Alfred “Len” Evans, 50, native Texan and a resident of Montgomery, died in the early hours of January 27, 2020. He was born in New Braunfels, on September 4, 1969 to Alfred V. Jr. and the late Ruth Downes Evans.
He was preceded in death by his mother Ruth Downes Evans.
Alfred is survived by his father Alfred V. Evans Jr., his two daughters Sara Beth Evans, Hannah Taylor Walker and son-in-law Andy Walker, his former wife, Tonja Park Evans, two aunts, an uncle, numerous cousins, as well as extended family in love, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Solze, and the entire Chapman family.
Len attended school in Pearsall in 1978 and his grandfathers, L.E. Downes and A.V. Evans Sr., were both teachers at Pearsall High School.
Len spent most of his formative years attending Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church, where he received his calling to the ministry. He was an avid softball pitcher, went on several mission trips, and led youth covenant groups. He married Tonja Park in May 1991 and after receiving his undergraduate degree from Auburn University at Montgomery, pursued his call to the ministry and further theological studies at Dallas Theological Seminary where he earned his Master of Christian Education. Upon graduating, he served as Youth Director in several northern churches before moving back to Lubbock. Len published a youth study guide on 1 Timothy before embarking with Youth Specialties and the National Network of Youth Ministries, mentoring and connecting youth leaders while offering seminars on the principles of youth leadership. He also served as a Hospice Chaplain. In 2018, Len returned to the Alabama West Florida Conference where he has served as Youth Director to Dalraida UMC and part-time local pastor to Farmersville UMC, Hopewell UMC, McWilliams UMC, and Pine Apple UMC.
Prior to his passing, Len was also working as Chaplain with Encompass Rehab.
Pallbearers included Andy Walker, Matthew Cunningham, Parker “Paco,” Settle, Robbie Spurlock, Clint Chapman, Larry Chapman, Jr., Larry Chapman, Sr. and Tim Perry. Honorary pallbearers were Art Dixon, Alex Palomaria, Luke Chapman, Jim Solze, Adam Reinhart, Paul Sims, Pete Walker, Marvin Johnson, J.C. Tripp, T. Moss and Grady Roberts.
Visitation was held at Leak Memory Chapel on Friday, January 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. A celebration of life followed on Saturday, February 1 at Dalraida United Methodist Church at 3817 Atlanta Hwy Montgomery, Al, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Michael Cobb, Rev. Allen Newton, and Rev. Keith Waldrop officiating.
A time of fellowship immediately followed in the Fellowship Hall of Dalraida UMC.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that consideration be given to Dalraida UMC Youth Missions.