Lindsey Everett Allen Jr., 84, of Carterville, passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his family.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, January 19, 2020, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Rev. George Calhoun officiating, closing prayer by Jeff Alstat. Burial with military rites will be at Willowrest Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will begin after 5:00 p.m., Saturday, at the funeral home.
Everett was born October 8, 1935, in Beardstown, Illinois, to Lindsey Everett and LaVeta Lilian (Bowman) Allen Sr. He married Cathy Dianne Larsen on July 12, 1993, in Las Vegas.
He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Cathy Allen of Carterville; daughters, Debbie Allen Murphy of DeSoto and Bertie Moore of Carterville; son, Jeff (Jacinta) Alstat of Pomona; grandchildren, Ryan (Beth) Brooks of Murphysboro, John (Erin) Patterson of Champaign, Kody Boyd of Carbondale, Josh (Emily) Alstat of Makanda, Andrew Alstat of Pomona, Brooke Schimdgall of Carbondale, Bridget Buffington of Makanda, Daltun Hasty of Carterville, Lyndsay Timmons of St. Louis, Allie (Jimmy) Hartwick-Pearsley of Carterville, and Delaynie Dearmond of DuQuoin; 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, Bob (Linda) Allen of Polson, Montana and Roger Allen of Jacksonville, Illinois; sister, Maxine (Walt) Ball of Sayre, Pennsylvania; nephew and nieces, Brad (Jeanie) Allen of Wenatchee, Washington, Becki Allen and Rachel Allen of Jacksonville, Illinois, Michelle Garvey of Galax, Virginia, and Ashley (Nick) Bigler of Atlanta, Georgia; and many dear friends including, Steve Hess, George (Connie) Calhoun, Keith (Barbara) Boze, Bill Hasty, and Frank (Donna) Gunderson.
Everett was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Cynthia (Ronnie) Weihl; and brother, Carl Allen.
In his earlier years, Everett was a talented sportsman who had several accomplishments: won a track meet "by a nose"; played a 6-man game of football and scored 7 touchdowns; and scored 12 points at a 1953 Harlem Globetrotter basketball game.
Everett came to southern Illinois in 1962, and began working at the Carbondale "Fina" Gas Station which was a well known for giving free 32 oz. sodas if your pump stopped on #7. Later, he took a job in Mason County, working for the government clearing forests.
Everett worked as a barge hand on the "Harriet Ann", a tow boat, up until his time in the service. He honorably served our country in the United States Army. After his discharge from the military, Everett purchased a dump truck and began a trash route in Carterville. The business eventually grew, thriving in southern Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky, and employing over 90 workers.
He was fondly referred to as " Papa Ice Cream Man" by many families and kids during summers spent poolside. Everett also liked to help local kids by purchasing their class rings and letter jackets. He was also an avid NASCAR fan and followed the circuit for many years.
He was so loved by so many!
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