James Simpson
In Memory of
James Evans "Evans"
Simpson Jr.
1961 - 2018
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Condolence From: Dave Haldiman
Condolence: I am so sorry to learn of Evans' passing. As with Mark Asbury, I'm a Nigeria Haus (Nashville) alumnus. One collection of indelible memories comes to mind now: His bedroom had double doors which opened onto the main room downstairs. It always seemed he was either absorbing erudition and imagery, or holding court--his intelligence, charm and wit inspiring and provoking our cast of characters. There was no one at all like him.
Wednesday April 04, 2018
Condolence From: Mark Asbury
Condolence: I am so shocked and saddened by this news. Evans was always one of my favorite people: the charming southern rogue act; endlessly entertaining; sharp has a tack; a very distinct personal style. Evans did casual cool better than anyone, and he was a role model for me in that area that I did not come close to living up to. I shared a house (more precisely, a Nigeria Haus) with Evans and some other brilliant nut cases during his senior year at Vanderbilt, and to this day that year stands out for the quality of the company and the experiences. Evans was a huge part of that, trying diligently, generously, but ultimately unsuccessfully to bestow some of his cool upon me, and I will miss him. The world will be less without him.
Wednesday April 04, 2018
Condolence From: John Higgins
Condolence: I was devastated to hear the news! I was fortunate to get to visit Evans this August when he kindly hosted me at his yacht club. Although i had not seen him for many years, we picked up right where we left off. I could always listen to Evans for hours on end and never get bored.

I will always regret breaking his model of the USS Enterprise in kindergarten.

I will miss you my friend.
Monday March 19, 2018
Condolence From: Julie Jordan Weller
Condolence: Dear Jill, Forrest, Peter and Sandra,
Your Montgomery cousins are heartbroken at the loss of Evans. I remember him being exceptionally kind, witty and intelligent. What a blessing he was to every life he touched! We will miss him more than you may ever know. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless, Julie
Monday March 12, 2018
Condolence From: carol prisant
Condolence: Dearest Jill,

Leah Rosch sent me news of your loss, and I'd really like to say something wonderful, or at the very least, helpful, but my own experience tells me that there are no words for this moment. I'm just so terribly, terribly sorry.
I know that you and your boys will find your way through it eventually, I know that the boys will be there for you, too. And while I wish I could tell you that time heals the pain, it doesn't. What you'll take away from all those years, however, are the loving, funny, sad/happy, ordinary and unexpected memories, and those are what count.

Let's have lunch in a little while when your life settles down. I'll be back to you very soon to make that date.
Much love to you all.
Monday March 05, 2018
Condolence From: Celeste Grenier
Condolence: I am so sorry to hear this news. I always enjoyed conversations with Evans when he came to Birmingham. Best to Jill and his children. Fondly, Celeste Grenier (Bham, Ala)
Saturday March 03, 2018
Condolence From: Arthur Furukawa
Condolence: To Evans' Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I was an architecture school classmate of Evans and have the fondest memories of him. Evans was a couple years older than those of us who went to grad school but he seemed many years more sophisticated. He had such a wry, intelligent sense of humor and for me he kept very stressful times more tolerable. I recall a great debater who would say things like "we're going to have to put you on a reading regimen Arthur..." to stress our lack of comprehension of a certain issue :). I am sorry I can't make it back this weekend but know he is remembered in his classmates hearts as a wonderful person. Take care.

Arthur Furukawa, Seattle, WA
Friday March 02, 2018
Condolence From: Deborah and David Sonnenberg
Condolence: We are so sorry to hear of your sudden loss and the passiing of your husband and father. (We are a Riverdale family, and learned of Evans' passing from the school.) We give you our most heartfelt condolences. The Sonnenberg family
Friday March 02, 2018
Condolence From: Peter Schlegel & Samantha Pfeifer
Condolence: We are so sorry for this tragic event. The loss of Evans, who was so full of life, love and happiness, is hard to comprehend. We are with you and your family in this most difficult time. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. With great love and heartfelt sorrow for your incredible loss.
Thursday March 01, 2018
Condolence From: Nancy Gardiner
Condolence: I am so saddened and shocked to read the news of Evans. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your boys. Life sure can be a challenge at times and I wish you strength for the future. I am sure your community will show you the great support and love that you have always given.
Thursday March 01, 2018