Edward ‘Randy’ Bevis, auto body shop owner

February 27, 2013

Edward “Randy” Bevis, 90, who owned Bevis Auto Body in Alexandria for four decades, died Feb. 16 at Inova Alexandria Hospital.

He had pneumonia, his daughter Joy Gilstrap said.

Mr. Bevis opened his business in 1949 and sold it in 1989. From the late 1940s to the early ’60s, he owned an Esso gas station in Alexandria.

Edward Randolph Bevis was born in Rocky Mount, N.C., and moved to the Washington area as a boy. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School and served in the Army in Europe during World War II.

In 1971, Mr. Bevis, his son, Ed Bevis Jr., and two other boaters were rescued after being lost at sea off North Carolina’s Outer Banks for three days. Their ordeal was reported on the front page of The Washington Post.

Mr. Bevis was an Alexandria resident. He was a past president of the Washington Auto Body Association and the Alexandria Evening Lions Club. His memberships included the American Legion, the Elks, the Masons, the Shriners and Annandale United Methodist Church.

His wife of 35 years, Irene Lewis Bevis, died in 1982. Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Lois Ansel Bevis of St. Petersburg, Fla.; four children from his first marriage, Patty Bevis of Alexandria, Linda Donnelly of Pinehurst, N.C., Joy Gilstrap of Fairfax County and Ed Bevis Jr. of Falls Church; a brother, Wayne Bevis of Woodbridge; a sister, Carolyn Wray of Locust Grove, Va.; and three grandchildren.

— Emily Langer

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