<h5>Sinking Creek-William McKinley Evans, 97, passed away Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center.<\/h5>\r\nWilliam was born Oct. 13, 1916, at Grapevine, WV, to the late David Davis and Elizabeth Kennedy Evans.\r\n\r\nMr. Evans was an accomplished musician having played in a backup band in the late \u201840s and into the \u201850s for artists such as Patsy Cline, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs amongst others. He was a member of the International Moose Lodge and of the American Heritage Music Hall in Ronceverte. He was a coal miner, carpenter, electrician, mechanic, business man and a farmer.\r\n\r\nOther than his parents, William was preceded in death by: his wife, Inez Rowe Evans; grandson, Lee Evans in 2013; great-grandson, C.J. Hinkle; sister, Irish Ann; and brother, John Pershing Evans\r\n\r\nSurvivors include: daughters, Patsy Elizabeth Evans of Fairlea, Valarie Ann Conner of Lewisburg and Bonnie Grace Thomas of Sinking Creek; brothers, Carr William \u201cBill\u201d Evans and James Pershing Evans and wife Hazel of Sinking Creek; favorite nephew, Danny Rowe of Sinking Creek; grandchildren, Clark Evans, Lisa Evans, Cherry Creswell, Melodie Hale, Bonnie Tincher, Theresa Reynolds, Carr Evans, Jimmy King, Donald McDaniel, Amy Conner, Jeremy Conner, Brian Thomas, Mark Thomas and Jason Thomas; 19 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.\r\n\r\nServices were held Monday, Jan. 20 at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg where Pastor Jim Johnson officiated.\r\n\r\nBurial was in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery in Clintonville.