Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
December 1, 1960
Page 1
Rites Saturday For
Religious Writer, 76
          Ray D. Everson,  76, native of Shelby county and widely known lecturer former newspaperman and religious writer whose weekly column, Layman's View of Religion, [ ] has appeared in The Shelbyville News for many years died at 9:50 p.m. Wednesday at Community Hospital in Indianapolis.  He was taken to the hospital Nov. 14 following a heart attack.  His home was on Harvey Road, Acton.
          Mr. Everson, a prominent Methodist layman, at one time was employed on the old Shelbyville Jeffersonian and Democrat and served as managing editor of The Indianapolis News from 1926 to 1934.  His newspaper career also included work in Natchez, Miss., and Chicago and serving as editor and publisher of the Indiana Farmer's Guide and editor of the Truckmen's News in Cincinnati.
          He was a long-time member of the East 10th St. Methodist Church in Indianapolis and in 1926 organized the Everson Sunday School class, which grew from an enrollment of the five persons to a present membership of some 400.  He was elected twice as a delegate to the General Conference of the Methodist Church and three times to the Jurisdictional Methodist Conference.
          Mr. Everson was the author of six books, the latest of which,  "This Side of Heaven,"  was written as a memorial to his wife and
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Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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