Minden Press-Herald

Wednesday
Jul 30th

The Rev. Kenneth Ray Everett

Everett_Obit_PicFuneral services for the Rev. Kenneth Ray Everett, 85, will be held today (Monday, January 30, 2012) at 2 p.m. in Central Baptist Church with family and Dr. J. Wayne Sessions, family friend, officiating. Interment will follow in Canaan Cemetery, Spearsville, under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Springhill.

Visitation will be held today at 9 a.m. in Central Baptist Church with the family receiving friends from noon until 1:45 p.m.

The Rev. Everett was born August 2, 1926 in Spearsville to Henry and Lillie Everett and passed away Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 in Shreveport.

He was a resident of Springhill where he served as pastor of Central Baptist Church from 1969-1984 and Pastor Emeritus in 1990. The Rev. Everett was also pastor of First Baptist Church, Iredell, Texas; Ebenezer Baptist Church of El Dorado, Arkansas and Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Crossett, Arkansas. He was Director of Missions for Louisiana Baptist Convention, serving in northwest Louisiana until retirement.

The Rev. Everett graduated from Spearsville High School; received his B.S. in Vocational Agriculture from Louisiana Tech University and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary.

A member of "the Greatest Generation," Kenneth served in the European Theater of World War II. He returned to his beautiful bride to begin a family that grew in number and gratitude for his example of sacrifices, humor and unconditional love.

He led his congregations faithfully and was considered a "Pastor to the Pastors" while ministering as Director of Missions. He inspired his sons as well as countless other "sons and daughters in the faith" to follow his footsteps into vocational Christian service. With "Mama Ruth" by his side, he cultivated a legacy giving his grandchildren the opportunity to reach their potential. He humbly and good naturedly deflected praise toward Christ who he trusted as Lord and Savior.

He was a good man who served a great God!

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ruth Helen Upshaw Everett; daughter, Janie Schroeder and husband, Dave of Allen, Texas; sons, Randel Everett and wife, Sheila of Midland, Texas; Neil Everett and wife, Debbie of Calhoun; Tim Everett and wife, Julie of Springhill and Tommy Everett and wife, Kim of Genoa, Arkansas.

He is also survivevd by grandchildren, Sean Reed and wife, Lori, Cory Reed and wife, Lisa, Jeremy Everett and wife, Amy, Rachel Froom and husband, Eric, Matt Everett and wife, Sommer, Joshua Everett and wife, Raysa, Jonathon Everett, Zach Taylor, Hannah Everett, Lily Everett, Luke, Bailey and Kelli Everett; and three great-grandchildren, Lucas and Samuel Everett and Carter Reed.

The Rev. Everett was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Lois Upshaw, Lillian Graves and brother, Forrest Everett.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Central Baptist Church.

Family Life Center fund; the Canaan Cemetery Association, Spearsville or donor's choice.

Sign the online guestbook at www.baileyfuneralhome.net.

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