Grover E. Everett, 71, of Taylorville, IL died at 9:35 a.m. Thursday, November 15, 2012 at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL.
He was born November 3, 1941 in Fisk, Missouri, the son of Charles and Dorris Mayberry Everett. On August 31, 1968 he married Patricia Cumby in Funks Grove, IL. Mr. Everett received his degree from Oakland City College, in Oakland City, Indiana. 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 everyday 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, and daughters, Sheryl Sinclair and husband Merrill of Atlanta, GA, and daughter Elizabeth Mileham and husband Jeffrey of Rochester; 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild; sister, Vera Middleton and husband David of Shelbyville.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 18, 2012 at McClure Funeral Home Taylorville with Pastor Becky Lembke officiating. Mr. Everett will be cremated following services. Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until time of service in the funeral home on Sunday.
Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.