Charles Ray Everett • August 12, 2018

Charles “Ray” Everett, 82, of Pensacola, FL, passed away unexpectedly on August 12, 2017, surrounded by his family. His work on earth complete, His Heavenly Father called him home.
Ray was born the youngest of ten children to Edward and Alice Everett in Creola, AL, on October 29, 1934. He joined the Air Force in 1954 and served for three years. In 1958, he went to work for the Department of Defense, retiring in 1990 as an Avionics Instrument Mechanic at NAS. Following retirement, he delivered flowers part-time, most recently for Kellyco.
He met the beautiful Lois Renee Casey when he was 12. They grew up near each other, married on May 22, 1965, and welcomed their first child, Ross, a year later during a brief assignment in Ogden, Utah. They returned to the South, made their home in Pensacola, and had their second son, Reese, in 1968. He worked hard and seemed to know how to fix anything. In 1973, he and Renee purchased a fixer-upper on Cove Ave,. and he set to remodeling it himself, with his boys’ “help.” Ray faithfully attended church as he raised his family, lending his tenor to the choir, teaching Sunday school, and serving in various leadership positions, most recently as a Deacon at Cottage Hill Assembly of God. His sons were always his “babies” no matter how old they got, and his heart grew bigger to let in his “sweet ol’ things” when his grandsons Ben, Patrick, and Jon were born. Later, his love expanded to include grandsons Conner and Seth. His name and his role in the family became “Pop.”
Pop was the kindest and most even-tempered of men and never raised his voice in anger. He would drive hours to watch his grandsons play a basketball or soccer game and calmly disagree if the ref made a call against one of his babies. A source of wisdom, help, and encouragement, he knew his Bible well and prayed with authority in his voice. He would show up, often carrying his coffee cup with him, whenever needed to help fix something or to take that extra ticket to an FSU game. To watch him laugh was a delight, and he had a myriad of funny stories to share and one-liners that were still funny after much use. He loved a gathering with extended family and good food–just make sure there was a dessert option that was NOT chocolate. He will be sorely missed on this side of Heaven, but lives on in the hearts of his family and friends until they see him again.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father and his eight siblings. He is survived by his wife, Renee Everett; his sons, Ross Everett (Jenny) and Reese Everett(Liz); His five grandchildren: Ben, Patrick, and Jon Everett and Conner and Seth Baker; his sister, Mary Catherine Everett; his beloved sister and brother-in law, Sue and Don Byrd; several nieces and nephews and a great many friends.
Visitation will be at PENSACOLA MEMORIAL GARDENS FUNERAL HOME on Thursday, August 17, 2017, from 9:30-10:30 AM. The service begins at 10:30 AM with Brother Dwight Tate officiating.

  1. Christina Catone says:

    Sending prayers of comfort for you Ross, and family. Remember, He will dwell in the house of the Lord forever!

    Love Christina

  2. We were very sadden to hear about Ray’s passing. I was in the Brownsville Choir for many years with Ray and sat next to him in the tenor section. We had a lot of fun during those years and I had to upmost respect for Ray and Renee. They were a blessing to everyone they came in contact with. We are praying for God’s peace to be with all the family during this difficult time.

  3. Whitney Lee Starnes says:

    I sure LOVED my sweet cousin Ray! He was such a delight to be around! I loved that we shared a love for FSU and music! He will surely be missed.

  4. Ray, you will be missed, your smile, friendship and love of famiy and friends. You left unexpectedly, no time to say good bye. We know you are in God’s hands now and happy to having a reunion with your loved ones in Heaven, seeing Jesus up close and away from this terrible world we are living in. We were blessed to know you and your sweet wife Renee.
    Will see you one day when we make it to heaven.
    Jimmy and Martha Johnson

  5. Nearly 51 years ago, I had the honor of meeting Ray, Renee, and Ross Everett. They were attending Bellview Assembly of God Church in Pensacola, Florida the first time. I rode in their car to our home as they joined our family for lunch following the morning service. Ray, Renee, Ross, and later Reese became an important part of our family when they joined and helped grow Bellview Assembly of God Church. Sister Renee Everett with her God given talent to play the piano and sing!! Brother Ray with his beautiful voice sang in the choir, and became a Sunday School teacher. I became one of his kids. A little later on, Brother Don Byrd would join Bellview. Ray, Renee, and Don formed a trio and when they sang the Holy Spirit moved in the lives of others. Sister Sue soon came to church. Sue and Don began to date, then married, and have been together since! It was a beautiful time to be part of Bellview Assembly. During the years of knowing Ray and Renee, as I cannot say one name without saying the other, Ray loved the Lord, Renee, his boys,family, and everyone he met. Ray lived his faith! It was not just words and the Bible was not just a book to him. Ray was an inspiration to everyone that knew him. I know when Ray made flower deliveries he made each and every person feel special and shared God with them. Ray was love! He was the love of God, the love of Jesus Christ, and was filled with the Holy Spirit! When you share love, you are sharing Christ! There is NO doubt where Ray has gone. It is not goodbye but I will see you later! Heaven has gotten a little sweeter. None of us were born to live on earth forever. We were born to one day live with Christ forever. Ray has been born into eternal life!
    I believe in the resurrection and life eternal either in Heaven or Hell. The choice is ours. Ray Everett was ready when Jesus called him home. Will we be ready when God suddenly calls us home? I am proud to have called you a friend. Renee, Ross, Reese, Sue, Don, and family, I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. When you think of Ray, picture him singing in heaven’s choir and in perfect health. May your hearts be filled with peace from our Heavenly Father. May we live out God’s plan for our lives so we can join Ray and all those who have gone before us and live with them and Jesus forever.

  6. Debra Geer says:

    When I remember Ray’s life, it was truly the embodiment of the Lord’s relationship with man. His Sunday school teachings fastened to my heart as a young person and I remember his gentle voice being resolute, confirming the word of truth and perceptive. In loving admiration of Ray, I say thank you Renee and family. My prayer is that God bless your lives and heal the sorrow.

  7. Ricky & Susan Hendrix says:

    Renee, our hearts are heavy for you and the family today. Sending love,hugs and prayers your way.

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