Tracy Monroe Evans, 93 of Walnut Ridge, died Thursday July 6, 2017 at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.
He was born July 30, 1923 in Grange, Arkansas to Grayson Eutah Evans and Ora Eva Voles Evans.
Tracy was a WWII Army veteran having served in five campaigns: Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe, Normandy, and Ardennes. He was awarded 5 Bronze Stars, a Bronze Star Medal, and was a Purple Heart recipient.
He worked as a district sales manager for Shoe Corp of America and is a member of the Church of Christ. Tracy was a resident of Lawrence County for 40 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Terry Evans; sisters, Jean Evans, Anita Rea, & Madelyn Cates; and great-grandchild, Kyla Star Williams.
Tracy is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Louise Evans; sons, Donald Tracy Evans, Steven Donald Evans, Paul Jerome Evans, and Caleb Eutah Evans, daughters, Doris Louise Gustin, and Gracie Evans; sisters, Thomy Tillman, Betty Clements, Billie Evans, and Wavie Watts; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Tuesday July 11, 2017 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge.
Funeral Services are Wednesday July 12, 2017 at 1:30 pm at House-Gregg Funeral Home with brother Rob Combs officiating.
Interment will be in the Clover Bend Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.
[The Jonesboro, Jonesboro, AR, Sun, Jul 11, 2017]
Tracy registered for the
draft in Walnut Ridge, AR on 30 June 1942 and was inducted into the Army
at Little Rock, AR 2 March 1943.on
Pvt Evans was transferred
from Hq The Parachute School, Fort Benning, GA to Hq 1st, 508th PIR on
26 October 1943.
On 20 March 1944, Pvt
Evans as transferred to the 29th Infantry Division.
He was wounded in Normandy
and apparently injured or lost the fourth toe of one foot when it was
struck by a bullet, He returned to duty in October 1944.
In February 1945, he was
struck by an artillery blast and suffered a brain injury. The
National Archives has withheld the specific diagnosis.
In May 1945 he was
discharged while a patient at a general hospital, presumably in the U.S.
undated press release announced the award of a Bronze Star Medal to
Tracy but unfortunately lacks details of when and how it was earned,