Cecil Raymond Evans, 83, of Mountainburg passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, at a local nursing home. He was born April 19, 1934, in Stoutland, Mo., to the late Charles Evans and Ada Medeiros. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 52 years, Reba Evans; twin brothers, Donald and Ronald Medeiros; a sister, Mary Schalow; and a great-granddaughter, Casey Hays of Barling.
Cecil graduated from Excelsior High School in Norwalk, Calif., attended the Tilargi Institute of Chemistry at USC and was a chemical compounder for National Seal. Cecil owned and operated the Heirloom in California for 10 years. He also owned and operated four service stations, two in California and two in Fort Smith. He worked at Skelly Truck Stop in Alma for five years and at Central Mall in Fort Smith for Ed Warmack for 20 years as his operations manager and he was owner of Appleseed Electronics. He retired and moved to Shoal Bay with his wife, Reba. They moved back to Crawford County in 2000 to be near his children. Cecil’s hobby was model airplanes and he had an extensive collection of warbirds. He also graduated from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Citizens Academy.
Cecil was of the Catholic faith and a member of St. Scholastica Catholic Church at Shoal Creek in New Blaine, Ark. He was a former officer with AFOE-CID, a 32nd degree Mason at Van Buren Lodge No. 6 and Royal ARH No. 3 and Scottish Rite Masonry. He was a 19-year member of Fort Smith Noon Exchange Club and Knights of Columbus, a Shriner and member of the Eastern Star.
Cecil had many friends; he never met a stranger. His legacy is his three children, Masonry and loyalty and honesty.
Survivors include his daughter, Corette Cogburn and husband BJ of Mountainburg; two sons, Charles (Chuck) Evans of Alma and Jim Casey and his wife Mary of Rudy; two grandsons, Kenny Pixley of Rudy and Adam Evans of Alaska; four granddaughters, Angie Morrison and Crystal Collins, both of Rudy, Sharla Casey of Barling and Miranda Evans of Alaska; one great-granddaughter, Sophie Morrison, one great-grandson, Mason Collins, both of Rudy; three sisters, Evelyn Peterson and Shirley Kolins, both of Texas; two brothers, Bill Medeiros of Las Vegas and Bobby Evans of Cedarville; and his buddy, Bubba Bailey.
Funeral service will be noon, Saturday at Ocker Chapel of Alma with interment in Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
Pallbearers will be Theo Bland, David Limberg, Bobby Walls, Ronald Walls, Bubba Bailey and Harold Walls.
Honorary pallbearers will be the J and J Restaurant coffee friends.
To place an online tribute please visit www.ockerfuneralhome.com.