Barbara B. Overton

Published 3:31 pm Tuesday, July 15, 2014

FRANKLIN—Barbara Byrd Overton, 82, passed away on July 13, 2014.

She was the widow of her beloved husband of 57 years, Henry Hal Overton Sr., who passed away on Aug. 9, 2009.

Barbara was born in Suffolk, a daughter of the late Jennie Eva Duke and Hurley Holland Byrd Sr., and was also predeceased by a brother, Hurley Holland Byrd Jr.

She was an active member of Franklin Congregational Christian Church for over 50 years where she was a former member of the choir and deacon board. Barbara still enjoyed teaching Sunday school and playing the piano for opening exercises.

She was a member of the Franklin YMCA where she was an assistant senior water aerobics instructor. Barbara enjoyed playing with her bridge club every month, and enjoyed meeting with her classmates from her Holland High School graduating class for lunch once a month.

Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Donna Lynn Robinson (Fred) of Chesterfield and Barbara Jean Bloedorn (Bob) of Salt Lake City, Utah; two sons, Robert Allen Overton, Sr. (Marty) of Wake Forest, North Carolina and H. Hal “Hank” Overton, Jr. (Wiley) of Luray; one sister, Dorothy B. Edwards (Sonny) of Windsor; six grandchildren, Sarah B. Bennett, David Robinson, Emily R. Klein, A. J. Overton, Daniel Bloedorn and Timothy Overton; and nine great-grandchildren, Gavin, Jackson, Wesley, Maya, Anna Holland, Maddie, Ian Hal, Lacey and Dylan. She was blessed with an amazing circle of loving family and friends.

The funeral will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 17, at Franklin Congregational Christian Church with the Rev. James H. Hyatt Jr. officiating. The burial will follow at Poplar Spring Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16, in Wright Funeral Home, and suggest memorials be made to Franklin Congregational Christian Church or Franklin Cooperative Ministries.