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Dothan declares Friday "R. Terry Everett Day"

DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) -

Friday, November 22, 2013 was named "Terry Everett Day" in the city of Dothan. The special day was marked to honor the former congressman. Troy University Dothan renamed a building after him and unveiled his very own congressional library.

"He has shown us by example how to make your life count," said Charles Nailen, a Troy Board of Trustees member.

In his 76 years, former Congressman Terry Everett has done more than most, selflessly serving his country and his home, the Wiregrass.

Troy Chancellor, Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., praised Everett saying, "You make a life by what you give. Indeed it's that servants heart that characterizes Terry Everett."

In 1993, Everett took office as the representative for Alabama's 2nd Congressional District. He stayed there for 16 years serving on committees for agriculture, armed services, and intelligence. He used his military background and farming roots to make important decisions that had a lasting impact on this area and our nation.  

"I got to fly a U-2 spy plane one time, and the only reason I got to do that was because Terry Everett saved it; and the only reason he did that was because he knew what he was doing," stated Maj. General Bowen Ballard, USAF retired.

Hawkins chimed in saying, "He was a friend of military and farmers."

Before Everett became a member of Congress, he was a journalist and owner of several newspapers. When asked what his journalism career taught him before taking office, he said, "To never trust politicians." 

"Congressman Everett was one of the best public servants, but one of the worst politicians to ever serve this nation, and that's a credit. We need more public servants and fewer politicians. He served for the right reason. He didn't need the office, the office needed him," said Hawkins.

Now with his name on a building and his very own congressional library, he hopes he's serving in a different way.

"I would hope that when young people see this hall they think about their place in life and work really hard and realize there are rewards for working hard," stated former Congressman Everett. He continued saying, "The best awards in life come from a job well done."

Those close to Everett say he did just that.

Everett's congressional papers and memorabilia are housed in the congressional library. Everett's wife, Barbara, is a graduate of Troy University. Her work and papers will also be there.

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