Donald G. Everetts Obituary, Death – Donald Everetts, age 88, passed away on January 11th, 2023 at Stonerise of Morgantown. He was a resident of Morgantown. Donald Everetts went home to be with his Lord and Savior. Don is left by one son, Donald Dale Everetts and a friend, both of Morgantown; two granddaughters, Angelica and Christiana, all of Morgantown; and two step-grandchildren in Cleveland, Ohio. Don also leaves behind a buddy. Both his mother, Marguerite Clark Everetts Summers, and his wife Pauline Everetts, who he had been married to for nearly 43 years, passed away before he did.
On the property that belonged to his great grandfather, he was born on May 4th, 1934. The farm was situated close to the intersection of Grafton Road and Boy Scouts Camp in the area. Browns Chapel School was where he started his education when he was six years old. There, one of his classmates was the one who first gave him the idea of buying bread and peanut butter from the supermarket. He stated that “he had never tasted anything so good” in his entire life.
When his grandfather sold the farm in 1942, he used the money to purchase the land on where Chippy’s Transmission is currently situated. His grandma passed away while he was still living there, and shortly after, his grandfather sold the farm and moved in with his children.
His grandfather sold the family farm in 1944, the same year that his grandmother passed away, which led to the dissolution of the family business. Around this time, he and his mother relocated to the Summers School Road neighborhood. His mother worked as a housekeeper for Don’s Uncle Dave Summers, whom she would later marry. Don’s Uncle Dave was Don’s father.
Don went to Summers School, which was a one-room school, and he had to walk at least one mile and a half in either direction to get there. He was constantly on the lookout for new ways to get money. When they were fourteen years old, Don and another lad from the area began working as timber cutters using a crosscut saw. They were paid one penny each foot to cut the mining poles that were six feet tall. Don went on to attend Sabraton Junior High for a brief time following his sixth-grade year, but ultimately decided that he couldn’t continue his education and withdrew from the school.
Don began his career as a Machine Operator at the Duntile Block Company when he was only sixteen years old and stayed there for close to three years. After that, he found work as a bundle boy at the Morgan Shirt Factory, where he was responsible for providing maintenance to the machine operators. Don was given a promotion to the post of Department Supervisor after a couple of years on the job by the plant manager. Don was conscripted into the Army and served first in an infantry unit and then in an artillery unit throughout his time in the military. In addition to that, he was a member of the Local Reserve Unit.
Don was given the post of Production Manager at the Morgan Shirt Factory shortly after his return from active duty in the military. He remained in this role for a total of sixteen years before deciding to move on. He was in charge of the production as well as the quality control. Don also carried out a time analysis, which was subsequently utilized in the process of determining the piece rates. Without having any official education, all of this success was accomplished by hard work and dedication. Don worked for the Morgan Shirt Factory for a total of twenty-eight years.
Following his time in the military, Don relocated to the Brookhaven region and made his home there for the better part of twenty years. He was a very involved member of the community. Don was a founding member of the Cub Scout Troop in Brookhaven and also served in the fire department there. He was a member of the group in charge of fundraising for the fire department. In addition to being a member of the Brookhaven Community Association and the Brookhaven Lions Club, Don was a charter member of both organizations. He was an active member of the Brookhaven United Methodist Church as well as serving on the board there. While Don was a member of the Brookhaven Church, he was also a teacher at the Sunday School there.
In 1976, Don purchased a farm that was situated along the Kingwood Pike and contained a total of thirteen acres. At 1979, he brought his wife, Pauline, to live with him in this new home. Don was a charter member of the Covenant Evangelical Methodist Church at this time, during which he assisted in the establishment of the church. He was actively involved in the church, doing duties such as sitting on the board, holding the position of treasurer for two terms, and instructing children in Sunday school. Don was also an instrumental figure in the foundation of the Covenant Christian School.
For the past fifteen years, he has held the position of Maintenance Manager at the Mountaineer Mall. At the age of seventy, upon his retirement from his job of the Mountaineer Mall, Don joined the staff at the Senior Monongalians, where he now works as the Transportation and Maintenance Supervisor. In the process of laying out the routes for the Home Delivery Meal Program, he was of great assistance. Around ten years were spent with great satisfaction at this particular establishment for him. Don went into retirement when he was eighty years old, but he was later invited to come back to work when the necessity arose.
Before Don and Pauline became unable to leave their homes, they were members of Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church for a number of years. Don was a member of the church staff and taught Sunday School there. During the time that Don was married to Pauline, they spent a lot of their free time serving the Lord, going on camping trips, and going to gospel singings. He was approached with the idea of leading Bible studies on the campgrounds that they went to on a yearly basis.
Both Don and Pauline took great pleasure in tending to their farm and all of its animals. They engaged in cattle farming and slaughtering for profit. Don was filled with awe and admiration for all that he had accomplished during his lifetime. Don’s family would like to take this opportunity to express their heartfelt gratitude to Wanda Yeager and her family for the love and care that they have shown to Don.
Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church will be open on Monday, January 16th from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM and again on Tuesday, January 17th from 10:00 AM until the time of the funeral service which will be held at 11:00 AM and will be officiated jointly by Pastor Stacy Chrise-Tritt and Pastor Nathan Williamson. Friends are welcome to join the family in paying tribute to Don’s life and legacy during either of these times. Both Don and his cherished wife Pauline will be laid to rest at the West Virginia National Cemetery in Pruntytown, with full military honors being accorded at the service. Don will be placed to rest next to Pauline.