“Teenactchee Cat and all those kittens!” was a phrase frequently heard around the domino table whenever Hayward Evans and his friends and family played dominoes. On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, Hayward Evans left us to take his seat at the next game next to his father, Willis B. and his brother, Willis Jr.
Hayward Evans Sr., 89, passed away at Monte Vista Hills from complications resulting from a stroke. In true Texas fashion, Hayward defied the odds and battled to the end.
He was born October 30, 1927 in Rusk, Texas, where he grew up and lived until he joined the U.S. Army during the Korean War on March 11, 1952. He completed his service on March 3, 1955 and discharged to Pocatello, Idaho to reside near his father and brother. He worked various jobs in the Pocatello area and retired from the Oregon Highway Department in 1993.
Hayward enjoyed nice cars, watching western movies, playing and talking “smack” during a “hard game” of dominoes with his friends and family and socializing with his many friends at several of the local cafes. He was funny and will long be remembered for his irreverence, sharp wit, and keen sense of humor. He was also a self-taught musician who loved to play and sing the blues (particularly Jimmy Reed) and passed his love of music to his children.
Hayward met Louise Coffee in Pocatello after being honorably discharged from the Army, and the two were married in 1956 in Butte, Montana. Together they had seven children.
He is survived by his loving wife and care giver to the end Louise Evans; seven children: Jimmie Sue Smith, Indianapolis, Indiana; Margaret Evans, Florence, Alabama; Celestine E. Sherrod, Pocatello, Idaho; La-Vonna Shelton (Ron), San Diego, California; Hazel Evans, Seattle, Washington; Hayward Evans, Pocatello, Idaho; Dr. Henry Evans (Kelly), Pocatello, Idaho; and Joseph Sherrod, Leighton, Alabama.
He also was fondly admired by his nieces, Shirley, Geraldine, and Vera and nephew Darnell Evans. He was preceded in death by both of his parents, his brother, an uncle, and 4 grand-children.
The family would like to thank all who visited Hayward while he was ill and those who have offered their condolences since his passing. They would also like to thank the many nurses and doctors who cared for him throughout his illness, particularly the nurses and doctors and administrators from Encompass Home Health and Hospice for their tireless work to care for our father and family.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21 at Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello, Idaho. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening, June 20, 2017 and one hour prior to services Wednesday, June 21, in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Mountain View Cemetery, Pocatello, Idaho following the
service. Following the internment, friends of the family are welcome to share a meal at the Bonneville Community Center at 427 N. 6th, Pocatello, Idaho 83201.
Online guest book and condolences available at www.cornelisonfh.com. http://www.cornelisonfh.com/notices/Hayward-Evans