April 27, 1898
Last Wednesday evening a telegram was received here bringing the sad announcement that James D. Everett, Esq. was dead. He breathed his last on the evening of April 20th at St. Louis, whither he had gone in the hope of regaining his health. While the sorrowful intelligence was not altogether unexpected, still it was quite a shock to his many friends here.
Mr. Everett had been in declining health for the past several months. A few weeks ago he went to St. Louis, and the change of climate was too severe for his weak constitution, and he gradually grew worse. On the day of his death his wife received a telegram stating the chances of his recovery were quite doubtful. The dispatch was sent Monday, but owing to the fact that the telephone was not working here it was not received until Wednesday following. Mrs. Everett at once arranged to start to the bedside of her sick husband next morning; but alas! before that time arrived the awful messenger death had called him away.
The body was embalmed and expressed to Farmerville. A committee on behalf of the Masonic and Knights of Pythias lodges of this place met the remains at Junction City Friday afternoon and accompanied them to his home. He was laid to rest in the Farmerville cemetery Saturday. Funeral services were conducted at the Baptist church by Revs. D. L. Hicks and P. O. Lowrey, and the corpse was interred with Masonic ceremonies.
Mr. Everett was a son of the late J. P. Everett, a well known Baptist minister. He was born and reared in Union Parish and in his early youth united with the Baptist church, and lived a consistent member thereof until his death. He was one of the leading lawyers at the Farmerville bar, and was district attorney of the third judicial district from 1892 to 1896, which office he filled with honor and distinction. He was a member of the Masonic and Knights of Pythias lodges of this place. At the time of his death he was 38 years old.
Mr. Everett was a public spirited citizen, a true friend, a kind neighbor, a loving husband and devoted father. He leaves a wife and two small children and a host of friends to mourn his death.