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Arlington Wayne "Arly" Everett
May 24, 1931 ~ April 18, 2022 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Arlington W. Everett of Lehighton. His journey upon this earth ended on the 18th day of April, 2022 at the age of 90.
Born May 24, 1931 in Franklin Township, he was the son of the late Sterling and Bertha (Hoats) Everett, and stepson of the late Alburtis Moyer. He was also preceded in death by elder Brothers Milford Everett and Melvin Everett and Sisters Lavonne Beaver and Joyce Silfies.
Arlington was a self-made, hard-working man who was proficient in many trades but ultimately found his calling working with wood. He owned and operated A.W. Everett Furniture Frames Inc. for 64 years. He was one of the fortunate few to truly enjoy the way in which he made his livelihood and was the driving force behind it until it was sold in 2021.
Arlington proudly served our country by enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1948. Upon completion of basic training with the 101st Airborne Division at Camp Breckinridge KY, he was assigned to the Air Corps Engineer Aviation Battalion unit which was responsible for constructing, maintaining and defending airstrips. Corporal Everett's deployments encompassed tours of duty in Okinawa, Korea and several homeland bases before being discharged in 1952.
He was an active member and current club president of the Shoemaker-Haydt Lehighton American Legion Post 314's Korean Last Man's Club and a lifelong member of the Mahoning Fire Co.
Of the Protestant faith, he belonged to Zion UCC Church, Lehighton where he at one time served as Superintendent of its Intermediate Department of Sunday Schools, and held a seat as Chairman on the Board of Christian Education.
Arlington was particular with regard to maintaining a well-kept home both inside and out. He worked tirelessly to achieve a meticulously manicured lawn in the summer, and to create a magnificent holiday light display for the enjoyment of all in winter. He delighted in reminiscing about the history of Lehighton, specifically the buildings and businesses which once stood and operated in it. Especially dear to him were the Park and Classic Theatres where he carried out the duties of usher and box office attendant while in his teens. He returned as assistant manager of both in the 1952, following the completion of his military service.
Survivors include his beloved wife Patricia (Gilham) Everett with whom he celebrated 68 years of marriage on Christmas day, a son Steve, husband of Pamela (Solt) Everett and a daughter Sherry Everett, all of Lehighton. Three Granddaughters; Autumn, wife of Troy Abelovsky, Shannon, wife of Ivor Lawrence, and Ashley, wife of Nathan Breininger. Five Great-grandchildren; Landon and Reagan Abelovsky, Zaida Lawrence and Paige and Harper Breininger. Other surviving family members include sisters; Phyllis wife of George Zaraza of Coopersburg, Valance wife of Richard Weidner of Northampton, and Eleanor wife of George Szacska of Lehighton, Brothers; David and wife Sandra of Slatington and Gerald and wife Patricia of Jim Thorpe, sisters-in-law; Dorothy Everett of Carmichael, CA., and Anna Everett of Lehighton, as well as many nieces and nephews.
He does not go without taking a huge piece of our individual hearts with him; nor do we remain without forever treasuring the love he had for each of us.
Service: Friends and relatives are invited to call on Monday, April 25, 2022 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Ovsak Funeral Home, 190 S. Fourth St., Lehighton. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. with S.A.L.M. Emma Weaver officiating. Interment, with Military Honors will follow at the Lehighton Cemetery, Lehighton. In lieu of flowers, contributions to his memory may be made to The Korean Last Man's Club c/o Ovsak Funeral Home 190 South Fourth Street, Lehighton, PA 18235 or Zion UCC, 225 Iron Street, Lehighton, PA 18235. Online condolences can be offered at www.ovsakfh.com.