Lewis C. Everett passed away Sunday, January 28, 2018, at his
Florida home from Systemic Mastocytosis and Leukemia, believed
to be a result of exposure to Agent Orange during his service in
the Vietnam War.
As a First Lieutenant in the Army, he proudly served as a Trans-
portation Officer and was awarded the Bronze Star.
He was born December 8, 1940, in Danville, Virginia, the youngest
child of Alice Elizabeth (Lewis) and Rueben Nicholas Everett.
He is preceded in death by his brothers, Bobby Reid and Rueben
Nicholas, Jr. "Jakey,” and survived by his sister, JoAnne
Savaglio, three nieces, two nephews and their children.
Lewis is survived by his wife of 21 years, Leanna. He was stepfather
to Nick Castle and Katie (Chris) Boggs, and Grampie to Kaylee,
Clare, and Bentley. Also surviving are his daughters, Elizabeth
(Dan) Cherkis and Rachel (Brian) Gibson, and a granddaughter,
In high school and college, Lewis excelled at sports. His
athleticism and desire to do more with his life got the attention
of two beneficiaries who funded his education at Hampden-
Sydney College in Virginia, which was established in 1776 and is one of the last
all-male colleges. He lettered in every sport he played, but his
competitive nature and talent on the football field taught him
teamwork, perseverance, and how to overcome adversity — lessons
that stayed with him throughout his life.
After Vietnam, Lewis began his securities career at Merrill Lynch.
In 1977 he joined Wheat First as a V.P. and Branch Office
Manager in Wilmington, North Carolina. As Vice Chairman of
Wheat First Butcher Singer (now known as Wells Fargo Advisors)
a regional stockbrokerage firm headquartered in Richmond,
Virginia, Lewis was known as being tough but always fair, and was
well respected by the "Wheaties" and the financial industry.
Retiring in 1999, Lewis, a lifelong fisherman, and Leanna enjoyed
many adventures with Captain John aboard their sport fishing boat,
Shangri-La. Playing golf, tennis, and working out kept Lewis busy
in Florida when he and Leanna weren't traveling the world or he
wasn't procuring fine wines for their cellar or doing genealogy
The Lewis C. Everett Stadium at Hampden-Sydney is Lewis'
legacy and gave him great joy since the dedication ceremony in
September 2007. He was very proud of living the American dream,
being born into a very humble life and being able to give back to
Hampden-Sydney, the Cleveland Clinic, and other charities that he
and Leanna chose to support.
Among those mourning his passing are Leanna's family, Hampden-
Sydney alumni and staff, a host of business associates, and many
friends at Sailfish Point.
A celebration of his life officiated by Pastor Keith Leach will be
held on Saturday, February 3, at Hampden-Sydney College
Church with visitation beginning at 11:00a.m., service and burial
beginning at 1:00p.m., with repast to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a monetary memorial in
Lewis' name to Hampden-Sydney Football, c/o Coach Marty
Favret, PO Box 698, Hampden Sydney, VA 23943.