Frances J. Overstreet – Obituary

by Lynn McMillen
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Funeral services for Ms. Frances J. Overstreet will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at DeKalb United Methodist Church with Rev. Mike Sims officiating. Interment will be in Pinehurst Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday until service time at the church. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Ms. Overstreet, 94, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 at John C. Stennis Memorial Hospital in DeKalb, Miss. She was born February 8, 1919 in Decatur, Mississippi to Charles L. and Ina May Jordan. Frances was a graduate of East Mississippi Community College and Blue Mountain College. Upon graduating from Blue Mountain she taught school in DeKalb, Mississippi where she met her future husband, James S. Overstreet and lived the remainder of her life. Before their marriage James was called to service in the great War and stationed in San Francisco. Unbeknownst to their parents Frances caught a ride with friends going to California and met up with James and they were married shortly thereafter in Reno Nevada. They were married for 49 years until James’ death in 1992.

She was a homemaker, a mother of two, a grandmother of four, a great-grandmother of four, an aunt to 11 and a friend to too many to count. She was a faithful member of the DeKalb United Methodist Church and served the church in numerous positions.

She is survived by her daughter, Diann Grisham (James Harry), of Florence, Alabama; son, James Overstreet, Jr. (Vicki) of Madison, Mississippi; (4) grandchildren, Susanne Dickson (Russell) of Lexington, Tennessee, Jim Grisham (Karen) of Florence, Alabama, Leah Overstreet of Austin, Texas, Will Overstreet (Jennifer) of Knoxville, Tenn.; and (4) great-grandchildren, Hailey and Hannah Grisham, Rusty Dickson and Tyson Overstreet.

The family is especially grateful to the love and care given her by her caregivers and friends, Mae Needham, Rosie Rush, Brenda Madison and Jacqueline Henderson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the DeKalb United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 98, DeKalb, MS 39328.

Pallbearers are Raymond Cumberland, Richard Hall, Bob Hawkins, Chuck Jordan, Raymond Jordan, Hal Overstreet & Hugh Overstreet.

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