Avery was born and began his life in Springfield, Massachusetts, on May 28, 1995. He lived and began his education in Springfield until the age of 17. With thoughts of continuing his education in Virginia and attending Virginia State University, he moved to Fredericksburg, VA. Avery graduated from the James M. Monroe High School with academic honors, certifications, accolades, and several scholarships. A gifted student, Avery attended Germanna Community College and finished his collegiate career in Springfield, MA, earning his degrees and certifications in Information Technology Management and Security. He was employed at Northeast IT Solutions in Westfield, MA. A bright, energetic young man, Avery was always learning new skills. He mastered chess at the age of 13 and was a formidable opponent to the most seasoned of players. Often you would find him smirking during his matches. His family remembers the enjoyment he found in taking care of others. Large in stature, Avery took great pleasure in ensuring those that needed care and protection, always had it. It was his service to his family and those he loved. Such formative experiences shaped his awareness of his own power and what his purpose would be. His love of family, friends and community was equally important to his love of food. He could often be found in various kitchens with family learning how to prepare his favorites. He recently completed cooking a full Thanksgiving meal alone (of course with supervision). The passing of the cooking spoon was complete. Avery was an avid gamer. He enjoyed countless hours of gaming with his brothers. They held day long tournaments with lots of robust banter and laughter. Taking things apart, finding out how they work was also a hobby for him. He could be found under the hood of a car, in the circuit board of a computer or gaming consoles. Out of all of Avery’s hobbies, his greatest joy was loving his family. Avery is survived by his parents, Michelle Everett, Brock (Geanita) Everett, and Darrell (Finessa) Lee; his brothers, Anthony, Miles, Joseph, Christian, Justin, and Xavier; his only sister, Jaida; his nephews, Xavier and Jaden; his grandparents, Ida (David) Adamson, Exzeal Palmer, and Wayman (Ethel) Lee; uncles, Jason (Nancy) Jones, Alvin (Lauren) Thomas, and Robert & Norman Palmer; aunts, Nicole Thomas, Adrienne Lee, Kafi (Diane) Palmer, Renee (Derrell) Elder, and Judy (Curtis) Brown; a host of cousins; close family members; and many friends. He is pre-deceased by his maternal grandfather, Alvin Thomas, Sr. and paternal grandmother, Gloria Smith. We give thanks to God for our blessing named Avery, “Shaq”, and “AJ”. We give all glory to our Lord for the wonderful gift of his life. The wake and funeral services will be held Saturday, February 15th at 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM respectively at St. John’s Congregational Church, 45 Hancock Street, Springfield, MA 01109. Following funeral services, a repast will be held at the Springfield Boys and Girls Club Family Center, 100 Acorn Street, Springfield, MA 01109. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Springfield Boys and Girls Club Family Center in Avery’s honor.
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