CLEVELAND – Beverly Louise Everage Sledge, 74, of 4883 E. 108th St., Cleveland, left this life on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at 10:25 a.m., at the home of her youngest daughter, following complications from a long illness.

She was born on April 24, 1948 in Montgomery, Alabama, the daughter of Willie and Lurlene H. Goldsmith Everage Jr., a resident of the area for 25 years, coming from West Covina, California.

Before retiring in 1995, Beverly worked at the Bank of Switzerland as an investment banker and was also a real estate agent. She graduated in 1966 from North Bloomfield High School, where she was in the Honor Society, and attended Kent State University.

She was a member of First Missionary Baptist Church, where she served as the first Sunday School president, former missionary, and enjoyed reading, painting, singing, and cooking.

She married Joseph H. Sledge Jr. in 1969; he died in 2017.

She is survived by two sons, Joseph H. Sledge III of Cleveland and Daniel Y. Sledge of Champion; three daughters, Mrs. Jacquenette N. Sledge of Cleveland, Mrs. Lurlynn C. Sledge of Niles and Mrs. Bevlynn Joann Sledge, Esq. of Euclid; his mother, Lurlene H. Everage of North Bloomfield; a granddaughter she raised, Mrs. Cienna Y. Sledge of Warren; eight grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.

She was predeceased by her father and one grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, August 20, 2022, with calling hours from 11 a.m. to noon, at First Missionary Baptist Church, Mesopotamia. Masks are mandatory. Private interment will be at Cleveland Memorial Gardens.

The children of Beverly will receive condolences c/o Mrs. Bevlynn Sledge, 20010 Van Aken Blvd., Apt. 17 Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122; or Mrs. Lurlene Everage, PO Box 164 North Bloomfield, OH 44451.

Comfort arrangements were taken care of by Sterling-McCullough Williams Funeral Home.

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