Arthur R. Eve
Arthur Ray Eve, 76, Okeechobee, Fla, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, at his home in Okeechobee after a long illness.
Born in Corydon, in 1940, he was the son of the late John H. and Lillian White Eve.
He attended Kentucky State Teachers College and Indiana University, where he earned a master’s degree in education, and was a teacher for 43 years in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Florida, receiving many educational awards such as Outstanding Young Educator, Marching Band and Drill Team Honors and recognition as Conservation Teacher of the Year 1993-94. He was a faculty adviser for FFA and nominated for Excellence in Economics for Wm. Dwyer Award, among others. His passion was music but, when he moved to Florida, he had to change his field and became an agri-science teacher at Pahokee Middle-Senior High in Palm Beach School System. He performed at the Opera House in Indiana, in barber shop quartets, orchestrated and directed many plays in schools but is known for the plays in Marengo Cave, was choir director at church and formed a gospel quartet with friends in Okeechobee. After retiring, he and his wife formed a puppet ministry, ‘Puppet People with Art and Barb,’ and traveled around the states and performed in campgrounds, festivals, nursing homes and churches. He also worked at Dollywood in Tennessee for 3-1/2 years.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jessica Hunter.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Eve; a brother, John Eve of Corydon; three daughters, Lavonia Bishop of Florahome, Fla., Yvonne Allbritton of Okeechobee and Michele Everard of Richmond, Va.; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements: Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home in Okeechobee.
Celebration of Life: At a later date.
The family suggests memorial gifts to Hospice of Okeechobee or the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.