Everett Ray Dougherty

September 13, 1912December 10, 2011

DOUGHERTY, EVERETT R. - age 99 of the Ridgedale Community and a longtime member of Grace Baptist Church passed away Saturday, December 10, 2011 at Ben Atchley State Veterans Home. He is preceded in death by his parents Ray and Tissah Dougherty; his wife, Hazel (Estes) Dougherty; son, Kenny W. Dougherty; brother, Melvin Dougherty; and sister, Mildred Dougherty Workman. Everett leaves three grandchildren, Bernadette (Steve) Hammond and their sons Ashton and Peyton, Dr. Matthew Dougherty, and Michael Dougherty and his daughter Emma. He leaves many nieces and nephews. Everett was born in KY and moved to Knox County, TN, first to Powell where he went to school, and played high school football. After graduation he worked for Cherokee Knitting Mills. Everett was drafted into the Army at the age of 32 to serve in the infantry in WWII, as recorded by friend Jack Collins: "After being trained at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, Everett was shipped overseas with the famed Thunderbird Division (the 45th). His first combat action was the fierce battle of Anzio in Italy which lasted five months. It was one of the most decisive battles of World War II, taking place about 35 miles from Rome. Later his division went on to capture Rome. Shortly afterwards, in August of 1944, his division landed in France and joined the 42nd Rainbow division in a drive through France and Germany. His division was in many major battles, and just before the war ended was credited with the liberation of 32,000 inmates at the Dachau Concentration Camp. During 511 days of almost constant combat 20,000 soldiers of his division were killed, wounded, or missing in action. Everett was wounded three times and received the Purple Heart, the European African Middle Eastern Service Metal with four Bronze Stars and one Bronze Arrowhead, a Good Conduct Metal, and a World War II Victory Metal. He was given an honorable discharge on November 7, 1945". After the war Everett worked at Y-12 in Oak Ridge as a chemical operator for about 21 years. He served as Knox Co. Baptist Training Union Director for several years. Later in life, Everett and his wife Hazel began hybridizing Daylilies and won many awards over the years. They were active members of the Hemerocallis (Daylily) Society. Some of their most enjoyable times were spent with their flower customers and traveling to Florida to live in the winter. Everett's smile was contagious and befriended many people. Thanks to friends, family, and the wonderful caregivers who added joy to his life. Special thanks to Peter Shea, Laura Riester, Bonnie Herrell, and Sue Reagan - they managed his health and affairs when he was no longer able. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Grace Christian Academy, 5914 Beaver Ridge Rd., Knoxville, TN 37931. The family will receive friends 1:00-2:30 pm Tuesday at Weaver's Chapel with the service to follow at 2:30. Rev. Mark Braddom officiating. The burial will follow at New Gray Cemetery. You are invited to leave your condolences and sign Everett's guestbook on our website Arrangements by Weaver Funeral Home.


  • Visitation Tuesday, December 13, 2011
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, December 13, 2011

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Julia Mason

December 13, 2011

Although I never met Everett, I have been touch by his kindness in other ways. He helped to educate many people on the beauty of Daylilies. Rest in peace with all the beauty you helped to create.

Valarie Hamilton

December 13, 2011

Bernadette and Matt: My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family as you say good-bye to what appears to be a great man. I know God will comfort all of you in the days, weeks, and months ahead. "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, He's in the arms of Jesus and not suffering anymore"

Karen Newman

December 13, 2011

Everett's smile was priceless. He was the perfect garden host. Now he can be reunited with Hazel and they can make as many crosses of daylilies as they wish without being slowed down by age and infirmities. As someone once said "To know him was to love him". I'll never forget my visits to the Dougherty garden.

Ann Heatherly

December 13, 2011

What a treasure Mr Dougherty was. Those twinkling eyes and that wonderful smile. I am so glad that I got to meet him and that he became a special person in my life. I am going to miss my tuesdays with him and Gerri and all the laughs we had. I love you Mr Dougherty..... plant lots of dayliles in Heaven.

Kathy O'Mary

December 13, 2011

Bernie and Matt my prayers are with you.. Love you guys.. May GOD comfort you at this time...

Becky Helal and Daddy Billy

December 12, 2011

my precious bernadette; without a doubt your grandfather is in heaven! you had to be a blessing to him just as he was to you! please remember your grandfather isn't dead!! he's a sleep in the lord!!! he's alive and well just as you are!! i love you and i'm always here for you; as you know. you and your family are in our prayers. dad said you let him know if you all need anything and he loves you so much!!!!

Bernadette Dougherty Hammond

December 12, 2011

I know your in heaven now grandpa rejoicing. I know your with my daddy and grandma. I will always miss your smile and laugh. You never complained, you just smiled, and said " I feel good, but I can't walk". Now you don't have to say that anymore. I'll cherish every minute I had with you up until your new journey in heaven. I love you and will miss you dearly.

Amy Dougherty-Chamberlain

December 12, 2011

What I remember about Everett was that he was always smiling and laughing, and also his daylillies. May his soul rest in peace.

Steve Hammond

December 12, 2011

Always a pleasure to be around. His smile was like non other. A Godly man who is loved and will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers for all the family and friends.

Jessie Burkhart

December 12, 2011

He was a wonderful person, and can now tend as many flowers as he wants in Heaven's many gardens!