K. Bernard Eveleigh, 87, of Mannsville
K. Bernard Eveleigh, 87, passed quietly in his sleep at his home on March 27, 2012 from ALS .
Kingsley Bernard Eveleigh was born in Sackets Harbor, New York on September 25, 1924 to Dyer J. and Nellie Sutherland Eveleigh.
His parents operated the family farm on what is now Eveleigh road in the town of Sulphur Springs.
Bernard, as he was known, was pre-deceased by a half brother Guy a brother, Donald, and a sister, Betty (Bowman).
Bernard attended a one room school house in what is now the Sackets Harbor School District in Sulphur Springs from grades one through seven and went on to Adams Center for three years because they had agricultural education classes available. He returned to Sackets Harbor for his last two years of school because they added agriculture to the curriculum. He played the piano in the school orchestra. Bernard graduated from Hounsfield Central School in 1941. After high school Bernard attended Cornell University for one semester and made good grades, but then returned home to work on the family farm, at the request of his brother Donald, due to the lack of help because of World War II.
Bernard continued to work on the family farm with his brother and added to his growing collection of registered Holstein cattle. He met and courted Rebekah Thompson of Watertown and the couple married on May 25, 1957 at the Dexter Presbyterian Church. The couple kept a residence on Eveleigh road until they purchased a farm of their own in 1959 in the town of Henderson. The couple moved their growing family from the busy farm on route 3 to the quite confines of Washburn road in the town of Ellisburg in December of 1965. There, Bernard continued to build his herd of registered Holsteins and was well respected among his peers as a breeder of high quality cattle, entering exhibits in local, state and national fairs. Bernard bought and sold registered Holsteins throughout the United States and Canada until he dispersed the herd in 1984.
The couple has remained living in the same residence for over 45 years where they raised their five sons. Bernard is survived by his wife Rebekah, Allan and his wife Kathy, James, Ernest and his wife Patricia, Brian and his wife Tricia and Mark and his wife Tammy, 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.
As a young man Bernard took vocal lessons and was the tenor soloist for the First Baptist Church of Watertown for several years and was also a member of the choir for the Methodist Church of Watertown. He also participated in many local musical groups including the Watertown Male Choir. He was active in the local Grange and many farm organizations including the Jefferson County Holstein club, where he served as an officer for some time, New York State Holstein Association and the National Holstein Association. After retirement he served as the organist for the Ellisburg Methodist Church for many years. His hobbies included gardening, music and reading.
Calling hours will be held at the Carpenter Stoodley Funeral Home in Belleville on Friday, March 30th from 3 to 7 pm. The funeral will be at 11 am on Saturday March 31st at the funeral home, with Pastor Mark Strader officiating.
Burial will follow in Sulphur Springs Cemetery, Town of Hounsfield. A reception for family and friends will be held at the Ellisburg Methodist Church following the burial.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Bernard’s name to Hospice of Jefferson County or the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be made at www.carpenterstoodley.com.