FAYETTEVILLE, NC — Dane Everhart, 19, of Fayetteville, died Friday, April 13, 2012.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2012, in Manna Church, 5117 Cliffdale Road. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home in Fayetteville.
He is survived by his father and step-mother, Michael and Sandra Everhart; his mother and step-father, Dee and Barry Gregory; siblings Geran, Trey, Shanna, Brett, and Amy; and grandparents, Gerri and Gus Thomlin, Margaret and Willie M. Gregory, Jr., and Earl and Glenda Selover.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to www.loeysdietz.org
Dane Everhart and His Father, Michael
He was only nineteen years old and yet, he had already made an indelible mark on the world. Last Friday evening, we lost Dane. His death has paralyzed our community. He was a 2011 graduate of Cape Fear High School in Fayetteville, NC. He was a freshman at East Carolina University this year and he planned to major in biology.
Friends at ECU held a candlelight vigil for Dane.
One of my dearest friends, Dot Norris, went home to be with the Lord a couple of years ago after a long, arduous fight with cancer. She was funny, with a quick wit. She was also a loving and dedicated child of God and she loved Dane dearly. They shared the same strength of character, zest for living, and devotion for God. Dane loved Dot as well. Despite their age difference, Dot and Dane “got” each other. Dane was always smiling and ready to give a hug. “That child is so sweet, I could eat him with a spoon,” she once commented to me about Dane.
Dane with friends at Cape Fear High School
Dane was diagnosed with Loeys Dietz Syndrome (LDS) about three years ago. LDS is a genetic condition (see www.loeysdiezt.org for more information) and affected Dane’s heart. We were ever-mindful that Dane could have an aortic aneurysm rupture but ever-hopeful that a surgery when he reached the age of twenty-five could increase his chances for a long, active life. LDS restricted his activities but it didn’t define who Dane was.
My fondest memories of Dane include singing together in the praise band, In Touch, at Culbreth Memorial UMC. When he and his family were led to move to Manna Church, their presence was missed in our little group. (Check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/culbrethmemorialumc and see Manna’s webpage at www.mannachurch.org) Dane was our drummer. I loved the fact that Dane, his father Michael, and his step-mother Sandra, served our church by being active members of In Touch. It was truly a family affair and it was a pleasure to sing praises to our Lord Jesus with them. The song I’ve chosen for today’s HCIKFS post is “Amazing Grace/My Chains are Gone.” It was one of the last songs In Touch learned when the Everharts sang with us. If you read this blog on a regular basis, you know that I love Chris Tomlin‘s music and this just happens to be one of his most moving songs. The words of its chorus touch my soul:
My chains are gone. I’ve been set free.
My God, my Savior, has ransomed me,
And like a flood, His mercy reigns,
Unending love, amazing Grace.
ECU Friends Honoring Dane
The world is a darker place because the light that shown in Dane is gone from our presence. But I know that he has truly been set free and is no longer confined by the chains of this world. While we shed tears for our loss, Dane is walking in heaven with Jesus, with a new body that can never again be touched by disease or pain. I’ll bet he arrived in heaven with a huge smile on his face. And I’ll bet Dot Norris met him on the shore of the Jordan River Friday night. He probably gave her a big “thumbs up.” I look forward to seeing them both again one day.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever. Revelation 21:4 (New Living Translation)
Resting in the Arms of His Savior
MARCH 31, 1993 – APRIL 13, 2012
“Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)” http://youtu.be/p8YRapsaRfE
All photo credits are from Dane’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/daneeverhart#!/profile.php?id=1759558410