Everest McDade

Arden - Everest McDade, 90, of Arden, died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006, at Asheville V.A. Medical Center, with family members present.

A native of Oklahoma City, he was a son of the late Clint and Grace Everest McDade. He was predeceased by his brother, Neil, and sister, Dorothy Ferguson.

Everest retired from EatonCutler Hammer Corporation in 1984. As a scientist and inventor, his professional accomplishments include U.S. patent no. 3,514,900, for the orchid cloning process; N.C. registered professional engineering license; electronic design of the HQ-215 and Davco Ham Radio Transceivers. He was an accomplished musician, amateur operator (W4DYW), photographer, sailor and teacher. The central part of his life was sharing his knowledge with others and enjoying the companionship of his family, especially playing Scrabble in German with his wife.

He was a member of Quarter Century Wireless Association Chapter 76, Western Carolina Radio Society, life member of the American Orchid Society and Tennessee Valley Orchid Society. A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army, with duty in the Pacific as wire chief, and was a member of VFW Post 891.

Surviving are his loving wife of 63 years, Edith; children, Ellen, Emily, Elissa and Evan; grandchildren and great-granchildren.

The private family service and burial will be at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. Family friend and musician Hobart A. Whitman III will provide scripture and a musical message.

In lieu of flowers, friends may donate to their favorite charity.

Penland & Sons Funeral Home, Swannanoa, is caring for the McDades.

Published: 2006-11-19 The Citizen Times