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Everett Lee Achilles

May 5, 1948 February 4, 2021
Everett Lee Achilles
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Obituary for Everett Lee Achilles

Everett L. Achilles, 72, of Valrico, passed away on February 4, 2021, with his wife Shirley by his side. Everett was born in Barnet, Vermont, to the late Kermit (“Pete”) and Nancy (McCoy) Achilles. He grew up in Muskegon, Michigan, and graduated from Mona Shores High School. He completed his undergraduate studies at Lyndon State College and went on to earn his M.Ed. from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. He was the beloved husband of Shirley (Provoncha) Achilles, and they shared 50 years of marriage together. They reared their family in St. Johnsbury, VT, and have lived in Florida for the last 17 years.

In addition to his wife, Everett is survived by his daughters, Nicole Heald of Lithia, FL, Corinne Venizelos and her husband Nicholas of Oldsmar, FL; his grandchildren Cami, Kaitlyn, and Parker Heald of Lithia, FL; sisters, Carole Achilles of Palm Harbor, FL, and Jan Achilles of Clearwater, FL; and many nieces and nephews. Everett was predeceased by his parents and siblings Patricia Wagner and Richard, Ronald, Donna, and Arnold Achilles.

Everett served in the U.S. Army, 101st Airborne Division, and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Early in his career, Everett taught health and physical education in Barnet, VT, and coached basketball there. As a graduate assistant at UNLV, he taught archery and tennis. He was assistant basketball coach of men’s basketball at Lyndon State College, and at a later time was the coach of the women’s basketball team at LSC. Always a skilled woodworker, he changed his career path when he fell in love with the historic restoration of covered bridges and historic barns. For many years he traveled extensively around the country working on restoration projects.

Everett was a member of The Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. In his younger years, Everett was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved restoring classic cars and talking about them to anyone who would listen. He had a quick smile, many jokes and stories, and a really “big” and memorable personality. His daughters and grandchildren were the joys of his life. He will be missed but will live on in the hearts of all who love him.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Donate Life, Wounded Warrior Project, or Lost Angels Animal Rescue, Inc., PO Box 260212, Tampa, FL 33685.

Previous Events

Funeral Mass

Monday

15

Feb

10:30 AM 2/15/2021 10:30:00 AM
Nativity Catholic Church

705 East Brandon Blvd.
Brandon, FL 33511

Nativity Catholic Church
705 East Brandon Blvd. Brandon 33511 FL
United States

Graveside

Tuesday

16

Feb

1:30 PM 2/16/2021 1:30:00 PM
Florida National Cemetery

6502 S.W. 102nd Avenue
Bushnell, FL 33513

Florida National Cemetery
6502 S.W. 102nd Avenue Bushnell 33513 FL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Donate Life

701 East Byrd Street
16th Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Wounded Warrior Project

Lost Angels Animal Rescue

P.O. Box 260212
Tampa, FL 33685
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