L. Raymond "Poppy" Evans Jr. went to be with the Lord on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Cumberland Health Care Center.
Mr. Evans was born on Sept. 11, 1924, in Baltimore, to the late Lewis R. Evans and Josephine (Towles) Evans. Raised in West Baltimore, he was active in the West Baltimore Democratic Club and was a friend to William Donald Schaefer, former mayor of Baltimore and governor of Maryland.
Mr. Evans proudly served in the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet during World War II. Upon the end of the war, he began working for C & P Telephone Company and continued through his retirement in 1988. Ray was often called out to work after disasters struck throughout the East Coast; often working around the clock to restore service to communities that lost telephone service.
Ray loved duckpin bowling, Baltimore Orioles baseball, and watching "The Price Is Right." He was an avid card player with pinochle being his favorite. A devoted family man, he loved watching his children and grandchildren play sports. Ray never met anyone he did not like and would do anything for anyone. He was an animal lover and always had a dog.
Mr. Evans is survived by his sons, Richard L. Evans (Cumberland), James T. Evans (Westland, Mich.), Charles R. Evans and wife, Marta (Woodbine), Joseph E. Evans and wife, Linda (Grass Valley, Calif.), and daughter, Elizabeth A. Emerick and husband, Eric (Fort Ashby, W.Va.); grandchildren, Noelle Savage and husband, Graham, Erin Evans and special friend, Scott Ludwig, Kimberly Knopp and husband, Steve, Kayla Kowlaeski and husband, Will, Kyle Janney and husband, Bryan, Grant Evans and fiancé, Bre, Katie Lewis and husband, Derek, Joseph Evans Jr., Amber Evans and fiancé, Geoffrey Kessler, Aubrey Gray and husband, Scott, and Shayla Emerick.
Also surviving are his 10 great-grandchildren, Gloria Savage, Wren Savage, Aiden Dansker, Emma Dansker, Brendon Knopp, Austin Lewis, Archer Lewis, Evan Kessler, Adele Kessler, and Kennedy Gray.
Friends will be received at Adams Family Funeral Home, P.A., 404 Decatur Street, Cumberland (www.AdamsFamilyFuneralHome.com), on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Lee Brotemarkle officiating.
Interment will be in Maryland State Veterans Cemetery at Rocky Gap.
Military honors will be accorded at the cemetery by Post 13 Veterans Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mineral County Humane Society, 831 Cutoff Road, Keyser, WV 26726.
The Evans' family wishes to thank the First-Floor Care staff of Cumberland Nursing Facility for all of their compassionate care during their father's stay, especially Tonya Groves and Sara Twigg. I am sure he is looking down on all of us saying, "You're looking for trouble" and blowing raspberries at everyone he knows!
Published on January 5, 2018