Thomas Rice Evans, Jr.

April 5, 1923 - November 2, 2021
Wright & Ford Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, "A Life Celebration Home"
38 State Highway 31
Flemington, NJ 08822
908-782-3311 | Map
Thursday 11/11, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Quakertown United Methodist Church
1187 Croton Road
Flemington, NJ 08822
908-735-5870 | Map
Saturday 11/13, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Everyone is kindly asked to arrive at the church beginning at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, November 13, 2021
Hazel Wood Cemetery
64 Lake Avenue
Colonia, NJ 07067
732-381-2200 | Map
Saturday 11/13, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

A committal service will be held at the Vander Hoven Chapel within the cemetery to which all are welcome.

Thomas Rice Evans, Jr., age 98 years, of Franklin Township, NJ, passed away peacefully on November 2, 2021, surrounded by his loved ones. Born in Rahway, NJ, April 5, 1923, son of the late Thomas Rice, Sr. and Bessie Conger Evans, Tom lived on his sixty acre family farm on Lake Avenue, Clark, NJ whichContinue Reading

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Dr. Beverly Busch left a message on December 13, 2023:
I had the privilege of teaching Tom Evans as one of my first students at Zarephath Bible Institute, Somerset, NJ in ca 2020. He was so kind, industrious, genuine, generous, authentic, and seeking God's truth. He loved to learn. He was so patient with me, humble, self-effacing, and sincere. In retrospect, I can't believe that I had the temerity to grade him (he was an excellent student! ). Eventually, our friendship grew and my husband and I went to visit his farm and enjoyed our times together. God alone directs our steps and guides our paths. I know Tom is in Heaven with our Father and I can only hope to meet him there once again! What joy and a reunion it will be!
Tricia Profit-Kuhn, Ohio Northern University left a message on November 17, 2021:
I have come to know Tom over the last few years as he was a graduate of Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. What a wonderful, kind and generous man. His impact will be felt at the University forever and we are all proud of the amazing life he lived. Our heartfelt sympathies to those who will miss his presence everyday.
Terry Wright left a message on November 10, 2021:
I'd passed his farm on the Croton Road probably hundreds of times but never met Tom until recently. I chatted with him by phone just a few months ago to get some statistics about his farm for my U.S.D.A. research job. Although he said he was in poor health and unable to farm himself any more, we had a long and pleasant conversation about his farming, past construction work, how Franklin Township has changed in his time here and other things. I'm so glad to have finally talked with him. My condolences to all his clan.
Katherine Smith, Cousin left a message on November 9, 2021:
Cousin Tommy was a hero in our Rahway families. As kids, the Pearson and Donovan cousins spent many fun times at the Evans home on West Lake Avenue. This vintage photo is the Conger girls--Aunt Bessie's sisters. Back row left, is our grandmother, Kate Conger Mailer. Sassy Aunt Hester sports a pistol, and I am not sure which one is Aunt Bessie. Maybe Meg can figure it out. Tommy was the last of our family who knew our grandmother's generation; He loved to tell us stories about the aunties and our parents when they were young and courting. He loved to keep up with us and he had special relationship with Gene Lindacher, a dear cousin who passed just two weeks before his buddy, Tommy. The boys in our families worked for Tommy and Uncle Tom during the summers, a growth and learning experience for which they were always grateful. I am sorry that Tommy suffered near the end. He was a kind and righteous man, so wise and intelligent. But we will share good times again in heaven. One thing is certain, we are better people for having him in our family and knowing him as a friend. Tommy Evans will be missed as long as we live.
Russell Blackwell left a message on November 8, 2021:
My deepest and most sincere thoughts and prayers going out to your family. Hug each other tight…
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Janice Hoffman left a message on November 7, 2021:
I will always remember Tom as a wonderful man who cared so much for others. He had a friendly upbeat positive attitude and always asked how others were doing. He was willing to participate in the church activities. His personality drew you in. He will be missed.
Pete Warchol, Tom's nephew left a message on November 6, 2021:
He added to my life in so many ways! He taught me how to drive, on a Ferguson tractor. We watched the moon landing together, with my Aunt Margie. He taught me about PC computers and I became an IT consultant. He taught me about investing and I retired early. My childhood was filled with great memories of farming, raising cattle, snowmobiling, planting gardens with Tom and my dad, but mostly endless long conversations about life! There is a huge hole in my life now, but I'm grateful for a lifetime of wonderful memories!
Robert McGeary left a message on November 4, 2021:
Oh, Tom Evans, I and many friends enjoyed your company and spark in and around Franklin Township. Your smile is easy to recall, even now with this passing. To those who survive him, you have my condolences, of course, but please know that Tom had quite a sense of humor with me and my friends. I leave you with this poem: But a Candle (Poetnotumm /Copyright ©2021 RPMcGeary. All Rights Reserved.) In human life, death is not one’s end. It is but putting out a candle As the Dawn is here. All planet life is born to the seasons, Measured thru cycles, lives grow; Thru mornings, sunsets and starlights: All rise, flourish then go; But this soul in us t’is free of cycles: The end of days no need we doubt It’s the Dawn, awaken rested To the wide, most wonderful you.
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