AMORY â€“Jerry R. Evans â€ś8 Ballâ€ť, 62, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, in Prattville, Ala. as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.
A celebration of life service will be held 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Marty Roberts, Bro. Ronald Floyd, Bro. Rob Gardner and Bro. William Warren officiating.
E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
Born on Sept. 9, 1950, in Cleveland, he was a son of Bertha Davidson Evans and the late Edgar V. Evans.
Jerry was a graduate of Meridian High School, class of 1968. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army. He served in Vietnam and was also a Drill Instructor, graduating from the Institute of Personnel Management. Jerry received many honors and decorations and was very proud of his military service.
He was a Service Manager at Ruan Transportation. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church, the American Legion, a founding member of Bikers for Christ, founding member and past vice president of Dream Riders, a founding member of Eldridge Childrenâ€™s Home Toy Run and current State President of in Country MC.
Jerry used his love of motorcycles, coaching church league softball and football to touch and change many lives by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Always smiling and never meeting a stranger, Jerry used his positive attitude towards life to help raise money for various causes and benefits.
He treasured time spent with his family. His best friend and wife, Barbara, would often accompany him on motorcycle rides. With his lifeâ€™s work being complete, his family knows that he has gone to heaven to be with Jesus, and they love him dearly.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Evans of Amory; mother, Bertha Davidson Evans of Starkville; daughters, Christina Evans and daughter, Cheyenne, and Kelly Mundy (Kenny) and daughter, Emma. all of Sacramento, Calif.; step-daughter, Mary Beth Watt and son, Dalton of Starkville; step-sons, Thomas Wayne Cantrell and son, Trevor, and Michael Thomas Cantrell (Lynsey) and daughter, Rylee Belle, all of Amory; sisters, Kay Brancaccio and Vickie Robertson (Rob) both of Starkville; brother, Edgar V. Evans Jr.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Bertha Diane Evans; and a nephew Bobby Brancaccio.
Pallbearers will be Phil â€śFatboyâ€ť Frye, Eric â€śPolicemanâ€ť Chrestman , William â€śBig Redâ€ť Warren, Marty â€śKabalanâ€ť Roberts, Rob â€śHotshotâ€ť Gardner and Allen â€śThunderâ€ť Thomas.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of In Country MC, Dream Riders, Bikers for Christ and CMA.
Memorials may be given to the Eldridge Childrenâ€™s Home at 86 Academy DR. Eldridge, AL 35554.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at http://www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.