Hometown: Maysville, KY (High) [Sewanee Military Academy, Sewanee, TN]
Position: C-F Playing Height: 6-0
Date of Birth: February 21, 1900
Date of Death: January 8, 1955 [Georgia Tech - 58 - 59]
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Obituary - J.C. Everett, Civic Leader in Maysville Dies Funeral Today, Maysville (KY) Daily Independent (January 10, 1955)
Funeral services will be conducted this afternoon at 3 o'clock at the First Christian church in which he had served as a deacon for a score of year until he resigned a year or two ago. The Rev. James A. Moak, pastor, will officiated and burial will follow in the family lot in the Maysville cemetery.
For those who desire to send a memorial tribute other than flowers, it is the wish of the family that such be made to the Maysville branch of the American Society for Cancer Control.
His death was attributed to cancer.
Since word spread early Saturday of the death of this well loved citizen and friend, Maysville has carried a heavy burden of personal grief and faced the knowledge that the community had lost one of its best men. This was so because Mr. Everett combined in a remarkable degree all of those qualities that are most desireable in manhood and in citizenship.
He died scarcely two months after he had undergone major surgery November 5 at Good Samaritan hospital in Cincinnati. At that time it had been supposed he was int he full vigor of his maturity and it came as a shock to know his condition was grave. But with optimism and courage he entered Doctors hospital n New York for further surgery November 19. Only intermittently since that time had he shown improvement but with fortitude he endured the suffering that was his until mercifully he sank into a coma last Friday.
At His Bedside
With him when he died were Mrs. Everett and their daughter, Mrs. William C. Trueheart, wife of the Secretary of the American Embassy in Paris, who had flown from France several days before to be with her father. And last week he had been visited by his son, John C. Everett III, of Maysville.
In a life crowded with the activity of leadership in virtually every phase of business and social program. Mr. Everett proved himself devoted to the interests of his native city and contributed notably to every form of community development. His family and friends, and yes, the community, will be glad to remember that he was able to give generously of himself and to do good until the very end.
John Chenoweth Everett was born in Maysville February 21, 1900, the second of the four sons of Mrs. Anna Boynton Burgess Everett and the late John C. Everett, families of pioneer stock and identified with the development of Maysville for the past one hundred and fifty years.
As a boy, he was a student in the city schools, the preparatory academy of the South at Sewanee, Tenn., and then completed his education at the University of Kentucky where he gained recognition in basketball as captain of the Wildcats.
The cause of public education claimed a major share of his attention for more than a quarter of a century, having its inception in the late 1920's when he served as a member of the Maysville Board of Education. It was during this period that its auditorium, gymnasium and other physical facilities were greatly improved.
This service was broadened in March of 1944 when former Governor Simeon Willis appointed him a trustee of his alma mater. His present term on the board would have extended through December of 1956. Also he was a member of the board of directors of the Thomas Poe Cooper Agricultural Foundation at the university.
Dr. Herman L. Donovan, president of the University of Kentucky and a native of Mason County, Saturday express his 'profound regret' when informed of the death of Mr. Everett.
But his contribution at the state level had been preceded by long and intensive preparation on the local scene. He was first and foremost a successful businessman, having been associated since 1921 with the grain and feed business founded by his late father in 1896. At the senior Mr. Everett's death in 1933, his son and namesake succeeded him at the helm of business.
Served on OPA Board
During World War II, Mr. Everett served for 44 months as chairman of the Mason County War Price and Rationing Board, a post to which he was named January 2, 1942. At the time of his retirement from the board September 1, 1945, he was presented a gold write watch accompanied by a note that designated him as "the best board chairman of the OPA."
Mr. Everett was named to the board of trustees at Hayswood in November of 1949 when he succeeded to the post left vacant by the resignation of his close friend, John N. Browning. He was elevated to the chairmanship of the board last October to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William D. Cochran.
Mr. Everett was a director and past president of the Mason County Fund, which is this county's Community Chest. He was president of the Mason County Building Association, a position to which he was re-elected a fort-night ago. Likewise, he was a director of the Bank of Maysville.
When the Tom Browning Boys' Club was formed in May of 1952, he became a member of the first directorate for a three-year term and was elected vice-president. Earlier he had served on a nine-member committee to consult boys club officials in Louisville in regard to the establishment of such a club here.
