John Bevins III

December 3, 1942 - September 30, 2018
Tallahassee, FL



Sunday, October 7, 2018
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
McCowen & Secord Life Story Funeral Homes
Marshall-Gren Chapel
120 South Woodhams Street
Plainwell, MI 49080
(269) 685-5881
Driving Directions


Monday, October 8, 2018
11:00 AM EDT
Hillside Cemetery


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Leon County Humane Society
413 Timberlane Rd
Tallahassee, FL 32312
(850) 224-9193
Web Site

Appalachian Christian Project
P.O. Box 55911
Lexington, KY 40555
1 (866) 270-4227
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Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

Plainwell Flowers
117 S. Main
Plainwell, MI 49080
(269) 685-8055
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River Rose
(269) 692-3951

Life Story / Obituary


John Bevins, formerly of Plainwell, passed away suddenly in Tallahassee, FL on Sept. 30. Visit with his family and friends on Sunday, October 7 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home Marshall & Gren Chapel; 120 S. Woodhams St. Plainwell, MI 49080. A graveside committal will be held on Monday October 8 at 11:00 a.m. at Hillside Cemetery in Gun Plain Township.

John was born in 1942 in Paintsville, KY to John and Louise Bevins. He graduated from Paintsville High School in 1960. He served in the US Army from 1961-1967. His Army career started as a Hawk Missile Mechanic but he spent the latter portion of his service as a member of the Army Rifle Team.

After leaving the Service he moved to Michigan and started a career as a truck and heavy vehicle engineer. His career took him to various places around the country and into projects from coal mining equipment in West Virginia to armored trucks in Memphis, TN to aircraft support equipment in Florida.

Later he settled into working for the State of Florida where he was responsible for determining specifications and requirements for all vehicles and equipment purchased by the State as well as managing the auctions where vehicles were ultimately disposed of.

His lifelong hobbies were working on his vehicles, boating, and fishing. Just days before his abrupt illness he was out in his driveway, working on the transmission of his 1993 GMC pickup.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Louise Bevins of Plainwell Michigan. He is survived by two sons Michael (Patricia) Bevins of Defiance, MO, Evan (Elisha) Bevins of Ohio, 2 grandsons, Kyle and Andrew Bevins, 3 granddaughters, Kristin (Conner) Rethwill, Violet and Charlotte Bevins, 1 great granddaughter, Azura Bevins, brothers James (Sharon) and Larry (Lorie) Bevins, and many nieces and nephews. Please visit John’s memory page at where you can leave a memory, upload a photo and sign the guest book online. Memorial donations can be made to the Leon County Humane Society or the Appalachian Christian Project.