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.