John Miller Everett Jr., a retired customer service representative for United Cable in Baltimore, died of kidney failure Monday at Florida Hospital in Flagler Beach, Fla. The former Waverly resident was 45.
Mr. Everett was born in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton. He attended a city public high school and received a GED.
He served in the merchant marines as a shipboard cook for two years in the 1970s.
He was a customer service representative for MCI and a Baltimore credit bureau before joining United Cable, which is now TCI Cable, in a similar capacity, in the early 1990s.
He retired in 1995 and moved to Palm Coast, Fla.
"John really enjoyed shopping, he was a bargain hunter," said John Edelen of Ormond Beach, Fla., his companion of 12 years. "He could pinch a penny like you wouldn't believe."
Mr. Everett was found to have HIV in the early 1990s.
"He struggled with being sick, but he courageously battled his illness. He believed that you keep trying," Mr. Edelen said.
Mr. Everett enjoyed traveling to beaches, gardening and caring for his three bichon frise dogs. He was also interested in antiques and technology.
Services were held Thursday in Ormond Beach.
In addition to his companion, Mr. Everett is survived by his sister, Mae Miller of Baltimore, and a nephew and a niece.