In Memoriam


| November/December 2003



Everette L. Spivey, 69, a carpenter, died Friday, March 21, 2003, at home. I knew that angels came in many forms, but I never expected to meet one who was alternately covered in coal soot from his steam engine or cornmeal dust from one of his many grist mills. He drove a 1955 Greyhound diesel bus to just about every engine show east of the Mississippi. One never knew what treasures he would bring forth from the bowels of the big silver bus and spread lovingly on the ground. If you admired it, he would give it to you. If you offered to buy it, he would haggle with you over the price, and then give it to you anyway.

If he loved anything more than cars and old engines, it was his family and many friends. Everette never hurried. If you were in a hurry, he would slow you down. Everybody who knew him had an 'Everette-ism,' and most of them had something he had given them - from an engine to a wrench, to a pump or spark plug you couldn't find anywhere else. We often told him that the only reason he worked was to buy fuel for the bus to go to engine shows.

I've never known a person who helped more people, and most of them never knew who their angel was. By his own admission, he had a weakness for 'young 'uns and underdogs' and would give someone the last dollar he had, or stay in the hospital with a sick person who had no family.

Everette was a loving husband to his wife, Lillie, and devoted father to his three daughters, Diane, Rose and Renee. He was a very successful and sought-after contractor who built some of Mississippi's finest homes, but his obituary simply said he was a carpenter. That's how he wanted to be remembered. Reminds me of another carpenter 2,000 years ago who had that same kind of humility and love for humanity.

Submitted by Jean R. Reeves, Ellisville, Miss.

Vincent W. Whalen, 50, of Sheridan, III., passed away July 20, 2003.