Charles E. Everett, 65, a printer at The Washington Post for nearly 40 years, died of cancer Friday at Fairfax Hospital.

Mr. Everett worked at The Post from June, 1938, until he retired in March, 1977. His last job was as a proofreader in the composing room.

Before joining The Post, he had worked for the Government Printing Office. He had also worked for The Terminal Press, a company owned by his father, the late Hugh Everett Sr., who also had been a Post printer at one time.

Mr. Everett served in the Army Air Corps in World War II and was stationed in the Pacific.

A native of Washington, he was a graduate of McKinley High School, and earned a bachelor's degree in government from George Washington University.

Mr. Everett was a member of the McLean Baptist Church in McLean, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and was active in the Boy Scouts.

He is survived by his wife, Jean, of the home in McLean; four sons, Robert F., of Redwood City, Calif., Edward H., of San Jose, Calif., Charles J., of Blacksburg, Va., and James M., of Roseburg, Ore., a brother, retired Army Col. Hugh Jr., of Berryville, Va., and two sisters, Kathryn Everett and Virginia Wood, both of Sun City Center, Fla.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society or the Boy Scouts of America.