In memory of Robert Holt Evans, born Dec. 6, 1934 in South Boston to Mary Peachey Easley and John Davis Evans.

Holt graduated from Halifax High School in its last class of 1953 where he excelled in debating, a skill that served him well for the rest of his life. He then went to Bullis Prep School to prepare for the Naval academy where he graduated in 1958 with a Golden Gloves in boxing.

He married Nancy Willis Evans in the Naval Academy Chapel the next day and they subsequently spent the next 28 years in the United States Air Force, where he served seven years in the Far East, another seven in Europe and four at NATO headquarters. The rest of his career was served in the US, retiring out of Langley Field in Tidewater.

Holt and Nancy retired to Halifax, to the home where he was reared and that was built by his grandfather. During his time there he served on Town Council, the Vestry of St. John’s Episcopal Church and on the Board of the South Boston Museum. He was a lifelong giver to and lover of the arts.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy W. Evans; son Robert Holt Evans Jr. (Anna); daughter Teel Evans (Michael); and eight grandchildren, Alex Evans, John Taylor, Dawson Evans, Nicholas Evans, Eliza Evans, Laura Taylor, Trent Evans and Malin Evans.

There will be a drop-in at the Evans household at 415 Mountain Road, Halifax, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday evening, the 3rd of Jan. and the memorial service will take place at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at 2 p.m. followed by a reception at the home of Jack and Bertha Jane Dunavant, also on Mountain Road.

In lieu of flowers, give freely to the Halifax Rescue Squad, 700 Hamilton Blvd., South Boston, VA 24592, the local SPCA, P.O. Box 696, South Boston, VA 24592, the South Boston Museum, P.O. Box 383, South Boston, VA 24592, the Prizery, 700 Bruce St., South Boston, VA 24592, or a charity of choice.

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Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home, South Boston.