Herman “Brink” Evans, Jr.
VIRGINIA BEACH- EVANS 1916-2009
CDR Herman “Brink” Evans, Jr. , US Navy Retired, age 92, of Virginia Beach, VA, died Tuesday evening, April 7, 2009 at Virginia Beach Healthcare and Rehab.
Son of the late Herman Evans and Edna M. Davis Evans, Brink was born in Hopkinton, MA on December 28, 1916. Raised in Harisville, RI, Brink studied at Rhode Island State College and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1941 with a degree in Business Administration.
Brink was an avid pilot whose flying career, Navy and civilian, spanned more than 50 years. He was also a competitive, gracious athlete who enjoyed ocean sailing, mountain skiing, and tennis his entire life. Golf, however, was his daily passion. He passed on his enthusiasm for the sport to his children and everyone who ever knew him. Taught by Ben Hogan personally, Brink preferred to walk the course and was shooting well under his age in recent years. Not surprisingly, he was invited as a young man to play golf in the Open de France representing the US Navy. The Navy fueled Brink’s second passion in life, flying.
Brink passed his Navy and Air Force flight exams as a sophomore, and later attended solo flight school in Atlanta, GA, becoming a Naval Aviator. Commissioned an Ensign in early 1942, Brink joined Air Group 26 aboard the carrier USS Sangamon. His tour of duty included two years as a fighter pilot in North Africa and the Pacific Islands. Among other honors, CDR Evans was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and a Presidential Citation.
After the war, he graduated from the US Naval Test Pilot’s Training School and earned a graduate degree from UCLA in aeronautical engineering. His service included testing the introduction of jets onto US Navy carriers. He retired as a Commander in the US Navy and embarked on a career in sales with Columbia Yachts, Blue Circle Atlantic, and Newmont Mining.
Brink’s fellow ensign in flight school, Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., introduced Brink to Helen Ramona Cuppia, daughter of Jerome and Helen Raymond Cuppia of Montclair, NJ, and they were wed in 1942. Together, they raised 5 children, and were one of the first residents of Birdneck Point in Virginia Beach, VA. After Ramona’s passing in 1978, Brink married Bonnie Camp and resided in New Bern, NC. A few years after Bonnie’s passing, he married in 1992 Jane Saunders LeCompte and returned to Virginia Beach.
Brink and Jane enjoyed traveling throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States together. Aspen was their favorite place to ski. They also shared many rounds of golf together and with friends and family at the Princess Anne Country Club, Wintergreen, and Hilton Head.
A brother, Paul Haring Evans, a flight surgeon in Hollywood, California, preceded Brink in death. He is survived by his wife, Jane LeCompte Evans; five children, Brink Cuppia Evans and wife Sylvia of North Bend, WA, Barry Davis Evans and wife Linda of New Bern, NC, Helen Evans Lewis and husband Jerry of Chattanooga, TN, Joy Raymond Evans of Reno, NV, and Edward Pierce Evans and partner David Roth of Atlanta, GA; 2 step-children, Kirkwood Adams LeCompte, and Jane LeCompte Yates; also 7 grandchildren, Jay Evans, Catherine Evans, Ben Evans, Kelly Ann Evans, Barry Paul Evans, Shawn Richard Helton, and Dawn Helton Vrhovac; and 5 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Galilee Episcopal Church, 3928 Pacific Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451.
A service and reception will be held April 15, 2009 at Galilee with The Very Reverend Kathleen M. Bobbitt officiating, and The Reverend Canon Jay Magness preaching at 3 o’clock. A private family burial will follow. Altmeyer Funeral Homes, Maestas Chapel 1801 Baltic Avenue, Virginia Beach is handling arrangements.
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