Mr. Everett Sherron passed away on May 25, 2017 quietly in his sleep at age 100. Over Everett's lifetime he has been active in Scouts, he has served with Troop 18 since 1955. For those mathematically challenged that is 62 years far longer than I have been alive! My Son Elijah Rovito and I have been with Troop 18 for over a year plus we have seen Everett on many occasions when Troop 18 and Pack 3019 would do events together. Everett was a consistent figure to our boys, every Tuesday rain, shine, or snow Everett would appear at our weekly meeting. Sometimes Everett would drive himself but often times he would catch a ride with one of the other leaders. Two days before Everett passed away Troop 18 was blessed with Everett's appearance for our committee meeting, Everett sat next to me on my right. We greeted each other and as usual Everett told me he was doing fine. I have never heard Everett complain he would just carry on as usual doing his best. It is difficult to imagine with such a huge age difference but I believe our boys appreciated Everett they would often assist Everett up and down stairs and make sure his path was clear. On June 3rd Troop 18 camped at Germantown Metro Park (formally known as Camp Hook) for the Twin Valley Trails Hike event. Camp Hook was started by Everett's Father in 1927 and was the motivation for Everett's family to move to Middletown, Ohio from Kentucky. Camp Hook was the major Scout camp ground in south west Ohio until Camp Friedlander was opened in 1991. In 2010 Adam Stump led a Boy Scout Eagle project to place this dedication monument and surround the tree from England with a fence.
Troop 18 paid their respects:
Troop 18 got the word out about Everett's passing and Scouters had a big presence at the visitation which was June 9th and a large turn out for the church service on June 10th. We organized a large color guard at the grave site and were able to line the road up with scouts from all across Dan Beard Council. If you were able to make it thanks! Here is a picture as we are getting the color guard organized:
Finally in the picture below you can see the Troop 18 boys surrounding Everett's grave site with flags getting ready for the service to start.
At the end of the grave site service the boys gathered around in a circle and joined their hands over hands together with Everett's casket in the middle of the circle and said the same prayer they always say at the end of each Troop meeting. Indeed this was the best way for all of us to wish Everett goodbye and to thank him for so many years of service.