Born 10-10-1931 -- Died 12-30-2003
(BR) Buford Ray Evans, 72, of Hardy, Ark., died Dec. 30, 2003, at White River Medical Center in Batesville, Ark.
Born Oct. 10, 1931, in Hardy, he was the son of Fred Kerry and Eva Armstrong Evans.
The Evans family moved to Sharp County in the 1850s. BR was the fourth of six generations residing in the Hardy area. He worked for 31 years for John A. Cooper in Cherokee Village. He also worked for six years for Cherokee Frame Factory.
Survivors include his son, Kerry Wayne Evans; and three daughters --Tammy and David Stone, Tirena Boothe, Robin Evans and also Anna Bell Evans, all of Hardy; nine grandchildren -- Justin, Kyle, Heather, Kayla, Jo, Jake, Kelly, Allison, Dylan and David; and three brothers -- Otho, Haden and Doyle Evans, all of Hardy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Eva Evans; three daughters -- Kimberly, Barbara and Katie; and three brothers -- Frankie Wiles and Evans and Trusho Wiles and Linsley Wiles.
The funeral service was Jan. 1, 2004, at Tri-County's Cherokee Chapel in Highland, with Floyd Rikard officiating. Burial followed in Hersburger Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Tri-County's Cherokee Chapel of Highland.
Pallbearers were Bill Lowe, Bob Bradley, Bob Murphy, Brad Fortuna, Gary Russell, Larry Swetnam, Euin Mullins, Tom Thornton, David Cochran, Don Morgan and Bob Morgan.