In Memory:

The following people were associated with the Evans Funeral Home and we would like to recognize them with this page of dedication...

Riley Evans

(Oct. 29, 1923-Dec. 5, 1998)


Affectionately known as 'Papaw' by family and staff alike, Riley Evans  was the father of Riley Joe, owner and his sister Judy.  Along with his wife Milford, Papaw was instrumental with the day to day operations of the Funeral Home when his son, Riley Joe, established it.  Riley could be seen almost daily at Evans Funeral Home, after his retirement from the coal mining industry.  He helped with many activities necessary to daily operations up until his health kept him from doing so. 

Odis Ratcliff
(Jan. 30, 1918-Jan. 15, 2014)

A few years ago, a very special man came into the lives of the family of Evans Funeral Home: Odis Ratcliff. He was a very special friend to, as he called her, 'Honey Granny' Milford Evans. Everyone at Evans consider him one of the finest men that we all had ever knew. 


His impact on the staff and family can not be overstated, as he always showed,  grace, love and a true Christian attitude, toward all.

Jerry M. Griffith

(December 14, 1938-August 12, 2000)

'Big Jerry', as we all knew him, was a funeral director that helped on a part-time basis at our firm. He was the former owner and operator of the Simpson-Chandler Funeral Home (now closed) in Charleston, WV.  After many years of service in the funeral industry, at various firms and in various capacities, Jerry came to Evans.


Jerry was famous for his sayings and is almost quoted daily at the firm, even to this day. His dedication to excellence, human compassion and professionalism influenced all of us that had the opportunity to work with Jerry.

Imogene was the wife of Paul and  the mother of Teresa Evans.  She was very dear to all that knew her and was greatly loved and appreciated by all the staff as well as her family.


She left behind her husband and family that never will forget her voice and words of advice.  She was an inspiration to many for her dignity and courage as she dealt with her illness in her last days.

Imogene Brewster

(Dec. 27, 1930-Aug. 4, 2003)

Paul Brewster

(June 9, 1929-February 5, 2015)

(December 30, 1963--May 29, 2016)

Wayne Meadows, Jr.

Junior, as he was affectionately known, was a long time employee of Evans, having started washing cars as a teen.  He became a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, and Crematory Operator in 2011.  Everyone associated with our firm found Junior's wit, compassion, and wisdom a refreshing aspect in our lives.

He leaves behind his wife of 30 years, Dee and daughter Constance and her husband Dave.  It would be safe to say he would want to include his entire family, that extends way beyond his blood relations, those of us at Evans, and his many dogs that gave him such joy.

Junior was an ordained minister and pastor and served faithfully in those capacities.  His ministry mindset carried over into his career and he displayed his love for Christ in every activity he put his hand to do.

He will be missed by the staff and family, but we know he is enjoying the joys of the Lord and sitting on a bank waiting for a glorious trout to bite.

Paul was the father of Teresa Evans and Grandfather of Staff member, Jordan (Teresa & Riley Joe's Son).  Paul was a man of great style and a very unique personality.


He is survived by his sons, Doug and Jerry (Vickie), daughters Gloria (Gene), Debra (Sarge), and Teresa (Riley Joe), sisters, Dorie and Esther, 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren.



Michael S. Raines

(Sept. 28, 1946-April 8, 2019

In 2019 we lost a very valuable asset and family member of the Evans Family.  Michael Raines, who is husband of Judy Evans Raines, had for many years filled in where needed at the the funeral home, even while working his full-time job.

Michael was retired from Lucent Technologies, a 1964 graduate of Hurricane High School, a veteran of the US Navy serving during the Vietnam Conflict, and was a member of the VFW and Communication Workers of America.

Michael is survived by his wife Judy Evans Raines, a 40 year employee of Evans Funeral Home, sons; Michael (Rebecca) Raines, Jr. of Hurricane and Christopher Riley Raines of Memphis, TN, daughter-in-law Cindy Raines of Beckley, WV, his grandchildren he adored; Stephen, Isaac, Sophia, Lilly, Suzie, Heather, and Katie, and 2 great grandchildren; Ella and Oliver, a host of nieces and nephews, special friends from England Pat and John Archer, and special friends he grew up with Dale and Shirley Lewis.

Mike's wit, intelligence, and love for his family and country will be remembered by the staff and family.

The folowing people were also very much a special part of Evans Funeral Home...

Roger Nelson (1949-2012)

Tony Greene (1968-2010)

Maurice F. Williamson (1937-2013)

Dale Andrew Windon (1945-2011)

William R. 'Bill' Stump (1928-2006)

John Ryland Garrett (1936-2019)