Everett Wright

Everett Earl Wright, beloved father of Timothy Morgan EverLes and Jek Eeon Everchal, died December 16, 2009, at 10:16pm, at his home in Kansas City, Missouri. He was 62.

Born June 21, 1947, at the home of his parents, James Marion and LaRue Neisler Wright, in Fillmore Township, Montgomery County, Illinois, he joined his three older sisters and one older brother.
Mr. Wright grew up on a dairy farm in central Illinois. He graduated from Fillmore Grade School in 1961 and Nokomis High School in 1965. In 1966, he completed an airline support-staff training program at the Humboldt Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Because of the wartime draft of all healthy young men, he served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, from May 1966 to March 1970, serving two years at the SAC Base near Glasgow, Montana, and one year at the U-Tapao Airbase in Thailand.

After living and working in New York City for two years, Mr. Wright moved to Kansas City, Missouri, in the fall of 1972. He graduated from the University of Missouri—Kansas City with a degree in psychology and sociology.
He began working with the HomeSharing program in Kansas City as a student intern shortly after it was founded in 1982 and eventually became the heart and soul of that program, dedicated to matching the elderly and disabled who need assistance to continue living in their own homes with young people who need affordable housing.
After he became too disabled to work in 2005, he continued to serve on the board of HomeSharing during their search for new collaborators and funding, which they found in the Local Investment Commission (LINC) of Kansas City, dedicated to creating caring communities within the city. Mr. Wright shared his own home throughout his life.
Mr. Wright was one of the founding members of the Midwest Men’s Festival and has been a strong, life-long advocate for human rights and equality for all.

He was a lover of people, gardens, opera, buddhist thought, photography, cats, pottery, wiccan rituals, jokes, paintings, movies, and much more, but especially people.

Mr. Wright is survived by his daughter, Timothy Morgan EverLes of Kansas City, Missouri; his son, Jek Eeon Everchal of Santa Monica, California; Timothy’s mother Leslie Holmes of Merriam, Kansas; Jek’s mother Charlemkwan Kongphan of Pathum Thani, Thailand; his daughter-in-heart, Skyelore Holmes of Omaha, Nebraska; his sister, Dolores Wright Sturgis of Warsaw, Indiana; his brother, Virgil Wright of Fillmore, Illinois; his sister, Beverly Wright Worth of Warsaw, Indiana; his sister, Juanita Wright Potter of Chicago, Illinois; his many nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews; a deep and wide circle of friends who have all known and been inspired by his generous heart, his wicked wit, and his lively, awake spirit.

His oldest sister, Gladys Wright Fravala, died in 1960; his father died in 1990; his mother died in 1998.
A memorial service will be held in Kansas City; time and location to be announced. On June 21, 2010, his ashes will be placed at the base of the solstice stone of the stone circle at the Woodside Memorial Garden, Fillmore Township, Illinois.

 The family suggests that all memorial contributions be directed to:
HomeSharing Program, c/o LINC, 3100 Broadway, Suite 1100, Kansas City, MO 64111
www.kclinc.org 816-889-5050


  1. Audrey Oliphant on December 27, 2009 at 11:41 am

    I know how much you were loved by your Sister Juanita. She has talked about you in such a loving way. May you enter into our Lord’s presence and find rest and peace.

  2. Norma Field on December 27, 2009 at 11:53 am

    I never met you, but I see your kinship with your sister Juanita. What a full life you have lived.

  3. William & Julie Jenkins on December 27, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    May you find the peace we all seek.

  4. sylvia a. mann on December 27, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    My condolence to the entire family but especially to Junita who I know as one amazing woman.

  5. Judy Hicks on December 27, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    we are so sorry to hear of Everett’s death. We did not know of his illness until you shared it with us. I think you and he was and are very unique and wonderful people. It has certainly been my priviledge to know you both. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Judy and John

  6. Ginni Freshour on December 27, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    There are no words. May his memory be eternal.

  7. Linda Williams on December 27, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    My love and prayers are with you, Juanita.

