Durward Everett



Durward Roscar Everett, Jr., 98, died peacefully on June 16, 2023 at Rosewood Health Center, The Cypress Club of Raleigh. He was born on February 20, 1925 in Robersonville to Fanny Smith Everett and Durward Roscar Everett, Sr.

He attended Davidson College and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1947 with a BS degree in Commerce. His college days were interrupted when he enlisted in the US Navy and attended US Navy Midshipmen's School at Columbia University in NYC. He served as an officer in the Pacific theater during World War ll. He was especially proud of his shared military service with his grandson, Will, who served as a Lieutenant in US Navy SEALs.

On June 21, 1947 Durward married Iris Taylor and they began their happy life together in Raleigh. He had a successful, lifelong career with Wachovia Bank, beginning in Raleigh, then Durham, and ending in Asheville. He was most happy when involved in numerous civic activities in each of these communities. Durward was a lifelong supporter of UNC athletics and the UNC Educational Foundation. He was also an avid golfer.


Durward was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Iris Everett, his brother, Don Everett, and his sister-in-law, Janie Everett. He is survived by his daughters, Amy Martin (John), Jan Ponton (Robert), and Pat Everett; by his grandchildren, John Martin (Kate),Ward Martin (Charlotte), Will Martin (Sandra), Amy Gussenhoven (Jordan), Rob Ponton (Rebecca Jane), Brian Craft and Taylor Craft; by his soon to be 16 great grandchildren; and by his niece, Cathy Wilson.

A graveside service will be held at 11 :OO am on Friday, June 23 at Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, 4 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Suite 300, Ashevile NC 28803, The SPCA of Wake County, 200 Petfindeer Lane, Raleigh 27603, or the charity of one's choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Raleigh.

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06/23/23 02:58 PM #1    

Bob Southerland

Durward was not only a good friend, but he had a lot of confidence in me. He gave me corporate responsibility for several bank relationships, including IBM, Burroughs-Wellcome, Becton-Dickinson, Huyck Corp. et al.  I shall always be indebted to Durward for my growth as a Wachovia banker.  We re-connected when he returned to Raleigh from  Asheville and resided in The Cypress. Enjoyed many lunches together and trips around the Research Triangle, talking about "old times" I shall miss Durward.

06/24/23 02:42 PM #2    

Charlie Frankel

Durward was a wonderful gentleman. I was fresh out of Bank Management School and had recently joined Wachovia Services when I first traveled to the Raleigh office. He could not have been more welcoming and accommodating to young, inexperienced rookie. He epitomized the culture of Wachovia.



06/24/23 04:34 PM #3    

David Cotterill

A true gentleman and a great banker.

He supported the efforts of those of us in operations even though we never made loans.

I always enjoyed being with him and his welcoming, warm conversations.

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