Bill G. Evans


Billy Garfield Evans
Billy Garfield Evans

Bill G. Evans, 84, of Amarillo, Texas passed away on March 24, 2023.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 P.M., Friday, March 31, 2023, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church with the Reverend Beverly Couzzourt officiating. Reception will follow the service. Inurnment will be at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Columbarium.

Bill was born in Big Spring, Texas on October 28, 1938, to Layla and Earl Evans. He married Judith Butler in Dallas, Texas in 1961.

Bill graduated from Big Spring High School and went on to attend North Texas University where he received his bachelor’s degree and his master’s degree in music. He also served in the United States Army.

Bill was a music professor at West Texas A&M University, teaching and performing for 43 years. He was also an accomplished composer with works for solo, ensemble, liturgical, and theatrical performance. His love of music was a lifelong passion, finding many forms of expression from transcribing a favorite recording as a gift, composing/arranging music for get-togethers with friends, developing practice pieces for his grandchildren, or setting favorite poems to music.

Service to his community, church, and friends was important to Bill. He was an active member of the Kiwanis Club and freely donated his musical gifts to the church. He also loved inventing word games, which his friends have enjoyed and passed down over the years.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Evans, of the home; daughters, Shavawn Parduhn (husband Charles), Katherine “Kit” Ciura, and Jocelyn Carrillo (husband Abel); grandchildren, Angela, Lawrence, Nicholas, Kathleen, Marla, Evan, Benjamin, Keegan, Sophia, and Andra; and five great-grandchildren.

9 Replies to “Bill G. Evans”

  1. May God welcome my uncle Bill home. May the family be at peace that he is with the Lord, that he is with his family who passed before him,
    I have very fond memories of my uncle. He was my dad’s favorite!

  2. Judith, I heard before leaving town Sunday….and am so sorry for you, and sorry also that I’ll be at the funeral only in prayers. I’m sorry Bill and Hunter never got together with word games….

    Love, mary

  3. Bill was a unique individual who I had the pleasure of knowing the past 25 years. I’ve played poker with him and shot pool with him. He had a wry sense of humor that reflected his depth of knowledge on many subjects. At each executive meeting of Kiwanis, he would bring a favorite Far Side cartoon that brought a chuckle to all there. Besides having a sense of humor, he was well read in many different areas including philosophy, of which we would have discussions while working the ticket line at the football games. I will miss him at the next poker game.

    1. I’m so sorry to hear this. We loved Bill and always admired his enormous talents. A great loss.
      Judith, I’m sending love, sympathy and prayers for you.
      Sincerely, Anne Northcutt

  4. Bill was a very kind man and loved to tell jokes. He will be missed. My prayers are with Judith and their family. Love Julie Marler

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