Jack C. Everly (1928-2003)

Jack C. Everly (1928-2003)

As we gathered and reviewed the manuscripts for this issue, we received a phone call on February 2, from Jack’s daughter, Mary Bane, giving us the sad news of Jack’s untimely passing. Jack was dedicated to the mission of NACTA through his role as editor of the Journal for 25 years. We pause to honor Jack and his family.

Jack C. Everly, age 74, of Oakwood, OH passed away Friday, January 31, 2003. He was born on October 25, 1928 to Crit and Virgie Harlow Everly in Jameson, MO. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Donna, four children and 10 grandchildren; P David Everly and his son Jack of San Jose, CA; Mark and Ann Everly and children Aaron and Kathryn of Gallatin, MO; Diane and Dennis Jensen and children Nicoletta, Evan, Isabelle and Corbin of Grand Rapids, MI; and Mary and Charles Bane and children Theodra, Corinne and Andra of Oakwood, OH.

Jack was raised on the family farm in Gallatin, MO and attended Hickory Grove School. He graduated valedictorian of Gallatin High School, 1946. He went on to University of Missouri where he was an active member of Farm House Fraternity and received his B.S. in 1950. He proudly served his country during the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart. He married Donna Joan Edwardson in 1954.

Jack and Donna settled in Urbana, IL where he achieved his masters and PhD in communications from the University of Illinois. During his 42 years at the University of Illinois he taught agricultural communications and served as Head of the Office of Instructional Media & Television. Jack did free-lance photo journalism for many agricultural publications. He was editor of The NACTA Journal for 25 years. The Jack Everly Award for outstanding journalism was established in his honor.

He maintained a strong interest in management of the family farm in Missouri. He served on the Board of Directors for Clark-Lindsey Retirement Village in Urbana, IL and was active in the Exchange Club. Following retirement in 1997, Jack and Donna enjoyed their homes in San Antonio, TX and Gallatin, MO. They recently moved to Oakwood, OH.

Jack’s church affiliations included: Wesley United Methodist Church, Urbana, IL, Gallatin United Methodist Church, Gallatin, MO, University Presbyterian Church, San Antonio, TX, Christ United Methodist Church, Kettering, OH.

We are thankful for Jack’s life and how he portrayed God’s love to others. A memorial service was held at Christ United Methodist Church, in Kettering, OH, on Saturday, February 8, 2003. Reverend Gary Bass officiated.

In lieu of flowers, his family requested that memorial contributions be made to the NACTA Foundation to support the Jack Everly NACTA Journal Award.

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