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OBIT: Mr. Ralston Overstreet age 86 of the Sullivans Bend Community


Mr. Ralston Overstreet age 86 of the Sullivans Bend Community died at 7:26 p.m. Tuesday evening September 20, 2016 at his Jonesborough Lane home. He was pronounced deceased at 8:56 p.m. under the tender care of Highpoint Hospice.

Mr. Overstreet’s pastor, Bro. Wallace Caldwell, officiated at the Friday afternoon September 23rd funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Following the 1 p.m. services, burial with full military honors, was beside his wife of almost sixty four years in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in the Sullivans Bend Community.

One of eight children of the late Sam Fowler Overstreet who died at the age of 84 on October 31, 1982 and Toye Ward Vaden Overstreet who died at the age of 85 on November 23, 1987, he was born James Ralston “J. R.” Overstreet in Sullivans Bend on January 2, 1930.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Emily Pauline Overstreet Dickens Smith who died April 1, 1989 at the age of 66 and Ruby Alline Overstreet Reagan who died September 29, 2013 at the age of 87; two brothers, his twin

Reed Overstreet who died at the age of 81 on February 18, 2011 and Aaron Overstreet who also died at the age of 81 on October 23, 2015.

On December 9, 1950 he was united in marriage to Old Hickory native, the former Bobbie Virginia Douglas, who died at the age of 85 on Thanksgiving Day November 27, 2014.

Mr. Overstreet was a fifty year member of the Carthage Benevolent Lodge #14, F & AM and was a member of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.

He was also one of the three trustees of the Mt. Zion Cemetery board.

Mr. Overstreet retired from the Metro Nashville Transit Authority in 1988 with thirty two years of service and returned to his native Sullivans Bend Community to live out his retirement.

He was a longtime member of the Amalgamated Transit Union in Nashville.

Mr. Overstreet proudly served our country with both the United States Navy from which he was honorably discharged at the Naval Receiving Station in San Diego, California with the rank of Seaman Apprentice on July 7, 1949 and after completing his obligation he joined the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from which he again received an honorable discharge on December 13, 1952 with the rank of Corporal.

Surviving are his two children, Letha Overstreet Wethington and husband Les of Hendersonville; Douglas “Doug” Overstreet of Nashville; sister, Betty Grisham of Elmwood; two brothers, Hubert Overstreet and wife Norma of Mt. Juliet, Tommy Overstreet and wife Flora of Old Hickory; three granddaughters, Renee Crecelius and husband Stephen of Lebanon, Amanda Rennie & fiancée Houston Mercer of Hendersonville; Alexis Wethington also of Hendersonville;

Four great-grandchildren, Landon and Emma Crecelius, Camden and Braxton Mercer; caregiver, Sherrie Johnson.

The Overstreet family requests memorials to the Mt. Zion Cemetery mowing fund.