David

October 6, 1943 ~ May 14, 2022

Born in: Owensboro, Kentucky
Resided in: Owensboro, Kentucky

David Michael Everly, better known as “Mike,” 78, of Owensboro, died at home, the place he loved being most, with his wife and children close by, Saturday, May 14, 2022. Mike was born on October 6, 1943, in Owensboro, to Alney Ray and Mary Lena Carroll Everly. From an early age, he showed a natural inclination for building. Whether it was porch swings, kids play tables, room additions, chairs, or just about anything, Mike was unusually talented at creating and fixing things. As a young boy, he learned the value of hard work, as he’d often join his father, a milk man, on his milk deliveries and walked to and from summer jobs to earn his way. Mike loved playing baseball and was quite talented. At the age of 11, his team won the Little League World Series.

After graduating from Owensboro High School, Mike scraped up enough money from jobs done to pay his way through mortuary school in Louisville, where he graduated with a degree in Mortuary Science, while also working at Arch L. Heady Funeral Home. Mike moved from Louisville back to Owensboro and became a licensed funeral director in 1962. Mike moved from Owensboro to Hartford and began working at then Birkhead Funeral Home, which was owned by Haley McGinnis & Owensboro Funeral Home. Alongside Danny Schapmire and D.M. Miller, Mike served the families of Ohio County, conducting funeral services and transporting the sick by ambulance to local hospitals. Mike was proud that he delivered two babies during this time running the local ambulance service. In 1966, Birkhead was sold and Owensboro Funeral Home joined Haley McGinnis at the iconic Locust Street location. Mike came back to Owensboro where he established an exceptional legacy of funeral service for the next 60 years. Mike proudly served in the United States Army during Vietnam, where he was stationed in Washington State. In 1978, Mike was named President of Haley McGinnis & Owensboro Funeral Home. In 1982, Mike married Kay Grant, and together, raised six children. Mike served two terms as Daviess County Coroner, as President of the Lions Club, and President of the Kiwanis Club, to name a few.

Mike was instrumental in a major renovation to the funeral home in 1995, where for the next year, he would oversee a large chapel addition and porch enclosure to one of the most photographed buildings in all the city, seeing it to completion in 1996. In 1997, Mike started the 1st Annual Coat Drive, which to date, through its partnership with Independence Bank and the generous contributions of his community, has facilitated the distribution of over 40,000 men’s, women’s, and children’s coats, with this year being the 25th anniversary.
In 1998, Mike and his wife, Kay became the sole owners of Haley McGinnis Funeral Home. The pride he took in his work, service, and the funeral home was always evident. Upon purchasing Haley McGinnis, having walked the halls for decades already, he and Kay would often go to the funeral home to sit on the porch while no services or visitations were going on, simply to enjoy their life’s work and accomplishments. When Mike was not serving the families of Daviess County and beyond, you could find him in his shop, where he’d spend hours fixing, doing, and learning how to put things back together. Mike enjoyed fishing with his sons, except for the time his son Tim cast his line, not in the water, but behind him, hooking Mike’s lip, causing a short time on the water and long visit to the emergency room. He enjoyed taking care of and riding his horses, attending his children’s sporting events and traveling with his family. One of his favorite places to frequent was Gatlinburg. Mike, a lefty, learned to play guitar and piano by ear. He had such a love for music. After a long day of work, you could often find Mike unwinding in his shop, listening to one of his favorite songs by Kenny Loggins “Return to Pooh Corner” over and over. Mike was known for his sincere honesty and loyalty, forging personal and business friendships which have lasted decades. Mike was firm and fair. A man of humility and pride, always known for wearing perfectly pressed dress shirts, suits, and meticulously shined shoes. His compassion for those in need was evident in his virtuous deeds: serving grieving parents during the loss of a child at no cost to the family, donating suits to those seeking employment, and countless contributions and donations to Right to Life, the Diocese of Owensboro, Owensboro Christian Church, Owensboro Catholic Schools, Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society, Hospice of Western Kentucky, and many other important organizations whose work he admired and believed in.

