by Candyce Croom
In the year 1882, Charlie Miller and an unconfirmed mother gave birth to Arthur Everett. In South Mill, North Carolina, he was born as an African American male. Arthur Everett was a Baptist.
On June 19, 1910, he wed Lena. The couple had a son named Clarence Everett and a daughter named Minford Everett. Minford Everett was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on September 15, 1918, and Clarence Everett was born there on March 25, 1917. Before joining the U.S. Naval Reserve, Arthur Everett worked as a cook for Southern Transportation.
On May 1, 1917, in Norfolk, Virginia, at the age of 35, he enlisted in the US Naval Reserve. He was the class 1 cook for the ship. He served from May 1, 1917, to April 4, 1918, aboard the USS Montgomery. He subsequently served from April 4, 1918, through November 11, 1918, aboard the USS Merrick. He was later transferred to the US Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia. To continue working as a cook. On June 18, 1919, the United States Naval Reserve released Arthur Everett as a U.S Naval reserve force class 3. After the war, he and his family lived at 1518 Lesner Court, Norfolk.
After being released, he went back to working as a first-class ship’s cook.Unfortunately, it is not known when Arthur Everett passed away. And his final resting location is also unknown.
“North Carolina, World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2H2-JPNN : 11 March 2018), Arthur Everett; citing 01 May 1917, Norfolk, Virginia, United States, The North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh; FamilySearch digital folder 004321107.