OBITUARY

Pastor Charles Andrew Everly

June 2, 1932February 16, 2021
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PEKIN ~ Pastor Charles Andrew Everly, 88, of Pekin, left the arms of his loving family and stepped into Heaven into the arms of his Lord and Savior at 3:25 a.m. Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria.

Born June 2, 1932 in Hopedale to Walter Gale and Lena (Juhl) Everly. He married Luetta Atterberry on November 17, 1957 in Chandlerville. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Paul (Jane) Everly of Pekin; one daughter, Karen (Rick) Brewer of Pekin; six grandchildren, Paul (Kailey) Everly, Jr., JohnMarc (Tyne) Everly, Nathaniel (Sara) Everly, Leah (Brenden) Williams, Sarah Brewer and Rachel (Christopher) Dean and 23 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Eileen Everly and one brother, James Everly.

Charles served in the United States Air Force.

Pastor Everly began his ministry April 30, 1956 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Chandlervlle. He then moved to Pekin in 1964 and helped start Zion Baptist Church, where he continued to serve as Senior Pastor. In 1974, Pastor Everly began missionary work in Haiti. During that time, he made 252 trips to Haiti, planted 18 churches that included schooling and meal programs for those in need.

An avid gardener and fisherman, Charles enjoyed catching, cleaning, & frying fish for years of countless number of church fish fry fellowships. He loved family picnics and cookouts. He also loved singing with his children.

His private family funeral will be Saturday, February 20, 2021 at Zion Baptist Church in Pekin. Evangelist Bobby Board will officiate. A public visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday evening at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Guidelines regarding social distancing and wearing of masks will be followed. Burial will be at Chandlerville Cemetery in Chandlerville, Illinois. A gathering that includes a fish fry celebrating Pastor Everly’s life will be held at a later date.

Through his entire 65 years of ministry, he has always said “When it is my time to cross over Jordan, I would say to you don’t weep for me”.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Zion Baptist Church, 1322 South 5th Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554.

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 19, 2021

  • Burial

    Saturday, February 20, 2021

  • Private Funeral Service

    Saturday, February 20, 2021

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Pastor Charles Andrew Everly

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Linda Schmidgall

February 23, 2021

Paul and Jane,
I am sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Linda (Swing)) Schmidgall

Ray & Cindy Spellbrink

February 22, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss. We loved being in service with Bro Everly. He loved the Lord, there was no doubt about that. We will see him again. Praying for comfort during this time

Ruth Jesse

February 20, 2021

Barb and I send our Deepest Condolences to the entire Everly Family. I have always wished that I grew up close to YR Family. I dearly loved watching this video and just seeing how happy yr Family is and was. I wanted to be apart of that!!!! Barb and I are so sorry for yr loss, for not a minute will go by, that U will think of Uncle Andy and Miss Him Dearly. But by looking at these pic’s U have LOTS OF BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES and LOVE? With this Covid Barb and I were not able to go to the Visitation. Barb and I want U all to know U are in our Thoughts and Prayers. I have comfort in knowing Uncle Andy is in Heaven with our Sweet Jesus and also with my DADDY, Aunt Eileen, and his Parents as well. I Was surprised there was not any pic of him at Haiti. I would like buy copy of this video for all the pic’s of my family.
Just take this one minute..hrs..and eventually each day that will go by that U think of him lovingly without pain of his loss.
I lost my Husband, Bob, 5 yrs ago it was a comfort being Christians and knowing he was with Jesus but it took a couple of yrs in mourning him. Now I think of him through out each day but they are all for most part very happy memories and not any pain. God Bless You All. And May Uncle Andy Rest In Peace. All my love, Ruthie

Nic Maquet

February 20, 2021

Paul, I’m very sorry to hear of your fathers passing may you all find peace in this time of sorrow.

Carol And Dave Helm

February 20, 2021

We are sorry for your lost. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Gary Piro

February 18, 2021

I have great memories dating back more than 50 years. I feel he was much like a father to me and my brother Gene. Taught me how to fish ( run trot lines) & then cook them up for an awesome meal. I traveled to the Island of Haiti twice with him building crude church buildings just to get them into a great gospel setting. My memories are many...more .He is home with God.

Larry & Vicky Sauter

February 18, 2021

Bro. Andy was a tremendous blessing to the church. Not only ours, but across the world. He loved worship. He loved his family. He loved people. He loved his church family. And, he loved the Lord! Every time he participated in a service the love he had for Christ shined. I remember Pastor Everly from the Boys Brigade outreach; amazing voice in music, an excitement about the things of the Lord, and the ability to hit a softball further than you could chase it could be looked forward to each Monday night. Bro. Everly will be missed by all, but he, no doubt, sang a verse of "Ship Ahoy" as the ship docked. Our sincere condolences to the family. Thank You for sharing Bro. Andy with us.

Jim Dawson

February 17, 2021

Andy has been a friend to my family and to the ministry. I loved him singing Ship Ahoy. It my privilege to preach in his church and him in my church. A worker for our Lord.

Don Blumenshine

February 17, 2021

I ALWAYS REMEMBER BRO. EVERYLY 📞 ME TO LET ME KNOW WHEN HE WAS GOING TO HAVE FISH FRYS AND SINGINGS ,HE WAS SO PROUD OF HIS SON AND HIS NEW BLOOD GROUP

Dale Holmes

February 17, 2021

He will truly be missed and remembered for his caring abd helping of others

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