Reverend Everett E. Gott, 89, of Enfield, IL, passed away July 23, 2014, at his daughter's home in Gordon, Georgia.
Everett Earl Gott was born Wallace Everett, to Mildred (Baldwin) Smith and Robert Earl Gott. His father died when Everett was 10 months old, then his grandparents Minnie (McClain) Gott and Lawrence E. Gott adopted him at the age of one year. He lived with them until their death.
His mother Mildred remarried and had five other children: Joe, Frances, Delbert, Patty and Connie. Everett was able to visit regularly with his siblings as they grew. Joe (Lansing, MI) passed away in a tragic car accident, and Connie, the youngest sister died in a nine-car accident in Texas.
Everett married Ruth Dolores Storey in a double wedding ceremony along with her twin sister Ruby Doris to Rev. Vernon A. Brown, June 6, 1958.
Four children were born to this Union: Larry, Anita, Mark and Holly.
During WWII, Everett worked installing hydraulic systems in P-47s at Republic Aviation in Evansville, IN. He then attended lino-type school in English, Indiana. He worked for several years for the Carmi Times.
Everett attended Moody Bible Institute (Chicago, IL) and earned his BA from SIU in Carbondale, IL. He attended Perkins Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO, and received his M.Div. from Eden Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL.
Everett pastored United Methodist churches around McCleansboro, IL (Oliver and Webb's Chapel) and also Christopher and Greenwood UMCs, Farina, LaClede, Iola, Karnak, Olmsted, Ohio Chapel, Enfield and Wesley Chapel UMCs.
Everett is survived by his wife Ruth Dolores, children Larry (Ruth) Gott, Macon, GA, Anita (Terry) Logue of Gordon, GA, Mark Gott, Macon, GA and Holly (Jeff) Johnson, Mt. Vernon, IN, Grandchildren: Kayla Blades, Joshua Gott, Sara Gott, Jessica Roberts, Genni Kirk, Jonathan Kirk, Jacob, Nicholas, Emily, Julia, Josiah, Samuel, Benjamin, Mariam, and Gabriel Johnson, Great-Grandchildren: Phoenix Crowe, Ransom Roberts, Jackson and Nathan Blades, and Ava Lynn Kirk, Sisters: Frances McQueen (Battle Creek, MI,) Patty Bowman (Chrisney, IN,) Delbert (Lola) James (Troy, IN.)
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, July 26, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at Wesley Chapel, UMC, Enfield, IL. Visitation will be from 9-11. Burial will take place at the Enfield Cemetary. Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Enfield is in charge of arrangements. On-line condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com