When this resident of Thomson, Ga., died in 1986, he already had retired from the Georgia Court of Appeals after a distinguished career. He passed his bar exam at 18 and, at the same time, soon served as the mayor of Thomson, the city attorney for Thomson and the county attorney for McDuffie County. Evans said when he began law he started with a kerosene lamp, a borrowed table, a borrowed typewriter and six books. He was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1930 and, in 1941, at age 35 became the youngest person in the state's history to be speaker of the Georgia House. He also became a member of the state Senate. He served as Georgia Court of Appeals judge from 1969 to 1976 and was named Appellate Court Judge of the Year by the American Trial Lawyers Association in 1975.