James Sloan Everett, Jr. was born in Abilene, Texas on September 8, 1981, and grew up in Breckenridge, Texas. He graduated from Breckenridge High School with honors in 2000 and went on to attend Baylor University, graduating magna cum laude in 2004 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, double majoring in Finance and Entrepreneurship. He was also a member of the BEST program, the Alpha Chi Honor Society, and the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. In 2005, he went to work for ConocoPhillips in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where he had the opportunity to travel to many countries, including Canada, Costa Rica, Norway, Russia, Peru, and Indonesia. He moved to Dallas, Texas in 2007 to work for Hunt Oil Company, during which time he met Liesl Austin, who graduated from Baylor in 2008. They married in July of 2011 and moved to Breckenridge in 2012. Sloan then began his life-long goal and dream of working on his family’s cattle ranch alongside his father. Sloan and Liesl had two children in the years following: Scarlett Austin Everett, born in 2013, and Samuel Sloan Everett, born in 2015. Tragically, in March of 2017, Sloan was killed in a wildfire on his wife’s family’s ranch near Lefors, TX. At the time, Liesl was pregnant with their third child. Cody James Everett was born in August of 2017. Liesl and their three beautiful children now live in Amarillo, TX.
Sloan was a devoted Christian, a loving husband, father, brother, and son. He had a radical commitment to excellence in everything to which he put his hand. He was a tremendous athlete and a natural leader, a man among men. He loved his ranch work and the fact that it was a job that his whole family could be a part of. Sloan's strong ambition, hard work ethic, good management and leadership skills made him indispensable to his father on the ranch. Sloan and his wife were very active in serving in the student ministry of First Baptist Church of Breckenridge, volunteering much time and effort to the student’s spiritual development. He truly pointed all who came within his realm of influence, both personally and professionally, to the cross of Christ and the hope of the Gospel. Christ said, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?" – John 11:25-26. Sloan believed.
Sloan loved his time at Baylor and forged lifelong friendships while he was there. He felt honored to be a part of the BEST program and would often tell stories about the people he met through it as well as the trips he took with the program. His double major also greatly prepared him for his work after college. Sloan was very proud to be an alumnus of Baylor.
The Sloan Everett Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2020 by Sloan's wife, Liesl, in memory of her husband.
This endowed scholarship fund provides assistance to deserving students attending Baylor University, Waco, Texas, who are enrolled in the Hankamer School of Business. Sloan’s family feels honored to institute this scholarship and is thankful Sloan's legacy lives on. They appreciate all who contribute to such a special memorial.
*The Everett family will be notified of all donors who help to create this living tribute to Sloan.