I have lived in the Lebanon, MO community since 1970. I was born and raised till teen years in NY, mostly in Massapequa, NY. I have been at the same job going on 22 years now; this keeps me quite busy as being on call part of my work week. I have been married to my wife Terry for almost 20 years, and we have one daughter, Julie. I have been there for many burials of family, and friends. Some of both remain a mystery to where those family and friends might be found. I have found a few of both, and have lots more to find. I will try to do photo requests as family, work and leisure time allows. I started several years ago trying to find my family and all its branches. Some of these branches really grow, and others are getting older and less fruitful. Who would have thought that tracing your roots could cause a person to get so many gray hairs? Also finding family members that want to fight rather than try to find and preserve family and family history. I feel like we are paving the way for our children, just as our parents and grandparents have paved the way for us, only now it is easier to keep up with family in this electronic and technological age that we are in.
BOLLES CEMETERY Hello, Joe. A new cemetery book is being compiled for the Bolles Cemetery and the publishers would like to include as many photos as possible. Would you consider granting permission to use the photo you have posted for Everett Vandergrift? You will be given credit for the photo.
EWING EVERETT VANDERGRIFT, son of Dewey and Velma Wilson Vandergrift, was born September 28, 1928, in Laclede County, Missouri and departed this life August 18, 2009, in Lebanon, Missouri, at the age of eighty-years.
Early in life, Everett, as he was known to family and friends, professed his faith in Christ, and at the time of his death was attending Bennett Spring Church of God.
Everett grew up in the Bennett Spring area. He made friends easily and appreciated the closeness of the small community. He remained in contact with many of them throughout the years.
On April 10, 1955, he was united in marriage with Evelyn Flystra. She preceded him in death on May 25, 2008.
Everett retired from Swift and Company after twenty five years of service. He was the owner and operator of VAN'S Motor Sales and Body Shop for thirty five years in Lebanon. He took great pride in his work and paid attention to detail. His customers and the relationships he built with them were very important to him.
Everett enjoyed playing his guitar and singing. He played with family and friends as often as possible. He also enjoyed playing golf, sometimes averaging over three times a week. However, nothing compared to the time spent and memories made with his family.
He is survived by one daughter, Linda Smith and her husband Dick of Buffalo, MO; one son, Gregory Vandergrift and his wife Lori of Holts Summitt, MO; his fiance' Ronna Sue Howard of Lebanon, MO; one step-son, Darrell McLaughlin, also of Lebanon, MO; three brothers, Hershel and his wife Vicky, Ernest and his wife Sue, and Virgil Vandergrift and his wife Libby; one sister, Esther Cottingham and her husband Zane, all of Lebanon, MO; seventeen grandchildren, Adrian, Shauna, Bethany, Brandy, Jarrad, Jacob, Jeffrey, Micheal Vandergrift, Caitlin, Michael Murphy, Bucky, Shane, Matthew, Darrell, Anna and Christina; twelve great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, five year old Blanch and Betty Stone and two brothers, infant brother Dale and Clarence.
Everett was a loving father and grandfather, cherished brother and treasured fiance'. He had contagious laughter and the ability to light up a room. He will be greatly missed.
IN MEMORY OF EWING EVERETT VANDERGRIFT BORN September 28, 1928
PASSED AWAY August 18, 2009
SERVICE 11:00 A.M., Saturday, August 22, 2009 Shadel's Colonial Chapel
MINISTER Pastor T.J. Brown
MUSIC Jennifer Vandergrift, Soloist Linda Smith, Soloist Patsy Wallis, Pianist
ESCORTS (Grandchildren) Adrian Vandergrift Jarrad Vandergrift Jacob Vandergrift Michael Murphy BuckyMurphy Shane Murphy Micheal Vandergrift Matthew Smith
HONORARY ESCORTS DanMurphy Jordan Medley Allen Nutter Jim Kilgore
Volunteer pics Thank you for offering to take volunteer pics for all our families. I have several requests out in the Lebanon Mo area. I will submit more when I can get more organized, Thanks so much, Maggie