Grover E. Everett(1941-2012)

TAYLORVILLE – Grover E. Everett, 71, of Taylorville died at 9:35 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.

He was born Nov. 3, 1941, in Fisk, Mo., the son of Charles and Dorris Mayberry Everett.

On Aug. 31, 1968, he married Patricia Cumby in Funks Grove. Mr. Everett received his degree from Oakland City College, in Oakland City, Ind. He taught in Champaign for a short time and then worked as an administrator in Mental Health and then the Illinois Department of Corrections at Lincoln and Taylorville.

After he retired, he was a life guard at the Taylorville Y.M.C.A. After his family, Grover's greatest love and accomplishments were in sports. He played baseball in high school and performed on the trampoline when in college. He won numerous awards throughout his life in weightlifting and won the Junior National Championship in York, Pa., in 1971.

For most of his life, he ran eight miles a day and competed in one marathon. He had to give up running and took up swimming and swam two miles a day for a few years before his shoulder gave out. He loved skydiving and said it was the greatest rush ever. Cycling became his great passion. He rode every day possible and one year he rode 18,000 miles.

Grover was happy challenging his body to do more and more. He never gave up no matter the pain and he was an inspiration to many. He was a member of the First United Methodist in Taylorville. He was also a member of the Springfield Bike Club and RUSA, a world-wide biking organization.

Surviving are his wife, Patricia Everett of Taylorville; sons, Jeffrey Everett and wife Maria of Orleans, Vt., Mark Everett and wife Kathleen of Aurora; daughters, Sheryl Sinclair and husband Merrill of Atlanta, Ga., and Elizabeth Mileham and husband Jeffrey of Rochester; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sister, Vera Middleton and husband David of Shelbyville.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at McClure Funeral Home Taylorville with Pastor Becky Lembke officiating. Mr. Everett will be cremated following services. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home on Sunday.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research or Taylorville United Methodist Church.

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Published in Kane County Chronicle on Nov. 17, 2012