During the hardest of times, Mike had a great wit and sense of humor. He made his family and friends who knew him laugh. He was an exceptional cook and had great taste in things such as flowers, paint colors, decorations, and bourbon. He looked forward to “Grant Nights” where he and family played dominos and laughed about old times while drinking a refreshing glass of bourbon. Mike enjoyed watching Gunsmoke and smoking his pipe on his screened in porch, which he of course built. he loved his GMC truck, keeping it spotless inside and out. Waxing and tending to it was a great example of the pride he took in what he had all through his life, whether much or few.

Through Mike’s example, many have been inspired to become better leaders, funeral directors, parents, and friends. His kindness and willingness to listen have made a forever mark on this community and his family. His desire to teach and bring up the next generation in funeral care has spilled out from Haley McGinnis, into Hartford, Caneyville, Leitchfield, Glasgow and Edmonton, Kentucky as well as Owensville, Vincennes and Washington, Indiana. His life of service is his legacy, as he spent his nights thinking of, caring for, praying for, you. The trust placed upon him, his fellow directors and Haley McGinnis, was something he was so humbled by and forever mindful of.

Mike is preceded in death by his son, Jeffery Everly in 2010, sisters, Carol Everly Evans, Linda Wells, and a brother, Jerry Everly.

Mike is survived by his wife of 40 years, Kay Grant Everly, their children Holli (Darin) Bean, Tim (Joy) Everly, Michelle Everly and her boyfriend, Scott, Wendy (Jeff) O’Bryan, and Megan (Nathan) Morris. He is also survived by his 16 grandchildren, Brandi, Michael, Courtney, Austin, Logan, Chase, Landon, Noah Chandler, Morgan, Alexis, CJ, Anderson, Everett, Navy, and Bear; 11 great-grandchildren, Millee Kay, Peyton, Mallory, Tanner, Norah, Oliver, Isla, Hudson, Vivi, Owen, and Harlie; 2 sisters, Pam (Neal) Corley and Debbie (Lloyd) Mitchell, and many nieces, nephews and extended family members and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10 am, Thursday, May 19th in the Chapel of Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory. The truck Mike loved so much will carry him to St. Peter of Alcantara Cemetery in Stanley, Kentucky for a private burial. Visitation will be held 3-7pm Wednesday, May 18, 2022.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in Mike’s honor and memory in the form of donations to Hospice of Western Kentucky, 3419 Wathen’s Crossing, Owensboro, KY 42301, and Friends of Sinners, 320 Clay Street, Owensboro, KY 42303. Envelopes will be made available at the funeral home.

The family of Mr. Everly would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Matthew, Dr. Maheshwari and staff, Judy Carrico and staff for being a special friend, always there for him, and to Hospice of Western Kentucky, for the compassionate and remarkable care of Mike during this time.

The staff of Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory, are honored and privileged to serve and celebrate Mike Everly. Share your messages of condolences with the family by signing his virtual guestbook below.

Services

Visitation: May 18, 2022 3:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301


https://www.haleymcginnis.com

Service: May 19, 2022 10:00 am

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301


https://www.haleymcginnis.com

Graveside Service: May 19, 2022 12:00 pm

St. Peter of Alcantara Cemetery
Stanley, KY
Owensboro, KY 42301


https://www.haleymcginnis.com

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  1. Mike and later, Megan and Nathan, have cared for my family members. He prepared many a soul to make their final earthly journey. May the host of angels welcome him home.

  2. Mike was a great person and Funeral Director. Got to know Mike and Kay while I was secretary and treasurer of the Southern District FD Association. The Everly family has my deepest sympathy. Eddie L. Smith, J.C. Kirby & Son Funeral Chapel, Bowling Green, KY

  3. So sorry to hear about Mike.
    Mike and I grew up together when he lived on Stone Street and I lived on Highland Ave. My prayers are with the family.

  4. So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was a good person, always wanting to help you especially during the most difficult times of your life. He was a good friend of the Pointer families. I know he willed be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends and may he RIP.

