Rooke Everill

August 17, 1960 - May 14, 2020

Rooke Everill, age 59, of Celina, Texas, went to meet his heavenly father on May 14, 2020.

Born August 17, 1960, in Pensacola, FL, to Peter and Maude (Tully) Everill, Rooke spent his formative years in Picayune, MS. Rooke was a ’78 graduate of Picayune Memorial High School and an ’83 grad of University of Southern Mississippi, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Merchandising and was a fraternal member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He married Michele Payne Everill, a native of New Orleans, on March 20, 2003, and most recently attended Legacy Church.

Through ingenuity and sheer determination, Rooke was a successful entrepreneur with an enviable record of accomplishments. As President/Co-Owner of Fini Enterprises in Celina, TX, he received a patent for Liquid Ferric Sulfate, a key treatment chemical relied upon by numerous municipal and industrial water plants across North America.  Along the way, he developed North Preston Lake Estates so that homeowners could build their dream home in a country setting. Rooke’s most recent venture was the development of AeRooke Mechanical Services, where he excelled as an Industrial Mechanical Contractor/Consultant. During his more than 35 years in business, Rooke left a favorably indelible mark on countless professional associates, partners and employees.

Rooke cherished time with his family, enjoyed going to concerts and venturing into numerous personal interests. Besides rebuilding antique pedal cars and jukeboxes, he had a real passion for the many facets of aviation. Rooke flew his Piper 180 out of TxAerosport Aerodrome, an airpark he developed that served as host to numerous Texas-style aviation “events”. His love for vintage aircraft manifested itself through another business undertaking, AeRooke Services, which delivered several stunning rebuilds and restorations. Rooke pursued his dreams with vigor and developed many great friendships along the way.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Michele Everill, his children, Natalie Rooke Everill of Celina, TX, Nicholas Spizale of Celina, TX and Rebecca Winter Duncan, husband Ty, of Spring TX; his granddaughters, Fallon and Josephine Duncan; his parents, Col. Peter and Maude Everill of McKinney TX; his brothers, Col. Kenneth Everill, wife Michelle, of McKinney TX and Col. Jon Everill, wife Christina, of Spring TX; his niece, Mattie Everill; his nephews, Tully Everill, Louie Peguero and Robert Ingle; and many cousins.

Rooke is preceded in death by his uncle, Barney Edwin Tully; his aunts, Rosa Louise Fenn & Alicia Sandra DuBois.

Rooke was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. The joy that he brought to so many will live on indefinitely through vivid memories.

The memorial service will be held at 3R’s Ranch, located at 1695 N. Coit Road, Prosper, TX 75078, on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. The memorial service will be presided over by Pastor Steve Smothermon of Legacy Church.  A celebration of life will follow the memorial service from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Please note that 3R's Ranch is large enough to follow COVID safe distancing.

In lieu of flowers please donate to your favorite charity in Rooke Everill’s memory.

