Archie Bernard Evans | July 26, 1950 - January 26, 2022
Archie Bernard Evans was the "baby brother" and seventh child born to Oscar Evans and Gladys (Spirlin) Evans on July 26, 1950, in Hobbs, New Mexico. He entered into eternal rest on January 26, 2022, in Texarkana, Texas. He was preceded in death by both parents, brothers; Harold J. Evans and Spirlin D. Evans, and daughter; Audra D. Evans.
Archie began his education at Washington School and was a 1968 graduate of Hobbs High School. He was an outstanding track and field athlete, earning a college scholarship to the New Mexico Junior College. He later moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico, and there he became a Campus Security Officer and recognized his love for law enforcement that sparked a lifelong career path. He dedicated his professional life to helping young people in his community and eventually earned the position of Chief, Juvenile Probation Parole Officer.
Even when he wasn't working, you could always find Archie volunteering his time to work with kids in his community. He helped coach his son's soccer team, he coached his daughter's softball team, he taught his grandkids how to fish, he worked with the Guidance Center to reunite kids and families, and we can't forget his love for his Jefferson Girls Basketball team. Even as some of the team members grew up and moved away, their bond continues to withstand the test of time. Because of Archie's love for young people, he took it upon himself to become a "personal foster father" to several of them, of which Candi Wimbish (Scales) was one of his most cherished.
It has been said that "He who finds a wife, finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord." The Lord sent Patricia A. (Ramos) Hernandez to him, and they married on January 29, 1977. They were days shy of celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary this year. After retiring, they moved from Hobbs, NM to Texarkana, TX. They spent their days together; hosting family gatherings, traveling to visit relatives, and cheering on their "yahoos" at sporting events. Together, they created a beautiful love story.
Archie obeyed the gospel as a young boy under the guidance of Charles Anderson of Roxana Street Church of Christ in Hobbs, NM. He served as a member of the Scharbauer Street Church of Christ and later at the Atlanta Street Church of Christ, in Texarkana, TX until his death.
Anyone who knew Archie knew of his passions: cooking, fishing, and cheering on the Dallas Cowboys! He believed that if you stopped by his house to visit, he needed to feed you! On any occasion, you could find his kitchen full of food and his house full of friends. And if he wasn't cooking, he was probably headed to a nearby lake. Archie loved spending his retirement days "fixing" up his fishing poles, relaxing on his boat or fishing with friends. He believed every day was a good day to go fishing!
Archie was never too busy to listen to someone's testimony of how he helped them turn their life around. He mentored and touched the lives of countless youth and their families; earning their respect and admiration that continued to follow him for the rest of his life. His life is a testimony to his ministry of helping others. He was selfless, humble, and a peacemaker and he understood that we are placed on this Earth, but for a little while. He did his best to leave it better than he found it and we are all better people for knowing him.
Left to cherish his memory
Wife: Patricia Evans of Texarkana, TX;
Sons: Anthony Evans (Jennifer) Everett, WA and Chad Evans of Midland TX
Daughter: Allison Lee (Dahlon) of Texarkana, TX,
Brothers: Marvin Evans of Ft. Worth, TX; Rob and Carolyn of Flower Mound, TX and Ronnie Lee (cousin) and Lois of Pampa, TX
Sisters: Janice Holland (Emmett) Desoto, TX and Jerelene Powell (Alonzo Powell, Sr.) Desoto, TX;
Best friends: Leon Nix of Hobbs and Frank Collier of Redwater, TX
Bonus Daughter: Candi Wimbish of Lubbock, TX
Grandchildren: Deja, DeBryce, D'Andrus, Justice, Alyssa, Daniel and Kyndal, Breanna, Bobbi and Bryce
Plus a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family members and friends.