  5. I am so sorry Kay, Megan and the rest of the family. Jerry and I so enjoyed the time we spent with your family. Jerry held Mike in the highest of regards as an employer. It was one of his greatest honors to to take Megan under his wing to help guide her along her mortuary endeavors. Haley’s always felt like home because of the family atmosphere. My prayers are with you all

  6. My prayers and Condolences to Kay and all the Family! A new Angel has entered Heaven 🙏🏻🌹🙏🏻

  7. Mike has served my family so many years. Mom, Dad, Grandparents, Aunt, Uncles, and friends. I never felt uncomfortable about visiting the Funeral home. It was so peaceful and serene. I always felt at home. Kay, I know he will be missed. Love you all. RIP ole friend. God Bless.

  8. I worked for Mike before moving to Miami, FL 41 years ago to continue my career as a funeral director. He was a great man. I am thankful that I knew him

  9. So Sorry for Mikes Passing, Greatly Missed. Often I would recall our Conversations about Cooking Recipes along with a Glass of Bourbon.

  10. I grew up with Mike on Stone Street. Never forget when Mike and his brother got boxing gloves. Their backyard became a boxing ring for the entire neighborhood. I went home with a bloody nose. Great neighborhood for growing up!

  11. So sorry to hear. Mike was always such a nice man to my dad and my family. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  12. To All of the families of Mike’s.
    Paulette and I were saddened to hear about the passing of
    Mike and extend our condolences sympathies to all. Mike
    was a man of many talents and a gentle soul who will
    certainly be missed by many. All are in our thought’s and
    prayer’s.

    Larry and Paulette Boswell
    Owensboro, KY

  13. Mr. Everly and the staff at Haley McGinnis have taken care of many loved ones in my family. He was always so kind and helpful during a trying time. God Bless him and his family. Sending condolences and prayers to his family and friends. His passing will be Owensboro’s loss.

  14. My dear friend, Mike, how I enjoyed our time together many years ago! I loved all our story sharing and what I remember most was your great sense of humor.
    I wish I had known you weren’t well as I would have wanted to come see you one last time :(.
    You were a great man, loved your family and did so much for others in your lifetime – what a legacy you will leave on this earth and to the people who have known you.
    I truly do thank GOD “for all my remembrances of you”, Mike.
    Kay, Tim, and family – my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  15. Kay & family,
    We are so, so sorry for your loss!!! Y’all are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time!!!
    Joe & Doris Niehaus

    • Sue: Mike helped ease the pain of losing mom and dad (’95 and ’89) — a true professional at his trade; my sisters and I were very impressed with Haley-McGinnis. “Ben” (Gulfport)

  16. Kay & Family,

    I am so sorry about Mike, always appreciated you both. He was a good and honest competitor and you always knew where he stood. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  17. Kay,
    So very sorry about Mike, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, may he Rest In Peace,Amen

  18. Kay and Family,

    Please accept my condolences in the loss of Mike. I have known Mike for many years and he was a wonderful man. He will be greatly missed. Your friend, Louis Glenn

  19. I did not know Mike well and only talked to him a few times through the years, but I have a story to tell about him that I have shared many times.
    In 1959, when I was thirteen years old, and a student at Eastern Junior High School in Owensboro, I saw Mike win a school talent show playing his guitar on ‘Lonesome Town’ by Ricky Nelson. I was a huge Ricky Nelson fan!
    Although my dad was a great jazz guitar player and my teacher, I had never seen someone play live, “cool” music on the guitar. I went home that day and asked my dad to show me the chords for Ricky’s song. So, I guess that you could say that Mike had a major musical influence on me, but never knew it. My condolences to his family.
    Mike Crabtree

  20. Our heart goes out to all those who were lucky enough to know such a great individual. We honor you as you celebrate his memory!
    Logan Stark
    Precoa Family

  21. Dear Kay & Family – My heart is broken to hear this news. Please know my deepest Sympathy goes out to each of you during this time of sadness & I pray your cherished memories will help bring you comfort & peace. 🙏🏻
    I’m so grateful for our friendship, all our wonderful trips & times shared together & will always be grateful for your kindness to Jim & me. You are in my thoughts & prayers. Love, Betty ❤️🤗

  22. I wanted to pass along my condolences.Your family helped mine through difficult days with my mother and did it with the highest of class. I’d be remiss not to acknowledge and offer my prayers in your time of need.

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