One of the twins from Cosby Show dies
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Played Cosby's grandson, Nelson Tibideaux, one half of twins Winnie and Nelson.
Everett Wilson, 17, student, child actor
BY CYNTHIA DANIELS
January 19, 2005
Everett Wilson was a good-humored teen who worked diligently at his church, dreamed of becoming a professional basketball player, and had just received his driving permit.
Wilson was killed Jan. 8 when the car he was riding in left the road, striking a utility pole and then a pickup truck along Route 25 near Fresh Pond Avenue in Calverton. He was 17.
The car's driver, an acquaintance of Wilson's, was arrested at the scene on charges of driving while intoxicated, Riverhead Town police said.
Wilson's mother, Mary Lou Wilson, of Calverton, remembered him for his upbeat personality. "He made everybody happy," she said. "When you were down and out he was always there to pick you up and make you laugh."
Everett Wilson was a junior at Riverhead High School. Guidance counselor Christy Van Hoesen said Wilson was determined to excel at his schoolwork and described him as "outgoing, friendly, upbeat and always smiling."
"He was a great kid," she said, recalling how classmates gathered in the school library to remember him. "He's really going to be missed a lot."
Though his personality lit up a room, Wilson kept a fun fact on hand to break the ice when necessary: as a toddler, he briefly appeared on NBC's "The Cosby Show" with his twin brother, Ronald. The pair played Cosby's grandson, Nelson Tibideaux, one half of twins Winnie and Nelson.
"He talked about it all the time," said Linda Cowell-Pritchard of Riverhead, a family friend whom Everett called his second mother. "When he met people, he would bring it up ... That was something that just put a big spark [in him]."
Cosby wasn't the only topic that excited Wilson. He was also active at Friendship Baptist Church in Riverhead, serving on the junior usher board, the youth ministry choir and as summer enrichment counselor for the church's community service center.
"He was just really active," said Cowell-Pritchard, also the church's youth ministry director. "He lived his life letting [young people] know 'yes, you can be young and have fun, but you can have fun in the Lord' ... there was just something special about him."
Besides his mother and twin brother, Wilson is survived by his father, Everett Jackson of Calverton; brothers, Daryl Wilson of Flanders and Thomas Wilson of Calverton; and a sister, Sandra Wilson of Brentwood.
A funeral for Wilson was held Saturday at Friendship Baptist Church. He was buried in Riverhead Cemetery.