William Lawrence Evans Jr., son of the late William L. and Velma Mae Jackson Evans, was born at Fairview on Jan. 7, 1927 and died at the Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter on Dec. 28, 2001, at the age of 74. Mr. Evans had spent his entire life in Stoddard County and was a resident of Bloomfield at the time of his passing. He was a retired employee of the Missouri State Highway Department, a member of the Fairview Methodist Church and a veteran of the United States Army, serving in World War II. He was united in marriage to Geraldine Simmers on April 17, 1948, she survives of the home in Bloomfield. Besides his wife, he is survived by one son, Larry Evans of Bloomfield; one brother, Kenneth Evans of Cypress, Texas; and one sister, Carros Worley of Bloomfield. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Jim Evans; and by two sisters, Wanda Pobst and Maurene Box. Visitation was held at the Chiles-Cooper Funeral Home in Bloomfield from 6 - 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 30. Funeral services were conducted in the Chiles-Cooper Funeral Chapel on Monday, Dec. 31, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Bill Fox officiating. Interment followed in the Fairview Cemetery near Puxico with Chiles-Cooper Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.