WJ Everett III

October 02, 1961 - December 16, 2018

WJ Everett III

WJ Everett III, 57, of Winnie, died Sunday, December 16, 2018. He was born to Dixie Lea Nichols and WJ Everett, Jr., on October 2, 1961, in Bryan, Texas. 

WJ is from pioneer Texas stock. His ancestors were either lawmen or ranchers. WJ's great grandfather was named Wiley James and served as sheriff of Llano County over a hundred years ago. The next generation became "modernized" and dropped the Wiley James in lieu of just using WJ Everett. WJ Everett, Sr was a rancher. WJ Everett, Jr was a Chief Deputy for Brazos County, Texas, and later started the Private Investigation firm named WJ Everett and Associates.

WJ Everett III became both a rancher and a private investigator. His bravery was seen as first a bull rider for over twenty years and later as he galloped over fences in Ireland, Virginia, and Texas.  An international traveler and romantic, he proposed marriage to Kelley Colleen Kays in a castle in Ireland. Together they made their farm Falconwood an equestrian center for the breeding of sport horses and riding in the sport of Eventing, also known as the triathlon for the horse.

WJ also loved art, movies, and athleticism. He acted in several movies including "A Woman of Independent Means", with Sally Fields and "The Evening Star". WJ painted in the style of modern abstract and impressionism. He was always the first person at the gym in the wee hours of the morning. Motocross was another hobby that filled his need for adrenalin! 

WJ was a great listener, a nurturer and had a bounty of close friends. His greatest love was animals - all kinds. He was a cat whisperer, dog spoiler, and loved his ducks, geese, chickens, and peacocks. The horses he bred and raised will carry on his love of riding. This year WJ and his wife, veterinarian Kelley Kays, started Beaumont Pets Alive, a nonprofit dedicated to saving the lives of dogs and cats. Over nine hundred animals have been saved in 2018, the first year of operation. 

Survivors include his wife, Kelley Kays, D.V.M., of Winnie; sister, Vickie Everett Tway and her husband, William J. Tway, Jr., of Houston; niece, Isabella Lea Tway, of Houston; and aunt, Doris Louvayne Everett Herzog, of Bryan. 

He is preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral service for Mr. Everett will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 22, 2018, at Broussard’s, 134 West Buccaneer Drive, Winnie, with a reception to follow at Falconwood Equestrian Center, 46718 I-10, Winnie. His committal will be held at Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made to Beaumont Pets Alive, 2396 Dowlen Road, Beaumont, Texas 77706. For further information: jeverettpi.com, beaumontpetsalive.org.

Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.


Funeral Service
Broussard's Mortuary - Winnie
134 W. Buccaneer Drive Winnie, TX 77665
Saturday, December 22, 2018
11:00 a.m.

Comments (30)

  • Rhonda Saathoff

    31 December 2018 at 05:05 | #

    I'm so sad to hear the news about Bubbas passing.
    Everyone captured his true spirit and humble personality in the comments. I knew him through the years by his good friend, and my brother, Ronnie Saathoff. They had some fun adventures together, and both loved bullriding , motorcycles and just good friends that enjoyed the same adventures in life! I just loved his warm and big heart, boyish charm and his kindness that shined through. My brother is so saddened at the loss of one of his best friends. When he told me the news, we both had a good cry then we chuckled at Bubba the cat wisperer, who paid cat support to his ex wife! He sure loved animals and I know he loved you as well. God bless you!
    Rhonda Saathoff-


  • Pat and Ted Mitchrll

    28 December 2018 at 00:46 | #

    so sorry for your loss. RIP J


  • Corky and Betty Peebles

    26 December 2018 at 21:23 | #

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.


  • Mary D’Arcy

    24 December 2018 at 02:47 | #

    Deepest sympathy to Kelley and family on your sad loss. Rest In Peace..


  • Deb Poloson

    22 December 2018 at 14:50 | #

    Kelley, I'm am shocked and saddened to hear about J.
    His live life to the fullest every day, His kindness and love for you, his friends, the horses and willingness to jump at any adventure (and there were many) made him so special.
    One of my fondest memories happened when we first met you and J at the Meadow Creek Bruce Davidson Sr. clinic. You had injured a knee and J with very little jumping experience at that time took your ride. To the delight of Bruce and the rest of us, he rode with a bronco style jumping that red table with one arm up into the air as any bull rider would. Big smile on his face and hearty laughs from Mr. Davidson Sr. and I believe became the beginning of a fabulous friendship with one of the best in the Eventing world. God bless and comfort you, Kelley...


  • Matt and Linda Orlando

    21 December 2018 at 23:26 | #

    Matt and I are so saddened to hear of J’s passing.
    He was always so kind and welcomed us with a smile. I will miss his laughter and all the times he took out of his busy schedule to talk to me. He had a big heart and generous nature and will be greatly missed.
    Love, hugs and prayers to Kelley and all the Everett family. May God comfort you in your sorrow.


  • Esther Daubin

    21 December 2018 at 22:53 | #

    “A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. “
    It’s only the fondest memories I have of this unbelievable kindhearted man , husband , animal lover , fellow rider and dear friend !
    Dear Kelley may you find the comfort and peace that you seek and may the soul of your loved husband W.J. rest in peace. It is hard to grasp he is gone. Though I am far away I will be with you in my thoughts
    Your German cowgirl, Esther


  • Kate Trott

    21 December 2018 at 22:50 | #

    My thoughts are with you.. I am so so sorry.


