Mr. John Lester Overby

Mr. John Lester Overby, age 83 of Lawsonville, North Carolina passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at his home. He was born in Lawsonville, North Carolina on July 12, 1937, to the late George Dewey Overby and Betsy Martin Overby. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Mary Lois Holt Overby; four siblings, Russell Overby, Mozzelle Owens, Jessie Mae Overby, Clarence Overby; and one daughter-in-law, Jennifer Overby.  Mr. Overby was known for never meeting a stranger and how much he enjoyed talking to people.  He ran an oil delivery route that was a joy for him to get to talk to his customers along the route and he loved farming and working the land.  John will be remembered for his devotion as a husband, love he gave to his children, and the joy he took in being “Papa John” to his grandchildren.

Mr. Overby is survived by one daughter, Charlene Doss and husband, Ronnie of Claudville, three sons, Maynard Overby and wife, Emily, Michael Overby and wife, Trisha, and Keith Overby, all of Lawsonville, NC; six grandchildren, Renee Quesenberry and husband, Richard, Ryan Doss, Elizabeth Overby, Rachel Overby, Hannah Overby, and Joseph Overby; his twin brother, James Vester Overby of Lawsonville, NC and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 2, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. in Aaron’s Corner Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery with Elder Rodney Marshall and Pastor Shaun Draughn officiating.  Memorial donations may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, 18981 Jeb Stuart Hwy., Stuart, VA  24171.  Friends may come by Moody Funeral Home in Stuart on Thursday, October 1, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to pay their respects.  Online condolences may be sent by visiting

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