Mr. Forest L. Evatt, 91, of Yulee passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2020 in Jacksonville at Community Hospice, St. Vincent’s Riverside.
Born in Fernandina Beach, he was a son of the late Bert and Edna Cook Evatt. Mr. Evatt lived his entire life in Nassau County, mostly in the Chester Community.
In 1950 he met Ruth Warren in Jacksonville. She and her family ran a lunch counter near the Tallyrand docks and he met her while eating lunch there. They were married in 1954 and settled in on the Evatt family home in Chester. Their marriage would continue for 57 years, until her passing in 2010.
Through the years Mr. Evatt worked on a tug boat, worked for Duval Engineers and served as a Deputy Sheriff and State Game Warden in Nassau County. An avid fisherman, he and his wife also operated a shrimping and bait business for many years. Both he and Mrs. Evatt began work at Amelia Island Plantation in its earliest years and both continued there until their retirement in 2008. He was known as someone who took care of his family, was a hard worker and someone who could do almost anything, a true “Jack of All Trades.”
Along with his wife, he attended New Life Baptist Church. They were also members of the “Over the Hill Gang”, a camping group who traveled to many bluegrass festivals in the southeast.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Mr. Evatt was predeceased by his daughter, Iva Dean Lane in 1995.
He leaves behind his grandson, Brent Lane and his wife, Katie of Yulee; his sisters, Clara Bass and Betty Lou Hickox and her husband, James and a brother, Pete Evatt, all of Yulee, as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Mr. Evatt will be laid to rest beside his wife in Chester Cemetery in a family service. There are plans for a service to remember and celebrate his life with friends and members of the community at a later time when circumstances permit.