Atlanta community remembers Clay Evans during vigil at Patchwerk Studios

A candlelight vigil and balloon release was held outside Atlanta’s Patchwerk Studios on Wednesday evening
The Atlanta community came together on Wednesday evening to pay tribute to Atlanta music executive Claybourne “Clay” Evans Jr.
Published: Mar. 29, 2023 at 4:00 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 29, 2023 at 11:13 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - The Atlanta community came together on Wednesday evening to pay tribute to Atlanta music executive and one of Atlanta rap legend T.I.’s reps Claybourne “Clay” Evans Jr.

Family, friends, and community members held a candlelight vigil and balloon release for Evans Jr. at Patchwerk Studios. He passed away on March 24, according to a social media post by his family.

Some of his family and friends who attended the vigil said it was a very challenging time without Clay and he will leave a lasting legacy and impact on others. “He’s one of those people that just been around really since the scene in Atlanta started in 1995,” said one of his friends Curtis Daniel III. “Whether it was film, tv, music, comedy, Clay had a bunch of relationships and that’s what he was about.”

The Claybourne Evans family made a request for donations to be given to the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center at Grady Hospital, according to a social media post.

According to the family, a Celebration of Life is scheduled at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Stonecrest on Saturday, April 1 with viewing beginning at Noon and the service beginning at 1 p.m.

“It is with a heavy heart that the Evans family announces the untimely passing of my Father, Claybourne Evans Jr,“ his son said in a statement on social media. “He fought a good fight and transitioned peacefully surrounded by close family and friends today, March 24, 2023. He lived an extraordinary life filled with Love, Hard Work, and Laughter. He touched many lives. Continue His Legacy.”

Evans Jr. was the CEO of Rubicon Brand Management and VP of Grand Hustle Records and was one of T.I’s managers. He also worked closely with comedian Lil Duval, DJ MLK, and many others.

Several musicians and celebrities including T.I., Killer Mike, Big Boi, and 2 Chainz, members of the Grand Hustle Records family, Snoop Dogg, movie director, and producer Deon Taylor, and others wrote tributes to the powerful mogul on social media.

Evans Jr. was a positive influence on countless people in the Atlanta community and all over the country.