Sandy and Lee Everton
Sandy and Lee Everton are native born Virginians - indeed, Sandy is a Charlottesvillian born and bred. Lee move to Charlottesville in 1970 after long service in the US government, in different roles. He is a veteran of the Viet Nam war. He had a long career in the Dept. of Transportation in the Federal Aviation branch. Sandy had worked with a bank as an accountant.
Some people work even harder when they retire and our two members are of that ilk. Jane Whitworth, one of the Center’s TV personalities on NBC29 TV segment, and a member of the Second Wind Band, introduced Lee to the Center. He plays the trumpet and formerly played in the First-Wind Band but has now moved on to the Second-Wind. He is all praise for the manner in which even novices and those who have not played since they were in Middle School such as he, are welcomed and brought into harmony with the ensemble.
Sandy used to be with the Crafty Ladies but now largely crochets her lap robes for disabled veterans in front of the TV and on long car trips. She drives the vets to the VA MC and McGuire Hospitals in Richmond and usually picks up the robes from the Crafty Ladies and takes them there too. She herself made 75 robes to distribute to various Veterans’ Hospitals. How long did it take her? Only six hours each! Apart from this Sandy is the Treasurer to three Military organizations: the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 74, the Charlottesville Disabled Veterans ,Unit 33 and the Disabled Veterans Department of Virginia, Auxiliary. There are 30 units in Virginia and each is concerned in finding help for veterans and their families in their day to day problems, helping find money for bills, during bereavement and so on.
Lee is particularly involved with the Disabled Veterans as their local service officer. He spends long office hours helping disabled vets file medical claims, fill out forms and go through medical records to help them get their claims through the system. The files take up to a year or fourteen months before they return. Sandy and Lee also have to attend several conventions a year going out of state. They only just returned after the fall convention and Sandy had taken another batch of 70 lap robes for distribution.
Lee attends The First Baptist Church on Park Street where he sings in the choir. He is a Deacon too - one of a group of four who do pastoral work with the parishnors. They pay home and hospital visits to the sick; comfort calls on the needy and bereaved; attend funerals and help widows and widowers. Once-a-month Lee drives the Church bus to give the churchgoers who have no transport a ride to the service. Similarly he drives the DAV van to Richmond to get vets to their clinical appointments.
I hardly dared ask what they did for leisure, as their time seemed so taken up already. Both regretted that they had not been travelling with the Travel Office as they used to. Sandy said she was thinking of coming back to the Crafty Ladies. Meanwhile, she amuses herself with murder mysteries. They have three children and four grandchildren in and around Charlottesville and spend many happy hours and holidays with them.
Sandy and Lee - you are role models for a golden life in your golden years.