Lawrence Evans obituary (2021) – Memphis, TN


Lawrence E. “Lonnie” Evans, a retired Auto Zone executive, died on September 13, 2021 in
Stroke Complications Methodist University Hospital. He was 77 years old.

Mr. Evans was a graduate of East High School and Southwestern in Memphis
(now Rhodes College). With a liberal arts degree, he qualified for an entry-level position
cleaning the floors of Super D pharmacies. While working at Super D, he attended the night
law school and obtained a Juris Doctor from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of
Law at the University of Memphis.

After a few years of practicing law, he returned to Super D and helped lay the
preparatory work for a new company, Auto Shack, later renamed Auto Zone. As a senior
Executive Vice President in charge of real estate development, Mr. Evans oversaw the site
selection and construction of Auto Zone stores nationwide. During his tenure, the channel
grew from 300 to more than 3,000 stores.

On the social level, Mr. Evans played a decisive role in the relaunch of “Curbi”, a
company created in the 1950s by journalists as a parody of the Cotton Carnival. Curbi was
made up of spectators seated on the sidewalk watching the official parade of carnival crews
on Main Street in their elaborate tanks. The revived Curbi was headquartered in
old P&H (Poor & Hungry) Cafe on Madison where Mr. Evans was crowned the company
“Emperor for life”.

In honor of his unwavering support for the Faculty of Law of the U of M, a room housing
special collections have been named in his honor. Mr. Evans was a member of Mensa
International.

He leaves his wife, Beverly Walls Evans; one daughter, Herron Evans of Memphis;
one son, Bevan Evans and his fiancee, Haley Williams, of Whitefish, MT. It was
predeceased by his parents, Lawrence B. and Isabel Evans, and a sister, Dr Lorraine
Evans.

Family requests memoir sent to Rhodes College or Cecil
C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. The Canale Funeral Home is responsible.

Posted by The Daily Memphian on September 16, 2021.


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