Jack Bussey Evans

June 23, 1955 - May 8, 2020
Jack Bussey Evans

Jack Bussey Evans, of Wilmington, North Carolina, born on June 23, 1955, passed peacefully on May 8, 2020, surrounded by family and friends after a valiant struggle with his heart transplant and kidney disease.

He was the son of the late Jackie and Howard Evans. He leaves behind his loving wife of 43 years, Yolanda Strickland Evans, and three wonderful daughters: Sara Evans of Durham, NC, Leslie Evans of Raleigh, NC, and Jessica Evans (Chris Panucci) of Charlotte, NC who will miss him deeply. He was blessed with an amazing older sister, Ramona Spencer and family, his loving niece Kristen and James Hatcher, nephew Brian and Tracy Spencer, niece Ava, and his namesake and nephew, Jack, and his sisters in law Rhonda (Dwight Gainey and family) and Sondra (Bob Baty and Family).

He was a man with many special friends that became family: Linda and Jim Scott and their son Michael, and Jack’s God son Matthew, Carol and Bill Sellars, Judy and Ray Funderburk III, and too many more amazing friends to list.

Jack grew up in Hallsboro, NC, a nature lover from the start. He was an Eagle Scout that could solve most problems, an avid golfer, rugby player and coach, and spent every possible free moment on the boat with his family and friends on Lea Island.

He loved sports, but especially high school and collegiate wrestling, which he lettered in at Hoggard High School and Campbell College. He discovered the brotherhood of Cape Fear Rugby after college, making many more friends that would become family, and eventually coaching the UNCW Rugby team. He was a lifelong, and often heartbroken, NC State Wolfpack fan. He watched many State-Carolina games as Yolanda cheered passionately for the Tar Heels by his side. He worked at General Electric for over 30 years, forming deep and lasting friendships with co-workers, who will always be “Friends of Jack.”

Jack lived life to the fullest with his tough, fighting spirit and had a deep love of the sea. He requested his ashes be returned to the place he loved the most. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, he would want you to “use it up and wear it out”.

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  • May 11, 2020
    April Radford says:
    Yolanda, I am so sorry for you & your girls to hear this news. I hope the fond memories & knowing he is in a better place help you through the days. You will be in my thoughts & prayers. Sending you a hug and lots of love. Peace be with you. April (CFCOG)

  • May 10, 2020
    Mark LeGwin says:
    I was deeply saddened to hear of Jack's passing. My sincere thoughts and prayers are with Yo and the girls, and all of Jack's dear family and friends. I'm struggling to remember exactly where I first met Jack. He was just one of those friends that seemed to have been three forever, and he was there for you , and you knew it. I learned early on with Jack that if he did not agree with your views, he would let you know really quick, but he appreciated others opinions even if they were wrong!! Too many good memories to share here, but one that sticks out the most was years ago when we played golf at Myrtle Beach in the summer and the Fall. Jack quit playing on the Fall trips. When i asked him why he quit he said I can't go spend money on myself so close to Christmas, and still tell my girls that I can't afford their Christmas wishes. That was Jack.

  • May 10, 2020
    Middy says:
    Jack was a uplifter and welcomed me to my first Cape Fear Rugby practice in the Fall of 1983. He took me under his wing in acceptance of my 18 years old naiviety of the game and life. He always was giving his knowledge and encouragement to me and for that I am forever grateful! Truly a "man at the gates"...till we score tries again my man! Middy

  • May 10, 2020
    Melissa Sacknoff says:
    I will miss Jack deeply. Sending lots of love your way.

  • May 09, 2020
    Connie Griffin says:
    Yolanda and girls, We were so sorry to hear about Jack. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.Love to you all. Connie and Randy Griffin