Linwood H. Overby

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 6, 2007

RALEIGH, N.C.—Linwood Hugh Overby, 90, died Sept. 3, 2007.

Mr. Overby was a World War II veteran and served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945 in the 283rd Engineer Combat Battalion with General Patton’s Third Army. He served honorably and received numerous medals.

He was born in Southampton County, Virginia, Dec. 29, 1916, where he grew up and worked long, hard days on the family farm.

He was truly a self-made man. From humble beginnings and with little in his pockets, he eventually became a successful businessman and civic leader in Ahoskie, N.C.

He owned and operated Ahoskie Tire Service, the region’s largest automotive and tire store from 1952 to 1976.

He served on the city planning committee and was president of the Kiwanis Club in 1967.

Mr. Overby lived in Raleigh for the last 35 years and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Raleigh, active in the Sunday school program and as a volunteer. He loved to spend time with his family.

During his retirement years, he became a world traveler visiting more than 35 countries.

Survivors include

his wife of 54 years, Yolanda Leonard Overby; son, David Leonard Overby and wife Dona; son, Linwood Hugh Overby Jr. and wife Deborah; grandchildren, John, David, Rachel, Christopher and wife Christina, Caroline and Matthew Overby; nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Nellie Overby; sisters, Eva Beale, Virginia House, Reba Beasley and Anna Irene; brothers, Collis, Russell, Larry, Alton, Rudolph (Bug), Clinton (Jake) and Herman (Kyser) Overby.

A funeral was held 2 p.m. Thursday in Trinity Baptist Church in Raleigh. The family will receive friends and family one hour prior to the service.

Interment with military honors followed in Raleigh Memorial Park Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Trinity Baptist Church, 4815 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27609 or to Hospice of Wake County, 1300 St. Mary’s St., 4th Floor, Raleigh, N.C. 27695.

Arrangements were with Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park.

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