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Maurice Everette Passes Away at 76

Maurice Edward Everette, 76, of Winston-Salem, NC, passed away at Forsyth Medical Center after a long battle with Parkinson's on Thursday, October 12, 2012. He was born July 19, 1936, in Robersonville, NC and was the son of the late William Ashley "Bill" and Mary Louise Taylor Everett. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother William Taylor Everett. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Vicki; one son Steve Everett and wife Connie of Forest, VA; one daughter Mary Taylor Renshaw and husband Richard, of Hardy, VA; two sisters, Elizabeth Bailey of Raleigh and Mary Louise White of Robersonville; a stepdaughter Heidi Bradley and husband, John of Greensboro, their children, Erin and Alec; three nephews, Michael Bailey of Raleigh, Stan White of Windsor, and Stewart White of Colerain.

Maurice was a 1954 graduate of Robersonville High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from East Carolina University and a Master of Education degree from Lynchburg College. He was a long time physical education teacher/coach in the Lynchburg, VA public school system and was the tennis pro at Boonsboro Country Club. His love of tennis culminated with a thirty year career as the tennis pro at Forsyth Country Club in Winston-Salem, NC. His passion for tennis was recognized through the many accolades he received including his induction into the East Carolina University Sports Hall of Fame and also the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame.

Further tennis pursuits won him many local, state, and Southern tournaments. He even used his love of tennis to benefit two causes he was passionate about by creating and organizing annual tennis events to raise money and awareness for Brenner Children's Hospital and Forsyth Medical Center Nurse Navigator program. Maurice's sports enthusiasm also included college basketball. He was one of the most recognized college basketball officials in the southeast until he retired in 1996. He refereed in the Southern, Southeast, ACC, and Ohio Valley conferences.

Maurice will always be remembered for his great zeal for life, his unending sense of humor, his eternal devotion to Vicki, his obsessive love of cars, and his uncanny ability to buy and sell - always haggling to get the best deal. The family would like to thank the doctors at Forsyth Medical Center especially the Palliative Care Team for their special care.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 18, at Salem Funeral Home, 120 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC, at 3:00 p.m. with a reception to follow at Forsyth Country Club. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Forsyth Medical Foundation/Nurse Navigator Program, 3333 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. or the NC Tennis Foundation, 2709 Henry Street, Greensboro, NC 27405. Online Condolences may be made to Salemfh.com