The Port Arthur News
PORT ARTHUR —
Port Arthur said good-bye to the man who was arguably the greatest basketball player in Southeast Texas history Saturday morning with memorial services at the First Sixth Street Baptist Church.
Earl Evans, 57, who died of a heart attack Dec. 24 in Edmond, Oklahoma, was saluted with remarks from his former teammate Alfred Comeaux, Port Arthur News sports editor Bob West and Evans’ Lincoln High School coach, James Gamble.
The Rev. Thurman Bartie presided over the service and delivered a moving sermon with Evans as the centerpiece. Proclamations from Evans’ Lincoln class of 1974 and Port Arthur mayor Deloris Prince were read. Evans’ niece, Brittany Williams, spoke on behalf of the family.
The City of Port Arthur proclamation read as follows:
WHEREAS, Earl Joseph Evans, II, was born on Nov. 11, 1955, to Earl Sr., and Gertha L. Evans; and,
WHEREAS, a 1974 graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School, Evans was a three-year letterman in basketball, averaging 28 points and 19 rebounds per game. In 1974, he was the Texas High School Player of the Year, a parade All-American and was ranked as the second best player in the nation behind Moses Malone; and,
WHEREAS, he was selected to play in the national high school All-star games in New York and Kentucky. in 1995, he was selected to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame; and,
WHEREAS, Earl signed with the University of Southern California right out of high school and later transferred to the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. He went on to play for the Detroit Pistons; and,
WHEREAS, Earl Joseph Evans, II, was loved by many and he will forever hold a special place in our hearts. He was, without a doubt, a great basketball player; but, moreover, he was a kind and loving brother, uncle and friend.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Deloris “Bobbie” Prince, Mayor of Port Arthur, Texas, do hearby proclaim January 5, 2013, will always be remembered as
“Earl Joseph Evans, II, Day” in the City of Port Arthur and ask all citizens to join me celebrating the life of our hometown son, Earl Joseph Evans, II. — Deloris Prince, Mayor.