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John Ignatius Evans, 83, of Lexington Park died April 6, 2012, at Chesapeake Shores Nursing Center.

Born July 10, 1928, in Great Mills, he was the son of the late Arthur and Mary Violet Bowles Evans.

He retired from the State Highway Administration.

He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed his retirement playing cards, gardening and working on lawn mowers.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Jean Bell Evans; three daughters, Brenda Hammett (Mike) of St. Maryís City, Carol Johnson (Robbie) of Hollywood and Fae Horsley (Shawn) of Holly Ridge, N.C.; five grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Alta Saunders, Edna Cameron, Leona Bacon and Gertrude Shepherd; and his brothers, Bernard S. Evans, Birchman Evans, Charles Evans and Leroy Evans.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, April 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown, where prayers will be recited at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, April 11, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Face Catholic Church in Great Mills. The Rev. Joseph Calis will be the celebrant. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Maryís, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650.