Charles (Chick) Jan Evans


Charles (Chick) Jan Evans, of Crossville, who spent almost his entire life in this world traveling, has set off on his final trek. Dad departed for this journey on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019.
His life was spent preparing for, as he would put it, "the final leg of my journey; the Trail's End." No stranger to traveling, his 20-year (1952-1972) Air Force career took him around the world. He is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam conflict (once classified Palace Dog - Project 404) with other overseas tours of duty in Greenland, Japan, Portugal and Germany, and stateside, from sea to shining sea of the country he loved so dearly.
Born March 17, 1934, in Racine, WI, he was the son of the late Irene Slezak and Leonard Evans and brother of the late David Evans. Upon graduating from Washington Park High School in Racine, he married (July 11, 1953) the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Beverly (Qualler), and embarked upon his Air Force career. Upon retiring, he went into the hotel/motel business. For nearly 40 years, he owned and operated hotels and motels in both Georgia and Florida. He served in leadership roles in a number of organizations: president of the Screven County Chamber of Commerce (1974), chairman of the International Operator's Council (IOC) for Choice Hotels and member of the hotel/motel tax commission in Perry, GA.
Additionally he was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), life member of the Air Force Association, as well being actively involved the Screven County Rotary Club and Kiwanis of Perry, GA, form 1978 to 1985. Dad had a servant's heart - he was a certified lay pastor for churches in Bullock County, Georgia.
We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from our Dad in his 86 years of life. That drawer full of old bread ties will apparently come in handy someday; hanging Christmas ornaments, labeling cords or even fixing the toilet flapper.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 66 years, Beverly; their four children, son USAF Ret. Charles Jr. (Linda), daughter Debi Tebeau, twin sons USAF Ret. Rick (Debra) and USAF Ret. Ron. He is also survived by his stepsister, Serena Dykes; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and an equally large number of nieces and nephews.
He left detailed instructions for his wife and children to celebrate his mission here, which has now been completed. A memorial service will be held Friday, Sept. 13, at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church (100 Braun Street) in Crossville. Interment will be at West Lawn Memorial Park in Racine, WI.
We will remember his smile, his love for life, his country, and family and friends. He worked hard his whole life. He made a difference in the lives of many. We invite you to join us and celebrate together.
Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. ( was in charge of the arrangements.
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Published on September 10, 2019
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Jayden Evans (great grandson)
Sep 14, 2019
We love you and will miss you always!
Robert Clemons
Sep 11, 2019
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