John E. "Jack" Overbey, a resident of Newbern, Tenn., was the son of the late John C. and Juanita Veatrice Hicks Overbey, was born Aug. 24, 1940, in Memphis, Tenn., and died Monday, Feb. 9, 2004, at his residence at the age of 63.
He was a member of Newbern First United Methodist Church where he had served as chairman of the administrative board. He served on pastor parish relation church committee and he taught the young adult Sunday School class for several years. He helped coach his grandson's baseball and basketball teams in the Southeast Missouri area where the players referred to him as "Papa Jack".
He was retired from Dyersburg State Community College as an associate professor of criminal justice and where he coached men and women's basketball, tennis and baseball. He also served as The City of Newbern General Sessions Judge since 1988.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Espey Overbey, and she survives of the home in Newbern, Tenn.; two daughters, Jacqueline Overbey Gammill of Whitten, Ark., and Pamela Overbey Smith of Dexter; two brothers, Daniel W. Overbey of Germantown, Tenn., and Raymond Linton Parkinson of Pickwick, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Jon-Sawyer Colton Smith of Dexter, Madeline Claire Gammill and Eleanor Caroline Gammill of Whitten, Ark.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Paulette Overbey Craig.
Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004, at Johnson Funeral Home in Newbern, Tenn.
Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004, at Newbern First United Methodist Church.
Interment followed in Memorial Park in Memphis, Tenn., at 3 p.m.
Pallbearers were Sam Overbey, Zach Overbey, Rodney Parkinson, Lee Parkinson, Stephen Parkinson, Robert L. Cole, Jr., Brad Espey, and Tim Fields.
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Don Holland, Dr. Roger Shore, Howard Guthrie, and Dr. Billy Williams.
Memorials may be made to John E. "Jack" Overbey Scholarship Fund at Dyersburg State Community College, c/o Advancement Office, 1510 Lake Road, Dyersburg, Tenn. 38024, or Newbern First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 72, Newbern, Tenn. 38059.