Evans Virgil Heath

Evans Virgil Heath, 89, passed away peacefully March 4, 2013, in his home in Destin, with his loving family by his side. He was born in Waynesboro, Ga., on May 22, 1923.

He graduated from Waynesboro High School in 1940 and attended and graduated from Georgia Tech, class of 1943, with a BSEE in electrical engineering. He served in Army Intelligence during WWII.

He worked for AT&T communications his whole life/career, living in many different cities, and retiring in 1984 in Wyckoff, N.J., as an engineering director/vice president.

He moved to Destin from New Jersey in 1997. He owned a condo at Jetty East on Holiday Isle that he bought back in the 70's. He loved and cherished it so much that he rode over there everyday about three times to "check out what was going on!"

He took great pride in being a amateur radio operator, talking to people all over the world. One of his greatest passions, which he passed on to his daughter, was football. Pro team NY Giants, and College, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets ... as a season ticket holder he hardly ever missed a home game.

He had a very special bond with his daughter, his only child and went above and beyond dad duties. He also enjoyed and excelled in the game of golf until his knees wouldn't permit him to play anymore. Fishing was also a favorite pastime.

As a devout Methodist Christian, he was a member of Destin United Methodist Church for the past 16 years. Going to McDonald's every single morning to meet with his friends, "the coffee club," was the highlight of his day as well as The Golden Corral for lunch, where he knew and made so many friends. He also was a member of a group called "The Crispy Warriors," WW II vets who meet at Another Broken Egg restaurant every Thursday morning.

Evans was a good, sweet, kind and very generous gracious person noted by all. People referred to him as a true fine southern gentleman. He had one of the biggest hearts and warmest smiles. His very strong will to live kept him going until it was God's calling for his final resting place.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, love of his life, Joy Rita Pillittere Heath on Dec. 1,1995, and his second wife, Madlyn Holsberg Heath in 2009.

He is survived by his only daughter, Rachel Joy Heath and her fiancÚ, Doug Haldane, both of Destin; brother, Dr. James Oliver, and wife, Sue, of Statesboro, Ga.; niece, Mary Earle Massie of Richmond, Va.; niece, Florence Suzanne Mills; and nephew, Evans Heath Massie.

A graveside service was held March 8 at Magnolia Cemetery in Waynesboro, Ga.

A Memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. April 22 at Destin United Methodist Church.

A very special thanks to Amedisys Home Health, Synergy Home Care, caregivers, Denise Jackson and Renee Longstreet,  who was like part of the family and loved so much, Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home, in Statesboro, Ga., Davis Watkins Funeral Home, and Emerald Coast Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer's Association or the American Cancer Society.