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Forest L. Evatt

Forest L. Evatt

May 27, 1928 - April 15, 2020     Age: 91

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.  


17 Condolences

  • Alvin Wilson Posted April 16, 2020 7:05 pm

    God bless the memory of Forest.we lived across the road from him when we worked at Nassau Baptist Temple in Yulee Florida.

  • Shirley seelye Posted April 16, 2020 8:50 pm

    So sorry to hear about Uncle Forest

  • Fred (Pete) Evatt Jr. Posted April 16, 2020 9:23 pm

    I will always remeber all of the good times down in Chester and hearing all of the fishing stories. My sincerest condolences to the rest of the Evatt family. I wish I could be home to say my goodbyes..

  • Sharon Jones Posted April 16, 2020 9:25 pm

    Uncle Forest I sure will miss you I loved you so very much ❤️❤️❤️ I will miss your laughter .. your crazy jokes and all the crazy animals you brought me😘😘 God Bless you.. All my Love Sherry Jones🙏🏻🙏🏻🇺🇸

  • Angie Page McClellan Posted April 16, 2020 9:53 pm

    We are as to lose him. Daddy (David Page) and I enjoyed seeing him and his sister at Missy’s in Yulee. Daddy often mentioned the two ways to pronounce ‘Evatt.” I could tell that he thought highly of him.

  • Bonnie Weldon Posted April 17, 2020 8:22 am

    Prayers for the family. Mr Evatt will be missed. My dad James Weldon use to fish with him sometimes.

  • James & Rashell Cardell Posted April 17, 2020 4:51 pm

    We loved Forest. His life can certainly be celebrated. Sad to hear of his passing

  • Jeanette Posted April 17, 2020 11:22 pm

    I’ll miss you Forest, my grandkids will miss the golf cart rides, but I’ll miss your smiling face and fishing stories and you.

  • Rick asberry Posted April 18, 2020 4:01 am

    My younger years are rembered growing up around Forest. He will be remembered

  • Debby Steele Posted April 18, 2020 7:12 pm

    Always a very kind man. One of the nicest men I have known. Prayers for the family.

  • Jimmie Jones April 19, 2020 Posted April 20, 2020 9:07 am

    You will be remembered as the great fishman of chester. loved his fish stories

  • Bro. Bill & Peggy Forde Posted April 21, 2020 11:29 am

    We just learned of the passing of Forest, he was a good friend, sorry we didn’t
    get to see him more in these last years. May The God of all grace and mercy be
    the comfort for his family in theses hours is our prayer for you

  • Cheryl Wilks Posted April 21, 2020 8:40 pm

    When I was a young girl. I use to go home with Deanie and play with her. She was one of my friends that I loved. I always loved being around Mr. & Ms. EVATT They were a amazing family. They always made you feel loved These are special memories that I will always charished. . They are now in heaven together.

  • Vee Carlton Posted April 22, 2020 9:41 am

    Uncle Forrest was one of the finest men I knew. His family was one of warmth and love. The world is a lesser place with his passing.

  • Patricia Turner Posted April 23, 2020 8:34 am

    I remember Mr. Forest Evatt from the time I was a young girl as being kind and fun to be around. I remember Mrs. Evatt as well and I would never see one without the other…so sorry to hear of his passing…

  • Barbara Posted April 23, 2020 4:31 pm

    You will definitely be missed Forest by ur’ family and friends. Your fishing stories and wisdom will be cherished by all who knew you. What a great caretaker of Chester Cemetery you were. Pop would constantly say how great a man you were. We will all miss you. Praying for your family and friends.

  • N. Ralph Green Posted April 24, 2020 1:25 pm

    I really got to know Forest in the early 1970’s when I went to work at Amelia Island Plantation and was assigned to work with him. He was a joy to work with and I learned so much from him. Forest seemed to be a master of everything he did and wasn’t afraid to tackle anything that came along. My best memories of that part of my life are filled with stories involving Forest. Rest in Peace old friend, and say hello to Mrs. Jadine and Deanie when you see them again.

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