Senior Spotlight 4/5
Gerald Evans was born in August of 1954 in Richland County, to James Avery and Louise Walker Evans. Mr. Evans father was serving as a juror in Greenville on the federal grand jury when it was time for his birth. His mother was driven to the hospital by Dr. JB Floyd. Danny as he prefers to be called, attended Mt. Zion and other schools in Fairfield County. Danny was active with 4-H and FFA. He served a number of years and was president. He worked with AD Boggs at the Clemson Extension, who taught him about landscaping. His love of landscaping led him to start Evans and Company, a lawn and tree service. The company is currently managed by his nephew Andy. Danny has also been active with the timber business, cutting pulpwood, logging, and selling firewood. Danny states he had 149 customers at one time. At one point, Danny even drove a school bus. Anything to help make a nickel.
One of Danny’s greatest joys is helping the elder ladies in the community. He is an active member of Concord Presbyterian Church. The church is over 220 years old. Danny took the lead on renovations for the church. There are currently only 6 active members. Danny’s siblings include: James, John, Tim, Mac (deceased), and his sister Carol. While working on a landscaping job, Danny received and injury which led to his hospital stay at MUSC. While hospitalized he lost his ability to work. He had his left leg amputated which led to his admission to Pruitt Health Ridgeway for extensive therapy. Danny has made lots of friends while at the facility and he still looks out for the senior ladies!
Danny is no stranger to the citizens of Fairfield County. He has played Santa for a number of years. He was in nine cities in one day playing the role of Santa. His family and church family are very involved. The church was instrumental in adding a ramp to his home. Danny states tearfully, one of his greatest accomplishments was learning to get down on his knee and praise God for all he has done through all of his trials and temptations. He states God took his hand and led him all the way.