John David Everette, 82, beloved husband and father, passed away at home on Thursday, November 13, 2014 after a brief illness.
He was the only child of the late John William and Vivian Joyner Everette of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. John David, as he was known as a child, enjoyed riding his bike to the Tar River where he would either play baseball, or go swimming or fishing. After graduation from Rocky Mount High School, he worked for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad for a few years before serving in the US Army in Germany during the Korean Conflict. With the help of the GI Bill, John graduated from the School of Architecture at NC State College in 1962.
During his architectural career, John practiced architecture in Washington, DC, where he designed buildings for the US Naval Academy, government buildings on Lafayette Square and worked on the John F Kennedy gravesite at Arlington Cemetery. After moving back to North Carolina in 1967, John designed many institutional buildings across the state, including the original North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island.
John met his wife Sallie Tyree at 21st & P Streets near Dupont Circle in Washington, DC and they were married at her parents’ home in Miami Shores, Florida in 1958. As newleyweds, John and Sallie learned to ski while members of the Washington, DC Ski Club and participated in ski trips to Europe, Colorado, New England and Pennsylvania. John served several years on the Board of Directors of the US Ski Association and he was a weekend ski instructor the first year Sugar Mountain, NC opened.
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In 1973 John and Sallie moved to Raleigh with their young children, Valerie and Ty. The family found Hudson Memorial Presbyterian church the first weekend they were there and over the years John was active in roles including the Preschool Board, Deacon and Elder. He was active in Sunday School, Amazing Grays and bridge until his health prohibited it.
John made friends easily wherever he went and enjoyed getting to know people. John enjoyed many activities with his family and friends, including camping, hunting and fishing, rock and fossil hunting, gardening and bridge. He was active in the neighborhood homeowners association from its beginning. He loved sharing his pig pickin’ expertise at the annual picnic. For decades he was a mainstay of the geode booth at the Tar Heel Gem and Mineral Club’s annual show. John was a founding member of the NC Fossil Club and a past president of the Aurora Fossil Club.
John appreciated the kind care of Dr. Tina Harris, Dr. Robert Bruner, Dr. Maha Elkordy, and Dr. Jerry Hung, as well as the special staff at Duke Raleigh Pulmonary Rehab and Transitions LifeCare.
John is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sallie, their daughter, Valerie, and her husband, Duncan, their son, John Tyree (Ty), and his wife Amy, and extended family.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church, 4921 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27609, or NCSU, College of Design, Designlife Fund, Campus Box 7474, Raleigh, NC, 27695-7474.
A memorial service will be held at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church, 4921 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609 on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm. Family will receive friends following the service in the Westminster Hall, at the church.
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