Everett Francis James
Aug 9, 2013
Everett Francis James
Aug. 9, 2013
Everett Francis James, 91, of Satellite Beach, Fla., passed away Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, surrounded by his wife, Peggy, and devoted granddaughter, April.
Born in Hingham, Mass., he was a brilliant man who worked in operations and communications at Cape Canaveral. He was a HAM radio code operator K4SYU since youth and actively volunteered with Meals on Wheels, Daily Bread and senior programs. He received Volunteer of the Year and Service to Seniors Hall of Fame for his tireless work in 2000.
He was a radio operator in World War II, serving in the South Pacific with Company A, 557 Signal Corps Air Warning Battalion. He traveled extensively after the war working with code, and, in 1954, he graduated from Clemson University. He was RCA MTP Down Range Radar Manager and, while assigned to Eleuthera AAFB, he met Peggy. They married and lived in the Bahamas for several years. He moved to the Florida Space Coast in 1959, working a rewarding and fascinating career as an operations analyst with military and space, retiring in the 1980s.
He enjoyed building his own inventions, including communication-based instruments, and beautiful brass steam engine miniatures that resembled the very same machines he was in awe of. He would go on to travel with his soulmate to witness the majesty of the steam era still in motion - from Europe to Canada, and to whereever the railways led them across the country.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Lillian James of Hingham, Mass.; one sister, Helen; and one brother, Richard.
He is survived and missed by his loving wife, Margaret \"Peggy\" Eismann; two daughters and sons-in-law, Ellen and Mark Elam of Chattanooga, and Carol Tolliver and Stewart Smith of Athens; three grandchildren, April Tolliver, Miranda Elam and Hannah Elam; one sister, Mary McLellan of Hingham, Mass.; and a very sweet Siamese cat, Spooky.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Avante Rehabilitation and its dedicated staff.
Services will be held privately for family at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer\'s Association, 1850 York Rd., Suite D, Timonium, MD 21093.
Online condolences may be left on his tribute site at BeachFuneralHome.com
Beach Funeral Home of Indian Harbor Beach, Fla. is in charge of arrangements.
Obituary submitted courtesy of Smith Funeral & Cremation Services of Athens.