"You spend a few years in the newspaper or the media business you learn not to trust politicians," said Everett.
He eventually went on to serve as a member of the United States House of Representatives for the state's second district for 16 years before retiring in 2009. Today his service to his country and the Wiregrass was honored. Not only was the building renamed after him, the new congressional library that will house a collection of Everett's papers and memorabilia was also unveiled.
"I would hope that when young people see this hall that they can recognize that whatever their station in life that if you work really hard there are rewards for that… I'm now near almost 25 years in serving the government or country in one way or another. I think I'm getting to the end of that though at 76, you know, you finally get to the point where you're tired of climbing on airplanes," he said.
The city of Dothan also declared that today, November 22nd, is R. Terry Everett Day.