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In Memory of

Sophie Seal Evans

April 1, 1931 - October 11, 2016

Obituary


Sophie Ann Seal Evans passed away peacefully at her home on October 11th, 2016. Sophie was born April 1, 1931 in Blytheville, Arkansas to Tony Garret Seal and Sophie Evans Seal. Her family moved to New Orleans where her father was a power company executive. The family moved to Tenafly, New Jersey where she completed her high school education. After High School, Sophie enrolled at Averett College in Danville, Virginia, where she received a Liberal Arts degree. While at Averett, in lieu of taking Physical Education courses, Sophie gained permission to take flying lessons and...

Sophie Ann Seal Evans passed away peacefully at her home on October 11th, 2016. Sophie was born April 1, 1931 in Blytheville, Arkansas to Tony Garret Seal and Sophie Evans Seal. Her family moved to New Orleans where her father was a power company executive. The family moved to Tenafly, New Jersey where she completed her high school education. After High School, Sophie enrolled at Averett College in Danville, Virginia, where she received a Liberal Arts degree. While at Averett, in lieu of taking Physical Education courses, Sophie gained permission to take flying lessons and became the first student to solo in Averett's history. After Sophie soloed, Averett College offered flying as part of their curriculum, which later became the Averett University Flight Center. After graduating from college in 1952, she married her husband of 64 years, Frederick Aurelius "Rele" Evans. Her married life took her to Panama City, FL, Sioux City, IA, Los Angeles, CA, Seabrook, TX, Mobile, AL, and finally Mountain Brook, AL. Sophie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother throughout her life. Sophie was preceded in death by her father and mother, Tony Garret Seal and Sophie Evans Seal, her brother Taylor Garret Seal, Garett's wife Doris Seal, and Don Alan Heidbrier, her late son-in-law. She is survived by her loving husband Rele Evans, her children Sally Evans Heidbrier of Houston, Texas and John Taylor Evans (Louisa Brannan Evans) of Homewood, Alabama, (he is the chief developer of the Lane Parke Project in Mountain Brook, Alabama), her grand-children Carrie Lillian Heidbrier and Celia Evans Heidbrier, her brother Gill Evans Seal (Sally Stark Seal) and a wonderful group of lifelong friends. The family appreciates the loving care of Lisa and Bessie Lucas along with the staffs at Brookdale Retirement home and Greenbrier at Altamont. Visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 6 PM Sunday, October 16th at Ridout's Valley Chapel, 1800 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Alzheimer Association or a charity of your choice.