Family dedicates new endowed scholarship

Release Date: April 2, 2008

PLAINVIEW – Family members were on hand Thursday to dedicate the Frank Eugene and Thelma Brian Evans Memorial Family Scholarship at Wayland Baptist University.

Presented during the luncheon of the Board of Trustees meeting, the presentation included several generations of descendents, including C.C. Kelly, a son-in-law and current member of the WBU Board.

The scholarship is given in memory of the Evans, who were pioneers in the Texas Panhandle, having lived the majority of their lives in White Deer, Texas, and also owning land in Gray County and Armstrong County.

Frank and Thelma married Aug. 12, 1923, and were parents to five children and their spouses: Brian Edward and Juanita Reeves Evans, Shirley and Clifton Kelly, Nancy and Lonnie White, Carolyn and Phil Carpenter, and Barbara and Jeane Browning. They also had 14 grandchildren.

Frank was a farmer and rancher and Thelma was a homemaker. She was also involved in leadership roles in White Deer, serving as Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star Chapter, president of the Parent Teacher Association and involved in the teaching and mission ministry of First Baptist Church.

“Both Thelma and Frank loved Wayland and were strong advocates of Christian education,” the plaque reads. “They generously supported First Baptist Church, Christian missions, educational and charitable endeavors with their financial resources.”

Thelma and Frank died in 1970 and 1989, respectively. Their family wants the scholarship to be a lasting legacy that will enable students to receive a quality Christian education at Wayland.