Hometown: Frankfort, KY (High)
Date of Birth: December 22, 1895
Date of Death: February 26, 1976
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Obituary - Retired Editor Of Herald Dies, Lexington Leader (February 26, 1976)
Evans, a native of Morehead, was owner and editor of the Pineville Sun for 30 years before joining The Herald as editor in 1956. He retired as Herald editor in 1967, and, in 1968, joined the F.L. Dupree & Co. Inc., an investment bond firm here, as director of public relations.
Most of Evans' life was devoted to the weekly newspaper business, but he also was active in the Democratic Party and in Kentucky parks development.
Evans served as publicity chairman for the late Sen. Alben W. Barkley in 1954 and for former Sen. Earle Clements in 1950.
Evans also was publicity chairman in the unsuccessful bid of Bert Combs for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 1950. Combs later was elected governor and it was reported that Evans was in line for a cabinet post, but declined to accept it.
Active in conservation projects, Evans' work resulted in four lakes being built in Bell County. From 1935 to 1950 he served as U.S. commissioner at Pineville. The lodge at Pine Mountain State Park is named in his honor.
A 1914 graduate of Frankfort High School, Evans graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1921. He later served on the UK Board of Trustees.
Evans also was a president of the Kentucky Press Association and the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival Association. He served on the Kentucky Medical Foundation Board and the Cardinal Hill Hospital Board of Managers.
Evans also was a member of Kiwanis Club, First United Methodist Church here, the Masons and Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Evans worked briefly with the Associated Press and the Louisville Courier-Journal in 1922 before purchasing the weekly newspaper in Bell County.
He had recently finished writing a book on the history of newspapers in Kentucky. It was to be titled "The Newspaper Press in Kentucky."
Bruce Denbo, director of the University Press of Kentucky, which is handling the book, said that the manuscript is in the process of evaluation which is expected to lead to its publication.
Henry Hornsby, editor of The Leader said: "Herndon Evans was loyal to many things. To friends, to church, to community and state. He was fiercely dedicated to his Democratic Party, and he brought enthusiasm and excitement to the profession of newspapering, which he served for so many years. Those of us privileged to know him well can but feel a personal loss in his death."
Thomas L. Adams, business manager of the Herald-Leader, said: "Herndon's death is a loss to journalism in the Commonwealth and particularly to the Kentucky Press Association. He played an active role in KPA throughout the years and never lost his interested in its meetings. He made many worthwhile contributions to the newspaper business and to the state, especially through his interest in the parks system. We at the Herald-Leader have lost a good friend."
Evans, son of the late John G. and Amelia R. Hamm Evans, is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Downing Evans; a daughter, Mrs. Baylor Landrum, Louisville; a brother, Cleff Evans, Frankfort; and a sister, Mrs. John Lester, Cincinnati.
The body will be taken to Pearsons Funeral Home, 149 Breckinridge Lane, Louisville. Services are tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.
Burial will be in Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation hours have not yet been scheduled.