James W. EVANS

WILLIAMSBURG - James William Evans, of Williamsburg, passed away on May 1, 2010, after a brief illness.
Born in Fulton, Ky., in 1929, to the late Sebra and Roberta Evans, Jim was hard-working from an early age. His job experiences ranged from loading barges and climbing poles to a 40-year career as an executive in the computer industry. Jim's hobbies included golf and woodworking. Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army, and after completing Officer Candidate and Ranger School, was deployed to Korea in 1952. While serving in Korea, Jim was actively involved in one of the last major battles that helped bring an end to the Korean War. The battle for Outpost Harry was to play a pivotal role in stopping the Chinese advance at the 39th parallel. Although wounded during the fight, Jim and his men stayed true to their mission of "Holding Outpost Harry at all cost" by blunting this ferocious attack. Jim's "A" Company was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, the highest award for a Military Company and Jim was awarded the Silver Star for his leadership and gallantry under fire; and the Purple Heart for the wounds sustained in combat.
After returning home, Jim joined the Army reserve to complete his education. He graduated from Memphis State University, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. In 1954, he meet the love of his life, Mary Anne Talbot, and they were married later that year. Unable to return to active duty due to the severe reduction in force, Jim's business career took the couple to Alabama and then Florida, before retiring in Williamsburg.
Upon retirement, Jim decided to write a book about his military experience and in March of this year, the University of Alabama Press published "A Morning in June." During this past April, Jim held a book signing at Patriots Colony hosted by his wonderful friends, and sold out all of the copies of his book from the local bookstore. Jim was looking forward to attending the premiere of the movie "Hold At All Cost," a documentary about the actions on Outpost Harry that will premiere at the Kennedy Center on Memorial Day, in recognition of the start of the Korean War 60 years ago.
Jim was preceded in death by his son, Lt. William T. Evans, USN.
He leaves behind to cherish his wonderful life, his wife of 55 years, Anne; daughter, Carol (Bill) Downey; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Robert and Anne Talbot; his sister, Martha Neal; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Patriots Colony on May 14, at 3 p.m., with interment in Arlington National Cemetery on Aug. 13, at 9 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Riverside Cancer Care Fund; or a charity of choice.
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Published in Daily Press from May 9 to May 10, 2010