  • Rebecca Algar

    21 December 2018 at 20:26 | #

    I am so priviledged to have met J and Kelley through a chance ad in a horse newspaper. They have welcomed me to their home so many times since. J was a great horseman and a good friend. Kelley, please accept my most sincere condolences on the loss of your husband. Words cannot express my sadness.


  • Jim, & Alexis McKinney and family

    21 December 2018 at 15:38 | #

    Kelley -
    Our sincerest condolences to you . Those that knew J or as we knew him as “Bubba”, always knew what a kind heart and soul he had. J and I worked together on many occasions on some of those stakeouts years back and had some really crazy times. He always made everyone smile and feel welcome. Bubba will be truly missed but will always hold great memories of him in our hearts...
    Jim McKinney


  • LeeAnn McQuade

    21 December 2018 at 14:18 | #

    So many memories of J and his calm, warm voice saying "y'all come on over. any time. Come ride, come eat with us, Just come on." and knowing he meant it. To me, my family and everyone else who received a similar gesture. One of the most genuine souls I've ever known. We still can't believe he's gone. Our hearts are broken and there is a void in our world, the horse world, the SETX world and in our hearts that will never be filled and will forever hold the memory of WJ Everett.


  • Jackie Lassen

    21 December 2018 at 13:14 | #

    J, the epitome of a Texas gentleman, I loved you man. I especially loved your boyish charm, the way you giggled, your grilled steaks, your helpfulness and support to my buddy, Kelley, and your great love and care of all creatures. You will be missed.


  • Carol Gentz

    21 December 2018 at 13:00 | #

    Kelly, James and I were so saddened to hear about Jay. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you in the coming days.


  • Jonathan Blinn

    20 December 2018 at 20:08 | #

    Wonderful man whom I had the privelage of meeting at Beaumont Pets Alive. event. Dr. Kays and family im so very sorry for your loss. .... Hugs, Prayers and My most Sincere Deepest Sympathy


  • Jenny Bagley

    20 December 2018 at 19:29 | #

    I'm so sorry for your loss my sincerest condolences !!!! Prayers love and light !!!


  • Brooke Duhon

    20 December 2018 at 18:26 | #

    Much Love and Sympathy. Thinking of you at this time, Kelley.


  • Karen and Ray McCoy

    20 December 2018 at 13:38 | #

    We were heartbroken to hear of Jay's passing. Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss.


  • John Rutledge

    20 December 2018 at 04:31 | #

    I’m so sorry and saddened for your devastating loss Kelley. Prayers to you and all the Everett family.


  • Chris Simons

    20 December 2018 at 02:47 | #

    Fond memories of good times doing normal things. Super guy, glad he found love and lived it until the end. Our thoughts and prayers are being said for his family and friends. RIP Bubba


  • Darryl Davis

    20 December 2018 at 00:11 | #

    I hauled and rode bulls with Bubba back in the early 90s. He would bring his video equipment and we would take turns videoing each other rides and other friends as well. I remember visiting him in the Hogg building in down town Houston. My wife at the time and I had dinner with him and I went to put the dirty dishes in the dishwasher but it was full of papers. He said that was is filing cabinet. Please don't turn it on.
    Bubba was always a nice person. He was just a good natured cowboy. I'm really sad to hear of his passing. Prayers to his family from Christine and I.


  • Tim Boriskie

    19 December 2018 at 22:55 | #

    W..J. “Jay” was a dear friend to me. We grew up together in Bryan, Tx. We graduated high school and rodeoed together. He will always be Bubba Everett to me and will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace my good friend


  • Cliff Nickel

    19 December 2018 at 21:35 | #

    A wonderful guy. Always made me feel welcomed. Very patient with my kids as well. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Kelley.


  • Leigh Grady and the Sterling Shelter team

    19 December 2018 at 21:26 | #

    Our thoughts are with you all .... so very sorry to hear.... we love y’all..


  • Dianne McKinney

    19 December 2018 at 20:53 | #

    Dear Kelley: My entire family is devastated by the news of J’s passing. We have lost yet another member of our family. Please accept my deepest condolences. I last saw J and you at Dave’s funeral 6 1/2 months ago. I know how very busy you two are, and to have taken the time to come to Dave’s funeral was so very much appreciated. I know Dave is giving J a grand tour of heaven. Without a doubt, WJ Everett III, or “Bubba” to me; was a fine example of who we should all strive to be while on this earth. He was kind, loyal, moral, smart, handsome and humble, and a lover of animals. A role model for all who were privileged to know him. Of all the people I have known in my 66 years of life, Bubba ranked as one of the all time best. I pray that your memories of all the joyful and loving times you shared with him will comfort you. Sincerely, Dianne McKinney


  • Debbie Blake

    19 December 2018 at 13:38 | #

    I’ll aleas remember Jays kind heart


  • Becky & Rodney Ames

    19 December 2018 at 04:49 | #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you....we love you.


  • Marla Mitchell

    19 December 2018 at 03:35 | #

    Thinking of you, wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow, comfort in the midst of pain.


  • NL

    19 December 2018 at 01:44 | #

    My sincere condolences to the family at this difficult time. May you all seek God for comfort, peace, strength and support (2 Cor 1:3).


  • Jo Ann Howard

    18 December 2018 at 22:51 | #

    Love and sympathy to Kelley.


  • JJ Salinas

    18 December 2018 at 21:50 | #

    An exceptional man, will be greatly missed.


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