As the new year approaches it is time to pause and remember those who were lost in the year that passes. To those public servants who gave their time, talent and commitment to a better future for Alabama they should always remembered for the ways they served the state and will remain a part of its legacy forever.
Rep. David Wheeler — January 11, 1950–March 9, 2022
Alabama State Representative David Wheeler, R-Vestavia Hills, died, March 9, 2022
Wheeler retired from Alabama Power and was first elected to House District 47 in 2018. He served on the Commerce and Small Business Committee, the Jefferson County Legislation and the Local Legislation Committee.
Rep. Steve McMillian — July 6, 1941–April 28, 2022
State Representative Steve McMillan of Bay Minette died April 28, 2022 at the age of 80. He had served in the Legislature for more than 40 years.
McMillan took office in 1980 after winning a special election to fill the seat vacated by his twin brother, John McMillan, who was appointed Alabama commissioner of the conservation and natural resources.
McMillan represented State House District 95, which includes Barnwell, Bon Secour, Elberta, Foley, Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores, Josephine, Lillian, Magnolia Springs, Miflin, Ono Island, Orange Beach, Perdido Beach, Robertsdale and Summerdale.
Hugh Evans — October 5, 1956–November 17, 2022
Hugh R. Evans III, a highly regarded public servant, passed away on November 17, 2022.
Evans served as general counsel to the Secretary of State Office beginning in 2018.
In 1995, Evans began work at the Alabama Ethics Commission, retiring in 2018 as the commission’s general counsel.
Evans earned his juris doctorate from the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University in 1987, Evans joined the Alabama Bar the following year and earned admittance to practice in all Alabama State Courts, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.