Thomas Dwyte Evans, 75, of Winona passed away on October 22, 2019, at St. Dominic's Hospital in Jackson.
A celebration of life service was held Thursday, Oct. 24, at Moore Memorial Methodist Church in Winona at 3 p.m. Visitation began at noon at the church. Rev. Art Land and Rev. Chad Bowen officiated the services.
There was a private burial at Oakwood Cemetery in Winona, and Dr. Tom Elkin officiated the committal service.
Dwyte was born on October 1, 1944, to Thomas Jefferson and Carrie Sue Black Evans. He was a wartime baby and was 13 months old when his Daddy saw him for the first time.
Mr. Evans, a Jackson native, had been a resident of Winona since 1974.
Dwyte graduated high school at Provine in Jackson. He attended Meridian Junior College and Mississippi State University before joining the U.S. Air Force, where he spent four years. During his time in service, his most memorable stations were Gunter Air Base in Montgomery, Alabama, and H3 Radar site in Iceland.
Dwyte spent a year and nine days in Iceland on this remote radar site. He wrote his mother and told her to go out in the yard and look at a tree for him. He had remained active with the radar group of fifty-plus years in reunions. Dwyte and Sandra put together the 2019 reunion in St. Louis and were working on the 2020 reunion in Indianapolis.
He worked in the farming business and cotton ginning, and earned his electrician certification before going to work at Georgia Pacific in Grenada. When GP closed, he retired, then earned his HVAC certification and began to use some of his skills around the community. He sorta became the go-to man with friends and relatives, but he did not paint.
Dwyte married his best friend Sandra, on August 18, 1972, and to their union, they raised two sons and enjoyed all the activities that came with. As of late, they enjoyed some traveling, antiquing,and tailgating at Mississippi State.
He was predeceased by his parents and one brother, Robert Benton Evans.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sandra Land Evans; sons, Thomas J. Evans III, his wife, Rhonda, and Sandy Kenneth Evans, his wife, Rachel; and one brother, W. David Evans, and his wife, Pam. He also leaves behind his nieces, nephews, and cousins whom he loved dearly.
Pallbearers were Thomas J. Evans III, Sandy Evans, Ricky Bullard, Larry Austin, Walter Oliver,and Russ Markle. Honorary pallbearers were Shirley and Bobby Oliver, Donna and Dennis Markle, Phyllis Usher, Wanda Land, Nicky Clark, Billy Deviney, Marshall Estes, Pam and Tee Golding, Rebecca and Tommy Golding, Nancy and Doug King, Elbert Land Jr., Donald "Red" Lea, and Sue Stidham.