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  1. Vicki Chritton-Myers
    August 19, 2012 @ 11:14 pm

    Prayers sent to all who knew him. He will be missed by many. May he rest in peace.

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  2. Robert Case
    August 20, 2012 @ 8:13 am

    This was a tremedous loss to the City of West Plains and to all that knew him. I have never met anyone that was as dedicated to his community as Joe Paul. He was not only a great leader, but also a great friend. My prayers go out to his family and the many friends that he made throughout the years. We will truly miss you J.P.

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  3. Barbara Cook
    August 20, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    So sorry for the loss of such a wonderful person. Prayers to the family. May Gods arms surround all of you and hold you close. Joe Paul will be greatly missed in our community.

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  4. Arlee Home Fashions/Renee Whiteside
    August 20, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

    We are so saddened to hear about Mayor Evans passing. He was a great friend to our Arlee Family for many, many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family through this difficult time. Joe will be missed greatly.

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  5. James Looney
    August 20, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

    I’ve known Joe Paul since 1964 when I moved here and worked next door to him. He always had a smile and a friendly greeting. He was such an asset to our city and will be truly missed. Our prayers go to his family who are very special people. May God Bless and keep you in his care.

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  6. Garland Barton
    August 20, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    Joe was great leader, community contributor and friend. His sacrifice of time and hard work brought growth and development to West Plains. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and tremendous number of friends. Joe will be missed, but not forgotten!

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  7. Mallory Thompson
    August 20, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

    What an exceptional man Joe Paul Evans was! I am so honored to say I have worked with him! He was a great friend and mentor to me. I’ve never met anyone else who loved West Plains quite like he does. Incredible man and incredible loss. We are so sorry for the loss of our sweet Mayor. Prayers are with you all!

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  8. Marideth Sisco
    August 20, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

    There is a new star in heaven tonight, one I am certain shines especially bright over Joe Paul’s beloved West Plains. We have long been the beneficiaries of his great stout spirit. Bright blessings to him as he goes to his well earned rest. His community will hold him in their hearts for a long, long time. And may peace and sweet memories ease his family’s grief, that and the confidence that as he passed from the ties of this world, Helen and his Maker were there to meet him in the next.

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  9. Jim Matlock
    August 20, 2012 @ 9:59 pm

    I had the honor of working for Joe Paul Evans for 10 years at Evans Mens Wear on Washington Avenue. He was a great Man to work for and had a very positive effect on my life. He will be greatly missed by many and my prayers go out to his Children, Randy, Susan and David. They can be very proud of their Father. He was truly a great person.

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  10. Hassel and Alice Vandergriff
    August 21, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    We wish to express our condolences to Mr. Evans’ family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

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  11. Steve Evans
    August 21, 2012 @ 9:39 am

    Prayers to family. Great leader who represented the best of West Plains. He will be missed.

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  12. Jim Anderson
    August 21, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    West Plains, our state, and our country have lost a giant. He was such a great friend to so many. He did the right thing. He believed and invested in others. He loved his community. His life is a legacy of service to others!

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  13. Diane Thompson Anthony
    August 21, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    Susan and the rest of Joe Paul’s family – Your dad was a big part of my childhood and I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great guy and i know you’ll miss him so very much. He obviously did a fantastic job of raising his family and had a right to be proud of you all. A bitter sweet congratulations to you on your marriage Susan. Take care!

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  14. Carolyn West
    August 21, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    Thoughts and Prayers are with all of you.

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  15. Jennifer Miller
    August 21, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

    I have had the honor and privledge of not only assisting Mayor Evans at the office, but becoming his friend. He was a fantastic person, whom I am very fortunate to have known. He will be deeply missed, not only by me, but all those he has touched in life. To his family, I am very sorry for your loss! You will all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  16. Jan Howard
    August 21, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

    So sorry to hear pf the passing of Joe Paul Evans., a kind and caring man who was a credit to his family and his community. My heatfelt sympathy to his family and many friends. I know he will be missed greatly.

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  17. Dan Thompson
    August 21, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

    Joe Paul and Helen were amoung my parents closest friends and our families were very close. Gary, Randy, Susan and David “Judge” Evans were almost brother and sister to us. I worked for Joe Paul at Evans Mens Clothing during my senior year in high school and have many memories of that time. He was a wonderful person and good boss. He was great for West Plains and we will all miss him.

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  18. Jerry Harvey
    August 21, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

    Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  19. Mike and Diana Pace
    August 21, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

    We want to extend our deepest sympathy to the Evans family. Joe was a good man, and he will certainly be missed.

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  20. Harry and Julie Chapin
    August 21, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

    Joe Paul will be missed by many. . .RIP. A life well lived, a race well run. . .

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  21. The Barton Family Jeff Carol Joshua Shelby and Sidney
    August 21, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

    Prayers and condolences for you all . Thank you for all the years of service that you family has given and for the many years to come .

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  22. rose sloan
    August 22, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    David: I am so sorry for the lost of your father and our mayor of west plains. My thoughts are with the whole family and God be with you all during your time of loss.

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  23. Joanne Lowe
    August 23, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    Dear Susan and siblings: my heart and prayers go out to you in the loss of your beloved dad. We met your famliy shortly after moving to W.P. in 1962 among the very first we met of many and quickly became friends .
    The memories of many good times will all remain. Susan, my heart especially goes out to you as I know how close you and your dad were to each other. My condolences to all of you and to Steve and Kathy – He was very proud of all of you.

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  24. John Negri
    August 23, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

    My condolences to the family. I feel with Joe Paul’s passing it is also the end of an era. A shame people like Joe Paul are the exception as they do so much good. Rest in peace Joe Paul.

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  25. Dale and Jan Rickert
    August 24, 2012 @ 5:29 am

    Joe Paul was truly an ambassador for the city of West Plains. He cared about his community and he was always interested in and supportive of the businesses and organizations that were a part of the community. He always had time to inquire about how things were going. During the five years that we lived in West Plains we saw and appreciated the leadership that he brought to the community. Our sympathies to the Evans family and to the West Plains community.

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  26. Bob and Sonja Boudreau
    August 24, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    Our deepest sympathy to the family. Joe paul Evans was a great leader and person. He will be greatly missed. Prayers to all of you. Bob and Sonja Boudreau

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  27. David and Joyce Christopher
    August 24, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

    Susan, Randy, David and Families – Sorry for your loss. There will always be only one JP. He was, like you are, a good friend.

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  28. David Black
    August 25, 2012 @ 7:52 am

    I first met Joe Paul in 1959 when he said, “You’ll love it here. West Plains is a great place to live.” Thru the years he never varied from that belief. West Plains and South Central Missouri are much the better for his hard work and dedication to the improvement of the area. His selfless determination to make West Plains more that just a spot on a map will be remembered by historians as they look back on the progressive years of the city. Thanks Joe Paul for all you did. God’s Speed.

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  29. Bill Weaver
    August 25, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. West Plains has truly lost a very dear friend. RIP Mayor Evans.

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