Don Evans, 71, worked as a contractor for 25 years before he started as the treasurer at his family's lumber company in 1984. He became president in 1995, when his father Walter D. "Pat" Evans passed away.
Don Evans' grandfather, W.A. "Gus" Evans, traded property with CSX and the city of South Charleston so that the lumber company he opened in 1929 could remain in the same location. First Street once ran through the lumber company's property but the city eventually moved it to its current location behind the family-owned business.
After 82 years in business, Evans Lumber Company in South Charleston will close its doors on March 30. President Don Evans said everything that does not sell will be donated to a pre-selected charity.
Gazette photo by LAWRENCE PIERCE.......'EVANSLUMBER1'.......8x5.65.......Evans Lumber closing.......3/21/12.......