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Arthur E. Bevans
Arthur E. Bevans

November 1, 1929 - December 10, 2018
Born in East Orange, New Jersey
Resided in Columbus, North Carolina


Arthur E. Bevans of Columbus, North Carolina, formerly of Layton, passed away Mon, Dec.10 at White Oak Center, Tryon, NC. He was 89.

Born to Eston and Jennie (Jorgensen) Bevans just days after the stock market crash in 1929, the family moved from their Maplewood home in the spring of 1930 to the Bevans homestead outside of Layton where Eston was born. Arthur was the fourth of five generations to live on the farm.

He attended the Layton one room school until 1940 when he was one of the first students to help open the new Sandyston Consolidated School. While a 12 year old student there in 1942, he was selected to serve as a plane spotter during World War II. Under the auspices of the U.S. Army Air Corps, the spotting station was at the old Layton school. All planes passing over the area had to be called in to an office in Newark. He said he was excused from school early so that he could reach his post for his 3 pm shift.

Arthur was a graduate of Newton High School, Halstead Street, class of 1947. In the latter part of his high school career as an agriculture student, he was chosen to help clear the land for the agriculture shop at the new Ryerson Ave. school site.

One of his earliest jobs was working at Haney’s Lumber Mill in Flatbrookville, while also helping his father to run the family farm. He joined the Sussex County Road Department in 1953 working out of the Layton garage. He retired in 1985 as foreman with 32 years of service.

In 1950 he married Elizabeth (Betty) Hough and they raised five children on the family farm. In 1971, the farm was relocated to a new site in Layton as a result of the Tocks Island Dam project. They sold the farm in 1987 and moved to Columbus, NC.

Betty passed away in 2012 and he remarried in 2013. He is survived by his second wife, Margaret; his five children Karen (Leon) Bevans-Cassidy of Branchville, Cynthia (John) Mansfield of Columbus, NC, David of Atlanta, GA, William (Susan) of Leesport, PA, and Lori (Timothy) Nichols of Columbus, NC; his four grandchildren Christopher (Priscilla), and Zachary Bevans, and Joseph and Anna Nichols; his sisters-in-law Dale (Edward) Schoepf of Stella, NC and Susan (William) Longcor of Green; his step-children Laurie (Nigel) Dessau of Austin, TX, Tracey (William) Mellett of Trophy Club, TX and Gary Kennard of Union City, CA and four step grandchildren.
Visitation will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Delaware Valley United Methodist Church, Hainesville, with a funeral service at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at the Layton Cemetery.

Local arrangements are under the direction of the Wood Funeral Home, 16 Main Street, Branchville.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army, Port Jervis Corps, 99 Ball St., PO Box 25, Port Jervis, NY 12771; or at 239 Third Ave. E., Hendersonville, NC 28792. Online condolences may be offered at

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Delaware Valley United Methodist Church
131 County Route 645
Sandyston, NJ 07826
Saturday, December 15, 2018
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Delaware Valley United Methodist Church
131 County Route 645
Sandyston, NJ 07826
Saturday, December 15, 2018
2:00 PM
Layton Cemetery
Layton-Hainesville Road
Layton, New Jersey 07851
Saturday, December 15, 2018

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