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Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home

1360 N Courtenay Pkwy, Merritt Island, FL

OBITUARY

Everett Paul Whitehead

February 1, 1934June 22, 2019
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Everett Whitehead, age 85, of Cocoa, Florida went peacefully on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Everett was born February 1, 1934 to John Whitehead and Hazel Havener Whitehead. He was the loving husband of the former Mildred Cook. He was the dear father to Kelly Whitehead (Geana) and son Richard Whitehead. He was a devoted grandfather to Corey, Sean and Jason and great-grandfather to Larkyn and Hunter. He was beloved brother to Gilbert, John, Dean, Duane, Loretta and Jack.

Everett moved to Florida in 1966 and spent many years as a University Professor and Dean. Everett enjoyed travelling, tending to his rental properties, writing (he wrote his own autobiography) and farming back in Iowa.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will take place at Wylie Baxley Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.wyliebaxleymerrittisland.com for the Whitehead family.

  • FAMILY

  • Mildred Whitehead, Wife
  • Kelly Whitehead, Son
  • Geana Whitehead, Daughter-in-law
  • Richard Whitehead, Son
  • Jason Whitehead, Grandchild
  • Corey Whitehead, Grandchild
  • Sean Whitehead, Grandchild
  • Larkyn Whitehead, Great Grandchild
  • Hunter Whitehead, Great Grandchild
  • Everett had 6 siblings, 5 boys and 1 girl.

Services

16 July

Funeral Service

5:00 pm

Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home

1360 N Courtenay Pkwy
Merritt Island, Florida 32953

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Darrell Whitehead

July 16, 2019

Darrell Whitehead

July 16, 2019

There was no one else like Uncle Everett Whitehead (also known as Cedric and often called "Doc" by his son Richard, because he had a doctorate degree from when he went to college).
A big fan of education, He always tried to encourage many, if not ALL of his nieces and nephews into investing their time into a good education, because he knew in the long term that their education would serve them well, no matter what area of life they decided to endeavor. And I always remember him saying to me from time to time, "Darrell, you're a gentleman and a scholar". Words of encouragement to keep me pressing forward in life.
Uncle Everett and his sister Loretta for many years spearheaded our Whitehead family reunion, that we still celebrate on the first Sunday in August every year in Murray, Iowa. (The water balloon toss, the egg toss, and the Friday night card games of Pitch and "oh heck" won't be the same without your sense of humor leading the way!).
And we could always depend on not only good stories of generations past, but also encouraging words of wisdom and advice. Uncle Ev was one of the best story teller's of our family and made going to the reunion every year so much fun. He was an encourager for as long as I can remember. I think that it's what I'll remember about him the most. Even when he was having a not so fantastic day himself, and if it seemed to be one of your worst days, he would try to forget about his own problems and give you words of encouragement to keep and put you back on steady ground.
Thanks for all the years of encouragement, Uncle Ev. Your life was one well lived and the memories of your life will be cherished in our hearts for as long as we can hold them dear. Until we meet again in heaven. I know there will be lots more colorful stories for you to tell us when we get there. Give all your brothers and sisters and Grampa and Grandma a hug from all of us! Love your nephew, Darrell Whitehead.

Vickie and Edna Severn

July 2, 2019

No one could tell a story like Everett. You were never quite sure if he made up some of the details to make it a better story but in the end it was always a great story. That was Everett a really great story. We’ll miss you, Cuz.

Janis Campbell

July 2, 2019

I'm so sad to learn of Ev's death. I taught at the Melbourne campus. However, I sat through many meetings with Ev at BCC. His insight was instrumental in many union activities and contracts. His wit was always a blessing in tense situations. I miss him. My sympathies to his family where I know he will be dearly missed as well.

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