Henry Wray Eversole, Jr., 76, peacefully passed away just after midnight on Sunday, March 15th at the home he had shared with his former wife, Lona, in Houston, Texas. His family had surrounded him and kept a vigil by his bed. His death was due to complications of heart disease and a diagnosis of B Cell Lymphoma. With his great personality and kindness, Henry never met a stranger. He was a people person and people loved being with him.
Born in West Palm Beach, Florida on December 14, 1943, to Geraldine Anderson and Henry Wray Eversole, meant Henry was born a Florida “cracker”. His father's Air Force squadron had been training in Florida prior to being sent overseas during WWII.
Henry is survived by his daughters: Katherine Eversole Schrock (Joel) and Nancy Eversole Dunbar (Chris), four grandchildren: Kiersten (fiancée Jordi) and Jack Schrock and Madison and Spencer Dunbar, his mother, Gerry Eversole, his sister, Nancy Eversole Moncrief, four nephews and their wives, 10 great nieces and nephews, numerous cousins and his former wife, Lona Bethea Eversole. His father, Henry Wray Eversole, Sr. and his brother-in-law, Lee Price Moncrief preceded him in death.
Henry grew up in Houston and was a lifelong member of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church where he served as an acolyte, an usher, as well as the vestry. He attended The Kinkaid School, Grady Elementary, Lanier Jr. High and graduated from Lamar High School where he was on a winning track team, and he was asked by Ruth Denny (drama teacher to Tommy Tune and Jaclyn Smith) who needed good-looking guys who could sing, to perform in the school’s production of “Wish You Were Here”. Henry was recruited and received a track scholarship to attend the University of Houston. He was an active member of the UH Alumni Association, served as President of The “H” Association and loved his yearlong commitment to supporting all U of H sporting events. He was a member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and volunteered many hours on a number of committees.
The family will have a private burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, but due to the current worldwide alert, the memorial service will be held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road, Houston, Texas 77056 at a date to be determined in late March or April. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Henry’s name to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, The Briarwood School 12207 Whittingdon Dr., Houston, Texas, 77077, The American Heart Association, MD Anderson Cancer Center or a charity of your choice.