Everlene Lawrence was born Everlene Perkins in Little Rock, Arkansas on August 6, 1941 to Huzel Perkins and Annie B. Higgenbothem. Everlene was the third child of five children. The family moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1943.
After the sudden passing of Huzel, Annie B moved to Bakersfield California to be closer to family, her father in law the late Percy Perkins. She was employed as a nurse until her passing in 1993.
Everlene attended McKinley Elementary, Emerson Jr. High and Bakersfield High School where she was part of the modern dance troupe and played violin in the orchestra.
After high school, Everlene moved to Los Angeles and began working for Los Angeles City Schools. She was a travelling Program Specialist and worked at various schools including, Angeles Mesa, 32nd Street School, 42nd Street School and 6th Avenue School.
She meets and marries Joe Lawrence and from this union they have a son Darius Joel Lawrence. They divorce in 1971.
Everlene was passionate about performing arts and she introduced activities such as Seaside Day, Golf Frisbee, Arts, Crafts and the Hula Hoop.
It was there that she began to develop new tricks, ideas and methods for the use of a Hula Hoop. With access to the schools, she was able to find young talented individuals from the inner cities and gave them hope and an opportunity.
A product of this passion was eight World Hula Hoop Champions, countless students and followers.
Sugar Ray Robinson, the Original pound for pound boxer and Middle Weight Champion, sought out Everlene’s expertise to be his Program Director for his Youth Foundation.
Everlene touched and molded many young peoples lives, some of which went on to be household names such as Darryl Strawberry, The Scheffield Brothers, The Brother Johnson, Stevie from “Stevies on the Strip, Karyn White and Florence Griffith Joyner (FloJo).
While doing this she went back to school and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration from California State University Dominguez Hills.
In 1982, Everlene accepted a position as a Deputy Probation Officer. She served the Juvenile Division for 35 years (retired) working at Camp Miller in Malibu, California.
Everlene departed this life surrounded by her loving Daughter Romesa and her Son in Law Christian in their home in Antioch, California on June 7, 2019.
Everlene leaves behind her beloved children Darius Lawrence (Melanie) of Moorpark Ca. and Romesa Wilson (Christian) of Antioch Ca. Sister Melva Perkins of Palmdale Ca. Nephew LaVell Davenport, Nieces Marlene Jones and LaVeda White. Cousins Alfred Prude, Maryann Long and Jackie Jackson. Five Grandchildren, Josiah and Elijah(Romesa) Caden, Brandon and Darius II (Darius) Godchildren Mark and Briana Alston. Great nieces, nephews and countless friends.