  8. David Lanclos on December 27, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    My dear friend Ev,I will miss you and the special friendship we shared. There are so many wonderful memories to cherish. You, Ted, and I were the three musketeers from Glasgow. You will always hold a special place in my heart.

  9. Shirley Brummet Clontz on December 27, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    I can’t comprehend just how sad you must feel
    For the loss of someone you love.
    This sorrowful time must still feel unreal
    And you’re looking for strength from above.

    I hope, from my heart, that your pain will decrease,
    That your spirit will gain strength again,
    And I pray that your faith will create inner peace
    And that God will send blessings. Shirley Brummet-Clontz

  10. Glenda on December 28, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Juanita, Our prayers are with you.

  11. Myrna Ordower on December 28, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Juanita, Thank you for sharing. What an amazing man. May the wonderful memories you have be a source of comfort to you now.

  12. Lysse López on December 28, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    I wish I had met you Everett. Juanita has told me the the great man you have been…It is a very hard experience for Juanita. May God have a special place for you in Heaven.

  13. Ethel Scott on December 28, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    I remember you very fondly from Sunday school & staying in your parents home when James pastored Woodside church. Love you, Everette and can see your smiling face as a boy even as I write this.

  14. Lois Gesell (Greenwald) on December 28, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    He was blessed with a wonderful family through out life. Life is such a fleeting monent in time. I am so very sorry for the familys loss and all of his friends. Everett and Juanita have such a special bond and friendship. Juanita I am so very sorry for your lost of your big brother. There is no one that can fill that void. Love, Lois Gesell(Greenwald)

  15. Bonnie Perticara on December 29, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Sounds like Everett truly lived a life “well lived,” and touched so many other people. My sympathy to his children and other loved ones, most especially his soulmate and sister, Juanita.

  16. Reta Finger on December 30, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Everett, I only know you through your sister Juanita, but you sounded like a wonderful man. I grieve for both you and Juanita at this time.

  17. Arlynne Ostlund on January 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    What a remarkable man! My thoughts and prayers are with you Juanita and your family.

  18. Ginny Hearn on January 2, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    To have such a caring brother in one’s family, and now these memories–indeed a blessing. May they help you, Juanita, in this too sudden and too early loss of a good man.

  19. Dorothy Norbie on January 5, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Dear, dear Juanita,

    I reread some of my favorite poems this morning thinking of you and the moving on of your brother. Too quickly ends come when we’re just getting comfortable and thankful with what our lives are. He looked like you and shared many of your values. What a loss for you and what a reminder today to live and love never knowing our exact date for moving on.

    Mary Oliver’s “When Death Comes”

    “When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
    If I have made of my life something particular, and real.
    I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened
    Or full of argument.

    I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”

    Everett sounds like he lived his life fully, amazingly, with wonder, appreciation and pleasure. So much like his sister.

    Love you, Dorothy

  20. Patricia Gilmore-Wilkins on June 4, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Everett, so kind and sensitive to all and always reminding me to take day at a time and breath. I will always hear you say to take a deep breath of life.
    thanks for your friendshipPat, Pam and HIC staff
    Housing Information Center, KCMO

  21. Karolyn Carpenter on June 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    I loved Everett with all my heart. He had such warm acceptance of me and of all he knew. I thank him for the gift of his presence in my life.

  22. JoAnn Martin Baumgartner on June 4, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Memorial from the Jewish Gates of Prayer
    For Juanita who will cherish the memories, this traditional prayer says it well…with blessings on your head from JoAnn Martin Baumgartner

    Memorial from the Jewish Gates of Prayer

    In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
    we remember them.
    In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
    we remember them.
    In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring,
    we remember them.
    In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of
    we remember them.
    In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of
    we remember them.
    In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
    we remember them.
    When we are weary and in need of strength,
    we remember them.
    When we are lost and sick at heart,
    we remember them.
    When we have joys we yearn to share,
    we remember them.
    So long as we live, they too shall live,
    for they are part of us and we remember them.

    Remember me in love
    and let me live in your hearts forever.”

  23. Ida lien on December 16, 2013 at 10:47 am

    You are missed my friend. To all who knew you we were blessed . What wonderful memories. You are at peace

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