Former longtime mayor of Farmville passes away, Celebration of Life Service Tuesday

FARMVILLE, N.C. (WITN) -Friends and family are remembering the former longtime mayor of Farmville who passed away Friday.

Family members say Robert Evans, who was 88, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones.

Evans was first elected mayor in November of 1997, an office he held for 20 years.

During his time on the board, he guided Farmville’s recovery efforts from Hurricanes Floyd and Irene.

He was vital in creating the Walk of Knowledge and he saw out his vision to build the Millennium Fountain that sits on the Town Commons, which is now recognized in his honor.

In 2004 he was named Farmville’s Citizen of the Year. In 2019 he was presented The Order Of The Long Leaf Pine.

He was a 1954 graduate of Farmville High School and received an Associate Degree in Industrial Technology from PCC and a Tax Accountant Degree from Massey Technical Institute.

Evans also served in the Army from 1956 – 1958.

He worked at E.I. DuPont from 1954 -1992 as a Production Planning Specialist and later at Trade Oil Company from 1993 – 1999 as a Fuel Auditor and Environmental Compliance Manager.

Evans was a member of Farmville First Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon, a Trustee, Church Moderator and taught Sunday School.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. at Farmville First Baptist Church, 3653 E. Wilson Street, Farmville with visitation to be held Monday, April 15 from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. in the Farmville First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Farmville First Baptist Church at P. O.Box 34, Farmville, N.C. 27828