Robert Kent Evans, 69, of Chapel Hill passed away Sunday, May 12, 2013 at UNC Hospitals.
Born in Durham in 1943, he grew up in Carrboro the son of the late William Thomas Evans and Julia Beck Evans, and was a longtime Chapel Hill resident.
Kent was a 1965 graduate of The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a double major in Radio, TV, Motion Pictures and Physics, and in his senior year managed WUNC-FM radio. With the U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1968, he served as a crypto maintenance chief and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal.
After Army service, Kent worked in Los Angeles and New York as director of photography on feature films, composed music, and formed a recording company. He returned to North Carolina to manage the motion picture film lab for Cox Broadcasting in Durham. At the same time, he started Cinema/Audio Designs which built custom, high-end audio equipment. He later became construction manager for Time Warner Cable in the Triangle area.
An entertainment and technology enthusiast and lifelong Tar Heel sports fan, Kent gave his greatest devotion as a loving husband, father and grandfather to his family, which was his pride and joy.
Kent is survived by his wife, Janet Wood Evans; children, Kathleen Julia Evans and Scott Thomas Evans of Chapel Hill, NC; William Brady Hill of San Francisco, CA; Nancy Bryson Evans of Durham, NC; Elizabeth Logan Evans of Durham, NC; and grandchildren Parker and Carson Carnahan and Addie Stokes of Durham, NC.
His preference was for a private family graveside service. An additional memorial service to honor and celebrate his life will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill, or the Southern Folklife Collection at UNC Chapel Hill.