Charlotte Battle Everbach
May 15, 1931 – June 6, 2019
Some would say that Charlotte Battle Everbach’s college mantra, “We can do better” was her rallying cry for excellence and community service for most of her life.
Charlotte passed away peacefully in Winter Park, FL on June 6, 2019.
Charlotte Battle was born in Talbotton, GA in 1931. Her parents passed away before she finished high school, so Charlotte moved to Clearwater, FL to live with her Aunt Lottie until she went off to college - Wesleyan College in Macon, GA.
After graduating magna cum laude with a BA in Art History, Charlotte enrolled in graduate studies at the University of Southern California and New York University. She then moved to Louisville, KY, becoming one of the first female producers hired by a local television station.
It was in Louisville that Charlotte met Jack Everbach, whom she married in 1956. The young couple moved to Florida soon after their daughter Geri’s birth, and by 1962 they had settled in Winter Park. Jack pursued a career in radio broadcasting. Charlotte studied for and passed a rigorous exam to become a proud member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). She had a long and distinguished career as an associate of Warren G. Arnett, Interiors. Her talents were showcased across Central Florida in residential and commercial projects.
In 1977, Charlotte learned about what would become Atlantic Center for the Arts, in New Smyrna Beach. She embraced its vision of providing artists of all disciplines a supportive and creative environment. Charlotte became a founding trustee and tireless supporter for 39 years. As the consummate fundraiser, which she called friend-raising, Charlotte developed an impressive group of friends and supporters for Atlantic Center for the Arts. In 2009, Atlantic Center celebrated Charlotte’s exceptional service with the prestigious Spirit Enrichment Award.
Charlotte’s commitment to improving her community extended to other organizations as well. She volunteered with the Orlando Museum of Art, and she served on its Acquisition Committee and Board of Trustees. In 1981, the Women’s Executive Council named Charlotte as their Outstanding Woman of the Year in the Arts. She worked with the Friends Committee of the Cornell Museum of Rollins College and served on the Acquisition Committee of the Orlando International Airport during expansion of its extensive art collection. Charlotte was honored in 2012 by her beloved alma mater, Wesleyan College, with a Distinguished Service to the Community award. She served on the church vestry and a variety of committees for many years at the Church of the Good Shepherd.
Always the quintessential “people person”, Charlotte was treasured by her family and many friends. She frequently remarked how thankful she was for her wonderful life - filled with family, friends, art, travel and service. Her positive spirit was legendary.
Charlotte’s husband of 46 years, Jack, died in 2002. She is survived by her daughter Geri Rybacki, son-in-law Peter Rybacki, grandchildren John Rybacki and Kendall Rybacki and great grandchildren Blake Rybacki and Isabella Crittendon. She will be laid to rest beside her husband Jack at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, KY.
A Celebration of Charlotte’s Life will be planned by family and friends for a later date in Florida.
In lieu of flowers, Charlotte’s legacy can be honored through gifts to Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1414 Art Center Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 or online at atlanticcenterforthearts.org ; or to Church of the Good Shepherd, 331 Lake Ave, Maitland, FL 32751.
Charlotte’s family invites you to share fond memories and photos by clicking on “Add A Memory”, below.
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Charlotte Battle Everbach
August 11, 2019
Charlotte was a dear friend and we shared a love of the arts. She was a great supporter of the Atlantic Center, maybe second only to Doc Leeper, the founder.
Charlotte took an adult art history class with me and I should have known she knew as much about the subject as I did.
Charlotte was also a terrific decorator who helped me make some good choices where I could have gone awry. Her decisions enhanced the quality of my life and many, many others in central Florida. Thanks Charlotte for leaving your mark on our community both tangible and intangible.
Bob Lemon, Professor Emeritus of Art History at Rollins College
July 17, 2019
From Mom's friend Alice MacMahon, via email -
"For many years, Charlotte hosted a Christmas luncheon for several women friends at the Winter Park Raquet Club, and later the Alfond. I was fortunate to be one of those friends. Initially it was a celebration of her recovery from an acute health problem - one from which few survive. It then became a celebration of life for all of us. She was always so gracious and engaged with each of us and we all looked forward to the event. I consider those festive gatherings as precious memories.
Below, in December of 2013, are Louise, Beverly, Ethel, Trish, Charlotte and me.
Thanks for the memories, dear Charlotte."
June 28, 2019
Dearest Geri, Thanks for keeping me on your list !!!!
Am full of so many warm, happy memories of Charlotte over the years......Our friendship began because of you & Becky in Junior High , High school , college and beyond until today....75 years or more. We were sooooo LUCKY !!!!!!
Her bright intelligence & Southern ways and ALL the Art world knowledge was fascinating....plus her love of the on-going worid & people around her & beyond, Her Travel letter from India was soo full of amazing tid bits & facts...I keep it in my reference library.....incase I ever make it there. ( I believe that trip it out )
And then there were the long,,long walks on the beach @ NSB where we walked for hours (@ different times ) sharing & solving the PROBLEMS of the world ...in our Shared wisdom ! :)
Could go on & on ...but must close for now,,,,The warm memories just keep on coming !!! Look forward to seeing you and yours when you have OUR celebration later.
Have a few pictures to send...
So thankful you & yours shared your magical time here with me & my family.....XXXXXOOOOO
June 19, 2019
Charlotte was one of my favorite people. Always sunny and bright. As a fellow designer we served on many committees together for ASID and we traveled to many National conferences. She was a steadfast friend and genteel lady. I am blessed to have known her. She will be missed by many.
With love to her family,
June 18, 2019
Charlotte was instrumental in helping me with maintaining the Church of the Good Shepherd as an Episcopal church. We worked tirelessly for a year to accomplish this task. I felt the love and support of her commitment. I will always treasure those memories.
June 17, 2019
I have so many wonderful memories of Charlotte that it would take volumes to express them. Her gifts of time, treasure and devotion to the ACA were endless. Doc was the creator of ACA but I always thought that Charlotte mothered it through good and bad times. It was an honor to work with her and call her friend. Sincerely, Sam Owens
June 16, 2019
I am saddened to hear of Charlotte's passing. She was a great customer and a great friend and it was my honor to know her.
I started cleaning Charlotte and Jack's carpet 23 yrs a go and when they called me to come do some work for them I always looked forward to going and doing the work then staying a extra hour just talking, I will miss her fellowship
My condolences to Geri, Pete and family
June 15, 2019
Dear Geri & Pete and family.
Mark and I and the entire Bachman family extend our condolences on the loss of Charlotte. We have been so fortunate to have known her for so many years. And the ladies only trip to Paris I was on with Charlotte not so many years ago, I will remember her saying that traveling with a group is fine as long as you "honor the group". She was kind and generous to all, in many ways an absolute perfect friend and traveling buddy. My visit to you Geri, last December gave me the opportunity to visit Charlotte, it was great to sing Christmas carols and she sang along so nicely. May she rest in peace, she ran the good race God asked her to run.