The latest report is that the doctors say that Everette will not be able to live without life-supporting machines and he made a decision never to live that way. There is still a little hope but it looks dire that when the doctors take him off of life support this week, he will not live.

Everette Shoub, 37, was a better friend to me than I ever was to him. He was a giving person and had a huge heart to help people. He will be sorely missed.

I urged Everette to get involved in our church – not because you have to go to church to get saved (one must trust in Christ fully for salvation) – but primarily because the church needs servants who desire to help people! I’m thankful to Everette for his positive influence upon my life.

I have so many good memories and stories of him. He was the friend in Proverbs 17:17 to me: “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (ESV) Everette was there for me through many adverse situations – encouraging me when I was down and depressed, admonishing me NOT to sin, and speaking the truth in love to me even when it hurt him and me to do so (“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” Prov. 27:6)

There are so many good proverbs and Bible verses about friendship. Most of all, Proverbs 18:24 is my favorite proverb about Everette: “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Everette stuck close to me and we considered ourselves brothers for almost 25 years. You do not replace friends like him. 

-Mark (grieving my loss here on earth, but remembering how to be a good friend to others from one of my dearest friend on earth, Everette Shoub)