Ernest Clayton Evans, Jr., 61, of Cameron passed away on Wednesday, January, 13, 2021 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 12:15 p.m. at Yates Thagard Baptist Church with Pastor Steven Johnson and Associate Pastor Sammy Frye officiating. Burial will follow at Yates Thagard Baptist Church Cemetery.
A walk-through visitation will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2021 from 10 a.m. until noon at Yates Thagard Baptist Church. COVID restrictions will be followed. Please wear a mask and maintain social distance from others.
Clayton was born in Moore County on March 19, 1959 to Ernest Clayton, Sr. and Amelia Grace Frye Evans. He was their first-born child and only son.
He met his one true love, Lisa Garner Evans, in high school. They began dating in 1979 and were inseparable for the rest of his life. They were married on March 1, 1981, enjoying nearly 40 years of love together.
He began his insurance career in 1984 with First Pioneer Insurance Agency and became co-owner in 1988. He served on the Moore County School Board, Home Builders Association, and various advisory boards.
Clayton was a born-again believer and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at the age of 20. He was a dedicated member and servant of his church, Yates Thagard; he enjoyed greeting the congregation and had served as a Deacon.
Clayton was a passionate man. Other than his family, one of his greatest passions was sports, namely his love of the Atlanta Braves and N.C. State basketball and football. He considered coaching his children to be one of the greatest blessings in his life. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, activities that were also enjoyed with family.
He was a stranger to no one and was always striking up conversation with anyone he came in contact with. He was renowned by all who knew him for his sense of humor, which was undoubtedly inherited from his father. From his mother, he acquired a sweet tooth; he loved his mom’s famous banana pudding and sweet potato pie. Of all desserts, he preferred ice cream the most. A craving could strike at any time of day.
If the Braves were not playing, he could usually be found watching one of his favorite movies at night. Some of his favorites included Tombstone, The Quick and the Dead, and Rocky, but his guilty pleasure was watching Hallmark movies with Lisa.
Above all else, Clayton will be remembered for being the best husband, son, father, grandfather, and brother who was always ready to help his family and friends. The son of tobacco farmers, he developed a strong desire for hard work at a young age. He spent most weekends tending to his home and land, not out of necessity, but of enjoyment for working with his hands. When he was not working, he was likely to be spending time with his grandchildren, of whom he was unimaginably proud.
In addition to his parents and wife, he is survived by his daughter, Amanda Evans Criscoe (Nathan) of Whispering Pines; sons, Matthew Clayton Evans (Stacy Patterson) of Cameron and Nolan David Evans (Meritte) of Laramie, Wyo.; sisters, Jean Currin (Roger) of Cameron, Sonya Stalls (Don) of Vass, and Evelyn Scaggs (Bob) of Harrisburg; and grandchildren, Landon, Chandler, Ella, Camden, and Cora. To his loved ones, he is Superman.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 91891, Washington D.C. 2009-1891.
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