Everett Ray Lanham
August 27, 1923 - April 22, 2020
Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather went to be with our Heavenly Father on April 22, 2020.
Everett Ray Lanham was born in Gravel Switch, Kentucky on August 27th, 1923, and was one of eleven children born to Hugh and Nora Lanham. Everett is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 77 years, sisters Louise Young and Carol Gordon (Sidney), brother Harold Lanham (Marlene); son Larry Allen Lanham (Rita), daughter Linda Sue Lanham, daughter-in-law Linda Lou Lanham; grandchildren Darrell Ray Lanham Jr. (Lisa), Dana Nealy (Chad), Barry Lanham, Jeremy Lanham; great-grandchildren, Amanda, Kalee, Kayla, Slade, and Briella. Everett joins in heaven his son Darrell Ray Lanham; parents Hugh and Nora Lanham; brothers and sisters, Stanley, Beatrice, Garnett, Robert, Paul, Gene and Daisy.
Everett was a veteran of WWII, serving in Europe, and received the Bronze Star for his actions during the Battle of the Bulge. After returning home from WWII, he received his BS degree from Hanover College in Indiana and Theology Degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. After graduation from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Everett and Dorothy served as missionaries for the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board in New Mexico. Everett later spent 20 years teaching High School in Bagdad, AZ, where he also served as a bi-vocational pastor of a local church. After retirement, Everett and Dorothy traveled and spent many wonderful summers in the mountains of Arizona enjoying fishing, hiking, reading, and crocheting. Everett will be missed by all of us, but we find comfort knowing he is now truly Home.