Sneads Ferry fish house closed after nearly 70 years in operation

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 02:24 PM.

L.T. Everett & Sons was started 67 years ago by the late Lonnie Thomas Everett. It was built on property his wife, Clara Everett, inherited from her father, Crosland Canady, who had operated one of the early fish houses of the community on land nearby.

Gig Everett and his brother, Tommy, carried on the fishing heritage; and until its closing the fish house remained in operation at its original location along the New River behind the Riverview Café.

After 43 years of operating the fish house together, the decision by the brothers to close the family business was not easy and not necessarily in their immediate plans.

Gig Everett, 60, jokes he’s not old enough yet to receive Social Security. Retirement wasn’t his choice.

He said that over the past several years it had become harder and harder for the business to survive.

We couldn’t get enough seafood to keep us going,” he said.

Everett & Sons sold seafood wholesale and retail, buying from local fishermen as they brought fresh, wild-caught seafood to the dock.

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