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Sadly, our beloved Larry Eugene Evans passed away peacefully January 25th, 2024 at the age of 72 at North Florida Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, after a courageous and lengthy battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Larry touched the hearts of so many with his love of nature and animals, and his adventurous spirit.
Larry was born at Crawford W. Long Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia in 1951 to Fred Eugene and Willie Frances Evans. He grew up in Smyrna, Georgia and enjoyed a care-free, mischievous upbringing with his many friends, causing several anxiety-ridden moments for his patient and loving parents. He was an avid athlete playing several sports; favorites being football and baseball. Larry also loved muscle cars and motorcycles, especially Mopar and Harley Davidson. He graduated from Campbell High School in 1969 and then went on to achieve an Associate’s Degree in Arts from Middle Georgia College in 1971, and a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Recreation from the University of West Georgia in 1974.
Larry worked in athletics programming for over 25 years and he was instrumental in creating valuable and innovative programs for West Point and Fulton County, Georgia. He received several accolades for the youth and adult programs he created for these communities. Larry was named Citizen of the Year in 1985 by the Sandy Springs, Georgia Jaycees for his recreation work there. He also organized a recreational volleyball program in Cobb county that was renowned for its competitive level of play and professional organization. He ran in several marathons and ran in the annual Peachtree Road Race for 30 years. Larry lived near the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta, GA, and was a common sight hiking and jogging along the trails.
Larry met his life-long partner, Monelle McKay, in 1995 at a local Sushi restaurant. Monelle immediately recognized his love of nature after being introduced to several of his unusual pets including a rabbit, squirrel, rat, pigeon, and his favorite cat, Oscar who lived 21 years! Larry retired early and began his journey with Parkinson’s in 2006. He moved to Gainesville, Florida in 2008 where Monelle had moved for her work. Larry became a well-loved member of their wooded, close-knit neighborhood community. He worked tirelessly in several areas of the neighborhood creating beautiful, natural arrangements with rocks, wood, and plants.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his brother, Ronald Evans and his partner, Monelle McKay. He has many loving friends who have been partners in crime in his younger years, and supportive treasures during the latter part of his life in Gainesville, Florida. Heartfelt appreciation to the many wonderful caregivers and medical and support staff who helped him and Monelle in his journey. Especially the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases (University of Florida) in Gainesville, Florida.
A Green burial and graveside honoring will be held Tuesday, February 6th, 2024 at 11am at the Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery: 7204 SE County Road 234 Gainesville, FL 32641.
For those who wish, donations can be made to the following:.
Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery: https://www.prairiecreekconservationcemetery.org/support-pccc
Michael J. Fox Foundation: https://give.michaeljfox.org/give/489725/#!/donation/checkout