Kyle Styron receives first scholarship in honor of the late SHS baseball player Eric Everett.


By SARA VANDEN BERGE


Eric Everett was a junior at Stephenville High School when he was killed in a car accident in 1985.


Since then, Eric’s family, including his sister (and my good friend) LeAnn Durfey, has kept his memory alive by presenting the Eric Everett Memorial Award to an SHS baseball player every year.

Eric loved the sport of baseball and was a pitcher for the Yellow Jackets.


During a ceremony at SHS Tuesday night to present the award to this year’s recipient Kyle Styron, Eric’s family learned that members of the Class of 1986 came together to turn the annual award into a scholarship.


“Mom and I had no idea that was going to happen; it was a complete surprise,” LeAnn told Beneath the Surface News.

Drew Roberson was Eric’s best friend growing up and has remained close with the family. He helped spearhead the effort to start the scholarship.


So along with the award, Styron, who graduated this year from SHS, also received a $2,000 scholarship Tuesday night.


Styron played centerfield for the Yellow Jackets and is heading to Baylor University this fall.

“It’s hard to put into words how grateful we are that 36 years after losing Eric, his teammates, classmates, coaches and friends came together to start this scholarship,” LeAnn said. “We have appreciated the coaches continuing the award, but adding a scholarship has been something we have always wanted to do.


“It’s amazing to us that so many people still remember Eric and want to honor him in this way and we are so thankful.”