Everett C. Halford died November 5, 2010 in Potsdam, at the age of 88.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Carolynn Halford of West Stockholm: a daughter and son-in-law, Richard and Pamela Gilbert of Ogdensburg; four grandchildren, Charles and his wife Angela Gilbert of North Carolina, Lewis and his wife Sara Gilbert of Alexandria Bay, Kyle Halford and Sarah Halford both living in the State of Washington; seven great-grandchildren, Madison, Quinton, Lewis, Noah, Arik, Cierra and Ashton Gilbert; his brother and sister-in-law, John and Nelta Halford of Gouverneur; his sister-in-law, Grace Trombleyof Ticonderoga; and several nieces and nephews.
Everett was predeceased by his wife, Anna; son Donald Halford; grandson Ryan Halford; and his siblings, Ruth, Ralph, Frances, Robert, Paul, Richard, twin brother Ernest, Carlton, Lucille, Joyce and Gloria.
Everett was born in Gouverneur, on September 20, 1922 the son of Thomas and Pauline (Delisle) Halford. He was one of 13 children. He moved to Potsdam in 1930 and lived with his uncle, James Halford until his entry in the service in 1942. He attended Potsdam schools and participated in baseball and football. He was indoctrinated into the Potsdam High school Athletic “Hall of Fame.”
He served in the U.S. Army in WWII from 1942-1945. During his US Army service he was a Tank Commander during seven invasions in the Philippine Islands. He was awarded a Bronze Star for Valor in combat.
On October 12, 1943 he married Anna Curtis at Anna's parent’s home in Ticonderoga. The couple was married for fifty- four years until Anna’s death in December 1997.
Everett was employed by the New York State Dept. of Transportation Potsdam office for over thirty-five years; retiring in 1974; working as a Light Maintenance Foreman. Everett was a member of the Potsdam United Methodist Church, and the Parishville AMVETS Post 265. During his life he loved to work with furniture and work in his garden. He loved to hunt and fish and spend time with family and friends.
A celebration of life for Everett will be held on Mon., Dec. 27 from 5-8 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home, Potsdam. A private burial will take place in the Chapel Hill Cemetery in Parishville. If friends desire, memorial contributions they may be made to the United Methodist Church in Potsdam, or the Potsdam Humane Society.
Arrangements are with the Seymour Funeral Home in Potsdam.