Courtney Evans was the son of the late Fred (Fed) Evans and Louise Copeland. He was born on July 7, 1920. He married Eloise Evans and they had three children. Mr. Evans served in World War II with the Military Police. He spent some time in Italy and Africa. Evans was active with the Mount Bethel Baptist Church where he attended the Adult Men Sunday School Class.
Courtney was a hard working man, trying to survive with one struggle after another. He held many jobs. He worked with the railroad company as a very young man. He worked at the Dam that was being built. He even organized a group of men to work there and made sure each on had transportation. Mr. Evans worked and organized a group of men and women together and transported them to work in tobacco. This business grew until he had several groups that he transported to various places by bus, trucks and a Ford Station Wagon. He later hired a crew of men to cut and haul pulpwood. He purchased pulpwood trucks and a machine called a "short dog".
Courtney Evans, the founder of the first car wash in our area. He later expanded "Courtney's Car Wash" to a three bay car wash. He also owned and operated a Used Car Lot.
He was the founder of Bethlehem Trading Post in 1972, the Trading Post remains in business today. He later ventured out into a Laundromat and invested in a mobile home park, which was his last business venture due to failing health.
Mr. Courtney was also a dedicated and loyal worker for the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe wherever he could help. He served as an unofficial Parliamentarian for the Tribe. He was known for the best lemonade and Brunswick stew at the Fourth of July Picnic.
Mr. Evans was an important role model in the Haliwa-Saponi Community as a business man with a great personality. He was known to his friends as "Hoss".
· Creates equal employment and training opportunities for Indian people
· Provides resources and leadership in the development and established of Indian entrepreneurship and economic ventures for Native Americans
· Serves as a positive role model of Indian entrepreneurship
· Organizes and develops Indian owned economic enterprises
· Demonstrates success as an Indian business-person or entrepreneur