Also he was a director of the Maysville-Mason County Development Association and one of his last impressive achievements was his contribution toward making the 13th Governor's Tour to Maysville last May a success. Also he was a director of US 68 Historic Highway Association.
Relaxed With Golf
A continuing interest with Mr. Everett had been the Maysville Country Club in which he had been a director for more than a score of years and twice its president in 1931 and again in 1947. Golf was a favorite recreation and he was one of the best liked men among that membership.
Formerly Mr. Everett had been active in the work of the Maysville Rotary Club in which he once served as president. He was a member of all the Masonic bodies, including the Knights Templar, was a member of Ringgold lodge of Independent Order of Odd Fellows and of the Covington lodge of Elks.
His social fraternity was Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
Mr. Everett also owned farmholdings and actively supervised his farming interests. Thus he took a keen interest in agriculture and its problems.
As friends sum up the contributions Mr. Everett has made in his lifetime, they will remember not only that he was an able and unselfish leader, but that he was steadfast in his loyalties, firm in his decisions and a power for good in his town.
He was married June 20, 1922, to the former Miss Thelma W. Arthur, who survives together with his mother and their three children. They include his daughter, the former Phoebe Anna Everett, and two sons, John C. Everett, III, and Leslie Arthur Everett.
Also he is survived by three brothers, Joshua B. Everett, president of the Louisville Industrial Foundation and a former New York banker as well as former Commissioner of Welfare in Kentucky; Addison L. Everett, who is Mason County's Representative in the Kentucky legislature and an executive in the company's business here, and Warfield B. Everett, of Mayfield, manager of the J.J. Newberry store there. Other survivors include three grandchildren, Leslie Arthur and Elizabeth Jo Everett and Charles Trueheart.
The family residence is on the Edgemont Road.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pitzer, of Dayton, motored here yesterday with his brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Fielder Pitzer, of Carmel Street.
Biography - Resolution of Death of J.C. Everett - Minutes of Kentucky Trustees
President Donovan reported that he and others from the University had attended the funeral of J.C. Everett in Maysville, December 10, 1955. The University has sustained a great loss in the passing of Mr. Everett. Doctor Donovan submitted the following Resolution which, upon motion duly made, seconded and carried, was ordered spread upon these minutes.
The University of Kentucky, members of the Board of Trustees, colleagues of John Chenoweth Everett, and his host of friends throughout the state are greatly saddened by his death on January 8, 1955. His passing removed from the Board of Trustees and from the Alumni Association of the University one whose influence has been of transcendent importance and his contribution of greatest magnitude. We, therefore, wish to place on record our acknowledgment of the University's everlasting debt to him.
John Chenoweth Everett possessed abundantly those personal qualities which win the friendship and affection of men. He was big and strong, warm and magnetic, amiable and kindly, never lacking in a ready sense of humor. His optimism and love of his fellow men were irrepressible. Old and young called him "Chennie," They liked his cheery, vibrant strength, which seemed to strengthen and reassure them.
Ever a man among men, John Chenoweth Everett was "a 'doer' never offering excuses." He lived vigorously, undertook a multitude of tasks, found ever-increasing joy in working and learning. Believing firmly in the amelioration of mankind, he sought to enhance human progress and happiness, and strove with all his strength to serve well. The elements of his character so blended that he was a natural leader. But he influenced men by gentleness, good humor, ready wit and common sense. And his leadership was sound, because he was blessed with a remarkable perception of balance and fitness, and his capacity for work was comparable to the width and breath of his human sympathy. His achievements were many.
As a member of the University's Board of Trustees from March, 1944, to the time of his passing, John Chenoweth Everett was a regular in attendance, loyal in feeling, constructive in thinking and eager for the institution's growth. As a member of the University's five man Executive Committee, he was ever faithful, ever ready to accept duties, and rendered real service to the University. He strove diligently to convince the people that the University's expansion would mean a greater, happier Kentucky. He worked for adequate appropriations and for a larger portion of the state's bright young people as students.
An alumnus of the University, John Chenoweth Everett had an abiding affection for his alma mater, was proud of her achievements, strove always to keep her name unsullied, and participated wholeheartedly in the alumni activities. His every dream, his every labor for his University was noble and fine. His life was both an inspiration and a challenge.
It is with the deepest feeling of sorrow that the passing of this valuable board member is noted and in gratitude and respect for the life and legacy he left, the Board of Trustees of the University of Kentucky resolves that this resolution be spread upon the minutes and that a copy be sent to the bereaved family.