Everett Ray Likens was born in Hartford 23 June 1896, the son of Winfield Scott Likens and Martha Corilla Day. He graduated from high school in Hartford in 1914 and attended the University of Kentucky. He joined the Army about 1917 and was stationed in France during WWI. After he was discharged in 1920 he moved to Washington, D. C.
In February 1923 Everett married Elizabeth Clarissa Gibson (1901-1992) in Washington. They had two children. In 1930 Everett and Elizabeth lived in Richmond, Virginia; in 1934 they were living in Washington, DC; in 1940 they lived in Prince George's County, Maryland. Everett worked for the Department of Highways. Everett died 12 December 1960.