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Tomorrow will be filled with sorrow, but also with happy memories. A bittersweet day. It sounds like it will be a wonderful tribute to Rooke. I wish I could be there in person. I will be there in spirit. You all are in my heart, thoughts, and prayers. God bless you all. Tracy DuBois, June 26, 2020 To the family of Rooke Everill: It is with sadness that I write on a memorial page for Rooke. It has taken me several days to think of the words I would like to share. Rooke and I were college roommates at USM and shared many fond experiences. He was always the life of the party, so fun and easy going but was also a good friend and great listener. Rooke stood for me at my wedding and was always eager to share advice when asked. We always picked back up right where we were on previous conversations with years in between. That is a friend! I was so proud of his successes. But what Rooke was most proud of was his family. He loved his family. While in college, I would visit and the entire family embraced me and on one trip we brought home to Peter and Maude 26 other pledge brothers of SAE. (The Tortured 27). It was a blast! Some accidents did occur but the memory of hanging from the bluffs and banks of the Pearl River will always be a favorite while visiting the Everill's Picayune homestead. Rooke was a blessing and I look forward to catching up with our conversations with him again some day. Rest in Peace and Phi Alpha, Ronnie
Ron Garriga, June 19, 2020 Dear Everill family, all my thoughts and prayers are with you!!! Even though we've never met Michelle, I seem to know you thru all the conversations I had with your great husband, Rooke. I did love the man very much also. RIP my dear friend. Anytime you need a friend to talk to Michelle, please dont hesitate to contact me. God bless you and your family. Love you, John
John Barker, June 17, 2020 Rooke Long may you run my friend! Love your passion for dreaming big then making it happen! Mike Earl
Mike Marshall, June 12, 2020 We were thrilled when we learned Michele found a good man to love her and Nicholas. He was an exceptional man who was good to those he met. During our family crisis, Rooke took it on himself to contact us and gave us a precious gift. He said come to our home anytime you want and stay as long as you like to see our grandson, Nicholas. Who does that? Rooke did. Michele was still our daughter-in-law and now we had a new son-in-law! I pray that Nicholas remembers all that Rooke taught him. And continue to do his good works. Natalie when you sleep I’m sure your daddy will visit you. He’ll continue to guide you throughout your life. And our Michele, you know how much we adore and love you. We will always be here for you. Rooke will always be with you. Praying for peace in your lives.
Linda & Chuck Spizale, June 10, 2020 My deepest sympathies with your loss. Here’s to you Rooke... High Flight Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds,-and done a hundred things you have not dreamed of, wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there, I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air.... Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace where never lark nor ever eagle flew, And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod the high untrespassed sanctity of space, put out my hand, and touched the face of God Bill Capon, June 7, 2020 Among many fond memories of the Everill family is Picayune is this: Rooke and I chasing fly balls in the outfield during batting practice. We told jokes and challenged each other on song knowledge, our laughing interrupted only long enough to chase down a long drive, then start all over again. It was obvious even then that Rooke was a special person. My warmest wishes and condolences to his family in this sad time. Barry Chilton, June 7, 2020 I have known Rooke since I was young. He has been friends with my dad (Rowdy Hennegan) as far back as I can remember. I remember Rooke being so funny and always smiling. He loved those little antique cars that he collected. He had a big heart and seemed to never meet a stranger. My heart hurts for his wife, kids, brothers, parents and all his friends. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time. May God help everyone find peace and comfort.
Tabitha Clay, June 6, 2020 Rest well ol friend.... Geoff Garfield, June 6, 2020 Rest In Peace Kevin Gary, June 6, 2020 My sincere condolences, to the entire family. I know it's been many years since we've had any contact, but your entire family always left me with nothing but great memories. Matthew D. Garrison, June 5, 2020 My heart is broken over the loss of my cousin Rooke. During our youth we spent many good times together. Whether it be exploring near the Pearl River in Picayune or riding horses in Argyle TX. , Rooke, Kenneth, John, my sister Tracy and I had made some great memories together. Although life sent us to different parts of the Country and I did not see Rooke much, I heard much about his enviable achievements as a Man. The last time I saw him he had a big smile on his face which is how I will always remember him My heart goes out to the whole family, particularly my Uncle Peter and Auntie Maude. God bless you and keep you in these unimaginably hard times. Woody & Donna Arthur DuBois, June 5, 2020 My heart aches for everyone in the family. Michelle and the kids, grandkids, cousins Kenneth, and Jon, Aunt Maude, and Uncle Peter. You all are in my heart, and prayers. Such a huge loss. Cousin Rooke was larger than life, and has left many good memories for anyone who knew him. I feel privileged to have spent some time in my early years with him, and later in life I was able to pay a visit to his place in Texas. You will be missed terribly. Please say hi to my mom and dad for me. I’m sure they are waiting for you with open arms. It is this thought, that keeps my heart from breaking at this difficult time. God’s speed. Tracy DuBois, June 5, 2020 We are so sorry to hear of Rooke's passing. Our thoughts are with you. Michael and Pamela Fenn , June 5, 2020 I’m saddened by the transition of my classmate. I have a few fond memories of him. To read that he is now with The Lord - although it’s been over 40 years since I’ve see him, I will see him again. Get your rest my brother. Gwen Hives
Denata Hives-Johnson, June 5, 2020 My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to your family. I first met Rooke through my sweet friend Michelle. He was such a great man and a loving son, husband, brother, and father. It has truly been a blessing to have gotten to know him and all of your family over the years. My prayers got out to all of you at this difficult time. May God give you comfort in the days ahead. Love and prayers to all.
Margaret McGreevy, June 5, 2020 I hate to be reading of this loss. What a full innovative and exciting life Rooke lived in the many years since I knew him. As a child watching the 3 handsome Everill boys was a full time occupation for a little girl in Picayune Miss. As a mother of three sons today I am so sad thinking of the immense loss for John, Kenneth, Pete and Maude, and certainly for his wife and children. Please know that my prayers for peace and comfort are with all of you and I'm so sorry.
shannon squires smith, June 5, 2020 RIP Brother Rooke, I will always remember you as a kind hearted soul. Glad I got to see you last time I played the SAE golf tournament. May God grant you tail winds on your journey. Phi Alpha! Marvin Koury, June 5, 2020 Michele, We send blessings to you and we hope you gain strength by being surrounded by your loving family. Bob and Carol Carol and Bob Schreiber, June 5, 2020 I only met Rooke one time, but I liked him instantly. He seemed genuine and kind. I am so sorry for your loss. Carol Merritt Pennington, June 5, 2020 My darling Mimi, Natalie (LaLa), Nicholas and Rebecca, words could never express what my heart is feeling and how heavy it is for you all. Rooke loved my cooking and always was teasing me and joking about all we would talk about. His fun loving ways will truly be missed. He was truly a master of so many ideas and projects...he was a wonder to always talk to about business. He adored and loved you all so very much. I will truly miss him. To my dearest best friend, my godchild, (LaLa) Nicholas, and Rebecca, I am here always! Love you all always, Melanie/Nanny
Melanie Trager, June 5, 2020 I am so very sorry for your loss. You and Rooke were so very kind to Mr. Chris and I. You and your family are in my prayers. Mrs. Chris Pellegrin, June 5, 2020 Maude, Peter and family. I am so very sorry to hear the news about Rooke, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Michael Romines, June 5, 2020 Prayers to Michelle and to all Rooke’s family and friend. Dwayne Rainer, June 5, 2020