Former Marked Tree Senator Dies

SEPTEMBER 16, 2004 - Posted at 1:56 p.m. CDT

MARKED TREE, AR - Former state Senator Mike Everett, who spent a decade in the upper chamber, has died after a battle with cancer.  He was 56.

Friends today are remembering Everett for his honesty, integrity and his sense of humor.  Everett, who was from Marked Tree, died yesterday.

Everett lettered in football at Arkansas State University from 1966-69, playing defensive end and placekicker.

As a lawyer, Everett was known for fighting hard for clients.  State Senator Jerry Bookout of Jonesboro said Everett used his time in the state Senate to advance his sense of justice.  A man who rarely mixed words, Everett was also known by fellow lawmakers and lawyers for his straightforward and often curt manner of speaking.

Everett won an award from the American Civil Liberties Union while in the Senate from 1991-2002.

A memorial is planned for later.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)