JAMES DELANO EVANS\n\nDecember 6, 1932 - October 13, 2021\n\nJames Delano Evans, fondly known as Sonny, passed on peacefully in his sleep on October 13, 2021 in Richmond, VA, the town that he loved.\n\nJames Evans was born on December 6, 1932 to James and Maggie Evans in Richmond, VA. He was the second of five siblings, Jannie Pearl Evans Skinner, Beauregard Nathaniel Evans, Juanita Evans Sykes, and Charles Woolridge Evans.\n\nUpon graduation from Maggie L. Walker High School 1952, he served honorably in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1956, and the U.S. Navy Reserves where he served until 1960. He was the proud recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal.\n\nHe met Louise Sinkler in 1951 and married her in May of 1955 in Richmond. Their first child, Larry Nathanial Evans was born in 1956. Shortly thereafter, the young family moved to Washington, D.C. where their second child, Deborah Renee' Evans was born in 1957. He took a position in the D.C. Fire Department where he was employed for 37 years. In his final assignment prior to retirement, he worked in the D.C. Police Department Arson Division.\n\nJames was a loving and considerate family man. He was devoted to his immediate family and patriarch for his extended family. Fondly known as Uncle Sonny, he was the go-to confidante and advisor to all. He and Louise had an active social life, both frequently entertaining in their home and attending numerous social events.\n\nJames was always there to lend a kind word and put people at ease by adding perspective. One of his favorite sayings was,"100 years from now, it's not going to make a difference." He was joy-bringer and was most happy when he was interacting with his many friends and large family. He was a member of First Independence Methodist Church, a church that his father founded and helped build.\n\nJames is survived by his wife, Louise Evans of 67 years, two children, Larry Nathanial Evans and Deborah Renee' Evans, three grandchildren, Larry Brandon Evans, Rafael Fernando Evans, and Leon Thomas Jackson III. He leaves behind five great grandchildren, Laniyyah D. Elam, Argenay Chase, Rafael Ciyrus Delano Evans, Rafael Nathaniel Evans, and Royal Queen Evans. He is survived by one sister-in-law Shirley Evans. He is also survived by nephews, Roy Skinner, Beauregard Evans, James Sykes, Kevin Evans and Samuel Sykes; and nieces, Janice Skinner Wilford, Gwendolyn Skinner, Vicki Evans Coward, Nita Evans Burden, and Roslyn Evans. A host of family members and friends will miss him dearly.\n\n\n\nFuneral service will be held on Friday, October 22, 2021 at 1:30 PM at Mimms Funeral Home, 1827 Hull St. Interment Maury Cemetery.