell his family how much he loved them. Actually, he never missed an opportunity to tell anyone that was in his life that he loved them.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” – John 14:27
Kevin is predeceased by his father David Evans, mother Margaret Evans, and brothers Baby Vincent and Shawn Evans. He is survived by his wife Melinda Evans, his four children, Holly Vaught and Husband Edward Vaught, Reed Evans, Brandon Evans and Bailey Evans, his 2 grandchildren Konner and Kaiden Vaught. Additionally, his brothers David Evans and wife Denise of Reform, AL, Mark Evans and JeanAnn
of Columbus, MS, John Evans and wife EJ of Chattanooga, TN, Chris Evans and wife Kayla of Reform, AL, sister Wendy and husband Ronnie of Columbus, MS and many nieces and nephews. Last but not least his 2 fur buddies Dak and Rudy and his 4 cats, 2 of which is daughter Bailey would like to make known that he rescued.
Pallbearers will be William Dunn, Bob Givens, Ricky Belk, Larry Kelly, Jr., Freddie Baine, Willie Winters, Bubba DeLoach, Collier Tillman, and Jim Osborn. Honorary pallbearers are the Deacons and his Sunday school Class of First Baptist Church, the Employees of Kirk Brothers Ford, Lincoln. and the Kiwanis Club.
Memorials May be made to the American Cancer Society.