Deacon James "Chief" Everett, departed this life on Sunday July 28, 2019 at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, AL. Born February 27, 1932 to Tellie and Ollie Summers Everett, he was 87.
Deacon Everett was a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Silas, AL, where he served as Chairman of the Deacon Board, Church Treasurer, and President of the Church Choir for fifty years until he resigned two years ago. He gave a lifetime of service, beginning with his country as a Korean War veteran; in 1971 as a Choctaw County Sheriff's Deputy and four years later becoming Chief Deputy; 1976 and the next twenty years, Chief of Police for Silas, AL; 1986 Board Member of Choctaw County School System; 1986 Dedicated Service Award to Boys and Girls of Choctaw County; 1988 Choctaw Dallas Selma CAA outstanding service volunteer award; 1990 Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding and dedicated service to Washington and Choctaw Pee Wee Association; 1991 Outstanding Citizen Award from Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce; 1996 Twenty One Years of Service Award from the Town of Silas for June 1975 - August 1996; 1996 Service Award from the Town of Silas as Chief of Police from Mr. and Mrs. Richard Tartt; 2001 a Letter of Award as Constable of Choctaw County from the State of Alabama from Gov. Don Seigleman; 2001 Citizen of the Year Award of Silas; Appreciation for twenty-one years of Outstanding Service to the Silas Volunteer Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary; President of The Choctaw Gospel Spiritual Chorus; and Shiloh Baptist Missionary Church Award to Deacon James Everett. Clearly he lived a busy, but beautiful life of service to his fellowman.
James was united in Holy Matrimony to Vernell Summers on April 22, 1995 and they were blessed with one daughter, two granddaughters, and one great granddaughter.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Tellie and Ollie Everett; and sister, Bernice Ash.
Deacon Everett leaves to cherish his loving memories his loving and devoted wife, Vernell Everett of Silas, AL; a devoted daughter, Eelece (James) Pearson of Clarksville, TN; two loving granddaughters, Zenobia Pearson and Zahria Pearson of Clarksville, TN, a great granddaughter, Mackinley Pearson, Clarksville, TN, who was the apple of granpa's eye; one devoted niece, Deloris Cunningham of Birmingham, AL, one devoted nephew, James Charles (Myrtis) Ash of Tuscaloosa, AL, special friends, Deacon Richard (Norma) Tartt, Willie (Julia) Campbell, Sherry Taylor Banks, Mary Godfrey, Beacountiss (Alphonzo) Lawrence, Deacon Levord (Laura) Adams and Codell (Flora) Adams, Sr.; and a host of great nieces, nephews, family and friends.