Charlotte Battle Everbach was a founding board member and Atlantic Center for the Arts #1 cheerleader. She passed away peacefully in Winter Park, FL on June 6, 2019, and a celebration of her life will be held at ACA’s main campus on Sunday, December 1 from 2-4 PM.
Charlotte was a phenomenal woman who had been at the very heart of Atlantic Center since founder Doris “Doc” Leeper broached the concept to a group of friends in 1977. She had met Doc several years earlier, and had spent many a weekend playing tennis and socializing on the fabled court at Doc’s home in Eldora. Charlotte came onto the Board of Trustees in 1980, serving as Chair in 1985-1986, and continued her service through 2017, when she was nominated by the Board to “Life Trustee.” In 2009 she received ACA’s prestigious “Spirit Enrichment Award,” presented to a person who has made outstanding contributions to a wide variety of human endeavors, who has enhanced and enriched our cultural heritage, and whose continuing accomplishments will be of significance, not only to us, but to future generations.
She was born in Talbotton, GA in 1931 and graduated from Wesleyan College in Macon, GA. Following graduate studies at NYU and USC, Charlotte moved to Louisville, KY as an early female television producer. There she met and married her husband Jack. The young couple moved to Florida in 1956 with their infant daughter Geri. Jack pursued a career in radio and Charlotte went on to become a distinguished interior designer and unstoppable advocate for the arts. Always the quintessential “people person,” Charlotte’s positive spirit was legendary. Her husband Jack died in 2002; she is survived by her daughter Geri Rybacki, son-in-law Peter Rybacki, grandchildren John Rybacki and Kendall Rybacki and two great grandchildren. She was buried in Louisville, KY.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked Charlotte’s legacy be honored through gifts to Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1414 Art Center Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168. Charlotte’s contributions are legendary, and she spoke enthusiastically and energetically about ACA for 39 years, her fervent passion and heartfelt devotion continuing to inspire new patrons and supporters. Just as Charlotte’s generous spirit encapsulates the soul of ACA, her joyful sensibility will always be at its heart.
For more on Charlotte’s life and to share fond memories and photos, you may also visit: http://bit.ly/charlotteguestbook.