Everett Lee Barley
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Everett Lee Barley
Those that preceded him in death were his beloved wife, Elizabeth Young Barley, his brother, John Ervin "Buck" Barley; his sisters, Nellie Mary McNeil and Blanche Virginia Taylor.
Surviving him is his sister, Grace Marie Bauserman of Ronceverte; sons, Dennis Lee Barley of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Rodney Wayne Barley of Princeton, and daughter, Donna Jeannette Barley Hylton; son in law, Kenneth W. Hylton, Jr., and grandson, Samuel Isaac Barley Hylton of Princeton.
Everett was born in Alleghany, Virginia, on September 19, 1923. He was the son of John William and Bessie Lewis Barley. The family later moved to Ronceverte, and he lived there while attending Greenbrier High School, graduating in 1942.
Everett was an excellent athlete while in High School. Everett helped lead Greenbrier to the 1941 State Basketball Championship. He also played on the Football Championship teams of 1941 & 1942. His love for sports continued throughout his life. After his first game of golf at Pipestem State Park's par 3 course, Everett became an avid golfer until his vision handicap prevented him from continuing to play just a few years ago.
Immediately after High School, Everett enlisted into the Army during World War II. He was trained at Ft. Knox in Chemical Warfare and as a Heavy Mortar Crewman. He served as a Platoon Sergeant of a heavy mortar crew, in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre of operations for 17 months with the 85th Chemical Mortar Battalion.
After completing his service obligations, Everett returned home to Ronceverte, and began employment with Coca Bottling Works in Ronceverte. His dear friends Marshall and Opal Fullen introduced Everett to the "love of his life" Elizabeth "Lizzie" Young of Princeton. Everett and Lizzie married on April 21, 1948, and lived in Ronceverte for a few years before moving to Princeton in 1961. They made their home on the Old Athens Road for the rest of their lives. The neighborhood became an extended family, and closeness of those friendships are something few of us ever experience. Everett, often referred to as "Barley," was jokingly addressed as "The Mayor" of the community. Everett had an outgoing personality, never meeting a stranger, and as a result made many friends and acquaintances.
Living in Princeton, Everett worked as a territory sales manager for East Coast Foods. Later he worked the same position at St. Clair Foods Distributor until he retired in 1984. After his retirement he continued to work hard on his farm and play hard at every opportunity at golfing. He loved to travel, visit and especially participate in fellowship dinners.
Everett and Lizzie were faithful members of Melrose Presbyterian Church where Everett first served as a Deacon and later as an Elder. Everett continued to attend Melrose and the Athens Church of Christ until his death. He had a love for God and desired the fellowship with the congregations. His Faith comforted him in his "crossing over" from this life to the next.
Services to celebrate the life of Everett Barley will be held 1:00P.M. Wednesday, May 31, 2017, from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor Norman Mills and his son in law, Kenneth Hylton Jr., officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton with military honors given under the direction of the Mercer County Veterans Honor Guard.
Friends may visit with the family Tuesday from 6 until 8 P.M. at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Online condolences may be shared with the family via www.memorialfd.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the Veterans War Museum, West Main Street, Princeton, WV 24740, or the Princeton Lions Clubs, Princeton, WV 24740.
The Barley family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.
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