Services for Billy Joe Everett, 87, of Tyler are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, in the chapel of Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home with Dr. Darryle Dunks officiating. He will be laid to rest in Rose Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Billy Joe passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, in Tyler. He was born Aug. 23, 1925, in the Colfax community in Van Zandt County to the late Leon Everett and Carmel Martin Everett.
Billy Joe is survived by his wife Nell, of 62 years; one daughter, Janet Everett Krakowski, of Dallas; two grandchildren, Kyle Everett Krakowski, of Tyler, and Kari Marie Krakowski, of Dallas; one brother, Ralph Gene Everett, of Longview; and one sister, Elizabeth Dianne Everett, of Dallas. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Neilan Maurice and Jerry Glynne.
Billy Joe was a United States Navy veteran, having served three years in the South Pacific Theatre of operations during World War II; and 15 months (1950 to 1952), after being recalled to active duty during the Korean War. He holds two honorable discharges, one for each period of service. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1981 after 36 years of service.
He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge, Knight's Templar and Sharon Shrine Temple, and was honored in 1994 with a 50-year membership in St. John's Masonic Lodge and in 2013 with a 60-year membership in St. John's. Billy Joe and wife, Nell, were members of Green Acres Baptist Church and the GABC Care and Share Sunday School Class.
Pallbearers will be Kenneth Everett, Robert Everett, Brad Everett, Kyle Krakowski, Robert Harold Carter and Harold Hensley. Honorary pallbearers are Howard McFarland, Quintan Chamness and Jack King Jr.
The Everett family would like to extend heartfelt appreciation and gratitude for the caregivers and staff at Emeritus at Pinehurst and Hospice Plus.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on July 5, 2013