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February 14, 2014

Dr. Ralph Neil Evans

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Dr. Ralph Neil Evans, 91, of 300 Abbony Lane in Princeton died Friday, February 7, 2014 at the residence of his daughter in Charlottesville, VA, with his daughter Melinda at his side.

He was born in Belton, WV on September 11, 1922 to Ralph Waldo Evans and Nellie Francis Grandon Evans. Ralph graduated from Cameron High School in 1941 and joined the Army in 1942. During his Army service he continued his education, attending Concord College and later the University of Pittsburgh, PA, graduating with a degree in Dentistry in 1947. While in Pittsburgh he met and married Hattie Jane Ansill. Dr. Evans began his first dental practice in Welch, WV but later moved his practice to Princeton where he continued practicing dentistry until his retirement in 1987. Upon retirement, he and his wife Hattie settled in Palm Springs, CA where he lived until her death in 1998. Dr. Evans then relocated back to Princeton and made his home with his son Dean and wife Judi until the end of 2010. Since that time, Dr. Evans had been spending time with his daughter Melinda and son-in-law, Michael Sprinkel in Charlottesville, VA. Dr. Evans was a former member of the American Dental Association, the Princeton-Athens Kiwanis Club and the Elks Club. He most recently served as a deacon at the Princeton Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed the great outdoors and loved gardening, boating and times with his family and friends at Claytor Lake, VA. Dr. Evans participated in two different mission trips to Nicaragua to provide dentistry to the underprivileged.

Left to cherish his memory are three children and their spouses: Melinda and Michael Sprinkel of Charlottesville, VA, Randy and Carol Evans of Crofton, MD, and Dr. Dean and Judi Evans of Princeton; nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and his special friend Tom Prendergast of Fairmont, WV.

A viewing will be held at Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, February 15, 2014 with funeral services beginning at 1:00 PM with Rev. Ed Pettus officiating.

Entombment will follow at Roselawn memorial Gardens Mausoleum with the Mercer County Veterans Honor Guard conducting military graveside rites.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Samaritan Medical Missions, C/O Heaven Sent Ministries, PO Box 5392, Princeton, WV 24740, or Appalachian Teen Challenge, PO Box 980, Athens, WV 24712, or Princeton Presbyterian Church, 1809 W. Main St., Princeton, WV 24740.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the Evans family.

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