Rev.William Harvey Overstreet, 90, of the Hebron Community near Vaiden died on March 27, 2019, at Merit Health in Brandon.
Rev. Overstreet was born at Poplar Creek, Mississippi, on January 31, 1929, to Caloway and Hazel Price Overstreet. He graduated from high school in 1946 from the Big Black Special Consolidated High School in Kilmichael and entered the US Navy in July of that year.
After his discharge from the Navy in 1947, Rev. Overstreet moved to Memphis and attended Draughon’s Business College, where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Accounting. He worked in various capacities for Gordon’s Transports from 1950 until 1981, and served as the president of Gordon’s Federal Credit Union from 1960-81. Rev. Overstreet was president of the Tennessee Credit Union League in 1974 and CUNA National Director from Tennessee for 12 years. He also worked as Sales Director for Hohenwald Truck Line and later served in the same position for Trans-Carriers of Memphis for seven years. He was an account executive for Swain and Sons before retiring in 1989. Rev. Overstreet enlisted in the Tennessee Air National Guard, retiring after 37 years with the rank of SMSgt, and earning the Meritorious Service Award for Outstanding Duty. Needing to stay active after his retirement, Rev. Overstreet became the Veterans Service Officer for Montgomery County in March of 1991, serving for many years. He and his wife, Tommie, also organized the Poplar Creek Volunteer Fire Department, and he served as its first fire chief.
He served as President of the Associated Transportation Club in Memphis in 1973, the National Defense Transportation Club in Memphis in 1978, the Memphis Community Citizens Relations Council in 1977, and the Public Relations Council in Memphis in 1980. In Montgomery County, he was President of the Poplar Creek Water Association for many years, Montgomery County Economic Council from 1993-94, the Mississippi Association of Veteran Service Officers from 1994-96, and as moderator of the Montgomery County Baptist Association from 1992-93.
Rev. Overstreet and his wife served in music evangelism for many years until he was called to pastor Ebenezer Baptist Church in Attala County. He was ordained to the ministry on June 9, 1996. He preached many revivals in the area and was pastor of several churches over the years, including Sapa Baptist Church in Eupora and Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church at West, where he was a member at the time of his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Gloria Cain; and brother, Eugene Overstreet.
Rev. Overstreet is survived by his wife, Tommie Dorman Overstreet; his daughter Tammy Overstreet Henderson of Brandon, and his grandson, Magnum Henderson of Brandon.
Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, at the Hebron Baptist Church near Vaiden, with Dr. Duran Palmertree officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery, with military honors at graveside. A visitation was held at the church on Saturday, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Serving as pallbearers were Don Evans, Bernard Evans, Mike Evans, Tommy Hugh Evans, Trent Evans, and Craig Evans. Honorary pallbearers were Rev. John L. Walker, Rev. Jimmy Leach, Rev. Larry Harvey, Rev. Billy Little, Rev. Mike Steen, and Rev. Lynn Nations.
Oliver Funeral Home of Winona handled the arrangements.