Josiah Stickley Everly, 81, retired president and chairman of the board of the Everly Funeral Homes Inc. of Alexandria and a former member of the Alexandria City Council, died May 14 at the Circle Terrace Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Alexandria.

Mr. Everly was born in Manassas and raised in Strasburg, Va. He taught school in Strasburg before joining the Stover Funeral Home there in 1921.

In 1925, he moved to Alexandria and went to work for the old B. Wheatly Funeral Home. In 1933, he purchased the business, which is now the Everly Wheatly Funeral Home. In 1946, he bought what is now the Everly Funeral Home in Fairfax. He incorporated the two funeral homes in 1955. He retired in 1981.

He was a past president of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association and the Northern Virginia Funeral Directors Association and a member of the Virginia State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers.

Mr. Everly was elected to the Alexandria City Council for a three-year term in 1958. He also was a former chairman of the Alexandria School Board. He was a past president of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and the Alexandria Rotary Club.

He was a former secretary-treasurer of the Circle Terrace Hospital in Alexandria, a past president of the old Security Savings and Loan Association in Alexandria and a former treasurer and member of the board of directors of the old Peoples Bank and Trust Co. in Fairfax.

Mr. Everly was a 33rd degree Mason and a past master of the Andrew Jackson Lodge in Alexandria. He was a member of the Kena Temple Shrine and the Order of the Eastern Star.

His first wife, Ruby Louise Everly, died in 1955.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Dettor Everly, of Alexandria; two sons by his first marriage, Julian W. of Springfield, and John C. of Alexandria; a sister, Evelyn E. Keirn of Richmond; a brother, George F. of Alexandria; five grandchildren, and one great grandchild.