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Guy Alston Evans
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Obituary for Guy Alston Evans

Oldtown, MD-

Guy Alston Evans, of Oldtown, MD, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 1, 2018 at the Allegany Health Nursing and Rehab Center in Cumberland, MD.

Born in Laurel Dale, WV, on February 24, 1924, Guy was one of sixteen children born to Martin Randolph Evans, Sr. and Mary (Arbogast) Evans.
He was preceded in death six sisters including Lula Liller, Lillie Thompson, Jesse Magdaline, Sadie Pyles, Lettie Sites and Mamie Scott and eight brothers including William Evans, Otha Evans, Arlie Evans, Myrle Evans, Martin Evans, Jr., Lyle Evans, Julius Evans, and William (Evans) Frase. Guy was also preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Mabel (Jewell) Evans and a grandson Eric Shobe. He is survived by his sister, Dessie Varner of Cresaptown, his half-brother Leonard Evans of Fort Ashby, and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his son, Cletus (Ebb) Evans and daughter-in-law Barbara, his daughter Sherry and son-in-law Perkey Yates, and his grandsons, David Shobe and wife Heidi, Phillip Evans and wife Angie, and Brian Evans. Also surviving him is his special kitty friend, “Mommy.”

In his very early years Guy’s family moved to Alaska, WV (now Fort Ashby) and he has told his family that he vaguely remembers when his mother died when he was just 5 years old. At a young age he was sent with his younger brother to Oldtown where he lived with non-family members and he has told us stories of working on the orchards, picking berries, and helping to cut mine props on Warrior Mountain. Childhood was not easy. It was especially not easy during the Depression and he often spoke of that tearfully. Sometime after his eighth birthday, he lived in Piedmont, WV with an older brother and then came back to Oldtown in approximately 1935 to live with his father. Around age sixteen he was hired at the Celanese Corporation and it was while living and working in Cresaptown that he met his future wife, Mabel. He was drafted on the 9th. of February, 1943 and they were married before he left for duty.

Guy served in the Army Air Force during WWII. After his basic training he was selected to attend the St. Louis School of Aeronautics at Kratz Field in St. Louis, MO, studying the assembly and disassembly of gunnery aircraft engines. He then transferred to Tinker Field Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, OK and was trained in the repair, modification, and maintenance of B-17, B-24, and B-29 bombers. After training, Guy was deployed to Papua, New Guinea in the South Pacific to serve in the New Guinea Campaign of WWII as part of the 357th. Depot Repair Squad. The New Guinea Campaign lasted from 1942 until the end of the war in 1945. He often said he could have assembled and disassembled an airplane engine with his eyes closed. He was discharged on December 28, 1945. His tenure in the service was something he spoke of often and of which he was very proud. He always enjoyed visiting the Cumberland Regional Airport when the WWII planes were brought in for exhibition. He was a member of the Oldtown VFW Post 9451 and Ft. Cumberland Post 13, American Legion in Cumberland. MD.

After the war Guy returned to Cresaptown and went back to work at the Celanese. Later, he and his wife returned to Oldtown acquiring a piece of land where he built his home from the foundation up and where he lived his entire life. He worked at the Kelly Springfield Tire Company for a short while and was later hired at the B&O Railroad from which he retired as a locomotive engineer.

Guy’s life held many accomplishments. He would come home form working a full time job and start working again. For several years he had his own TV sales and repair business. He attended night classes and became a certified watchmaker. He also repaired many clocks for several people over the years; antiques that were spring or chain driven, including schoolhouse regulators, cuckoos, grandfather and mantle clocks. You could find him downstairs at his workbench, sitting at his watch desk, or out in his shed “tinkering” with some piece of equipment that someone had dropped off to see if he could maybe “fix” it for them because he could fix just about anything. He was also a beekeeper for many years. He had several hives making local honey and sometimes transported his bees to Florida to be placed in the orange groves for the production of orange blossom honey. Always busy, always working building or repairing fence, plowing and planting, mowing and brush-hogging, and all of the general work associated with home and property. And he loved it.

When he was younger he enjoyed hunting. He belonged to Long’s Hunting Club in Oldtown and he actually had three deer trophy mounts inside of four years including a 12 point, a 9 point, and a 19 point.

Guy was strict and he was “old school.” He taught useful things like respect, responsibility, common sense, and work ethic. Conversations were lessons. At 94 years old he was a wealth of wisdom and will be greatly missed.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff who worked the third floor at Allegany Nursing for their attentive, professional, and affectionate care while our father was a resident there. Special thanks to Tara, Amanda, John, Bonnie, and Elizabeth and others too numerous to mention. You are appreciated.

Family and friends will be received at the Upchurch Funeral Home, P.A., 202 Greene Street, Cumberland, on Friday, April 6th. from 4 to 7 p.m. Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Saturday, April 7th at
11:00 a.m. with Rev. Freddie Parker, officiating.

Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park, where military honors will be accorded by Ft. Cumberland Post #13 Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to either St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or to the Allegany County Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 566, Cumberland, MD 21501-0566.

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