Everett William Smith, 84, of El Dorado Springs, went to his heavenly reward, at his home on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, surrounded by his wife, Linda, and his five children.
Everett was born Sept. 27, 1935, at Lebeck, the eldest child of Everett Paul (Shorty) and Velma Irene (Neely) Smith. Everett attended Concord and Coal Hill schools as a child, then graduated with the El Dorado Springs High School Class of 1953.
Everett married his sweetheart, Margaret Swindle, on Dec. 20, 1958, after returning home from Germany where he served as a wrecker driver for two years with the US Army. They were married for 47 years prior to her death on May 11, 2006.
Everett married Linda (Bogart) Swindle on Sept. 26, 2009.
Everett lived his entire life in Cedar County. He was a talented mechanic, working many years for his friend, Ronald Alexander, keeping the dump truck fleet in good shape and building highways throughout the Midwest.
Everett’s mechanical abilities served him well as he was instrumental in the set up of the machines to start CeCoMo Manufacturing, now known as Barrington. Everett continued his career with Synergy gas, with many years of delivering propane in the area, providing children with candy and dogs with bones. He was also known as “the lonely Maytag Repairman” repairing and installing appliances throughout the area at all hours of the night and day. Everett drew the line at working on Sundays. The day was reserved for the Lord and his family. Everett was known as a honest, hardworking man, as well as for being extremely generous with family, friends and neighbors.
Everett was raised in a hardworking, loving, Christian home, and was saved on August 15, 1950, at Concord Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a member at the time of his passing. Everett responded to the call to preach the Gospel, and was ordained on April 12, 1970, at Concord Church. Everett was a devoted Christian, faithfully serving the Lord in all ways, having pastored numerous churches, as well as being a favorite speaker at countless Fifth Sunday Meetings and Revivals. At church, all children were supplied with candy, a Werther’s Original, a peppermint or more recently Smarties.
Everett raised large gardens and had various species of livestock throughout his life. After retirement he enjoyed flowers, making salsa and apple butter, holiday breads and candies.
Everett inherited the care of Lebeck Cemetery from his father, which he has faithfully cared for and upgraded, until four weeks prior to his passing. His sons will continue the tradition.
Preceding Everett in death were his parents; his wife, Margaret; infant son, Thomas; and brother-in-law, Raymond Swindle.
Survivors include his wife, Linda, of the home; five children – Marie (Andy) McCullough, Nevada, Deana (John) Roudebush, El Dorado Springs, Jo (Dale) Shay, Paola, KS, William (Michelle) Smith, El Dorado Springs and Aaron (Shiela) Smith, El Dorado Springs; 15 grandchildren – Amy Roudebush Brown, Nathan Wessley, Joshua Everett Roudebush, Tasha Smith Triplett, Cade Paul Shay, Dalton Wessley, Dalyn Shay, Bonnie Smith Knight, Tanner Smith, Jessie Smith, James Smith, Brandon Shay, Pandi Shay, Kris McCullough and Jenny McCullough Rauch; 21 great-grandchildren, with one on the way; sister, Marcelle (Curt) Goodwin, White Salmon, WA; brother, Wayne (Jean) Smith, South Bend, IN; brother-in-law, Ron (Kathy) Swindle, Thousand Oaks, CA; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends and family in Christ.
Services were held on Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Bland-Hackleman Chapel with Bro. Ralph Benham officiating. Interment followed with Military Honors at the Lebeck Cemetery under the direction of the Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were grandsons – Nathan Wessley, Joshua Roudebush, Cade Shay, Dalton Wessley, Tanner Smith and James Smith.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to St. Judes Children’s Hospital or the Wounded Warrior Project, which may be left at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at: www.bland-hackleman.com.