Ina Ruth Cox Overman

June 18, 1931 - August 8, 2020

06/18/1931 - 08/08/2020

Morehead City, NC – Ina Ruth Cox Overman, age 89, formerly of Ahoskie, passed away on August 8, 2020 at Crystal Bluffs Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Morehead City, NC.

Ruth was born in Wayne County on June 18, 1931 to Walter B. and Phoebe G. Cox. She graduated from Brogden High School and Rex Hospital School of Nursing. She was quoted as a Senior in her Rex yearbook that she “has a big heart, always wishing to do right and be friends with everyone”. She was a registered nurse working in several hospitals and doctors’ offices. Upon her retirement she was a long-time volunteer for the Roanoke Chowan Hospital Auxiliary. She was a Life member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Ahoskie Chapter 291. She loved her church family and church, First Baptist Church of Ahoskie where she was a member for many years.

Besides her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband William G. “Bill” Overman and sisters Katherine McClenny, Edna Price and Hilda Kornegay.

Surviving are her children, Glenn Overman and wife Susan of Winterville, Russell Overman and wife Lynn of Morehead City and Mark Overman and wife Joey of Chesapeake, VA; her daughter-in-law Vicky Overman of Ahoskie; her grandchildren, Glenn Overman Jr. of Durham, Heather Deanes and husband Rick of Winterville, Betsy Lane of Morehead City, West Overman and wife Meagan of Washington, NC, Nick Overman of Norfolk, VA and Sarah Overman of Chesapeake, VA; her great grandchildren, Madison Deanes, Emma Lane, Tyler Deanes, Jackson Lane, Deaglan Overman and Turner Overman; her sister Martha Phipps and brother Bobby Cox both of Goldsboro; step grandchildren, Nick Kyriacou and wife Stephanie, Alex Kyriacou, and Jonathon Kyriacou all of New Fairfield, CT, Brittany Vermillion of Fredericksburg, VA and Delaney Little of Norfolk, VA; step great grandson Mayson Kyriacou; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie will be open for friends and family to view Mrs. Overman, pay their last respects and sign the guest register from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

Due to COVID-19, a graveside service for family members only will be held at Highland Memorial Gardens, Ahoskie, NC, with Dr. Trey Gilliam and Rev. Anita Thompson officiating. A memorial service to honor Ruth’s life may be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made directly to the Capital Fund, First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, P.O. Box 649, Ahoskie, NC 27910, or you may donate online by clicking here.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Overman family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Karen Beasley Odom
3 years ago

I’m just learning of Ms Ruth’s passing. Russell and all the family as well you know she was a one of a kind lady. I knew her and Mr Bill for years while working at RCH. “The Good Ole Days” Sending love , hugs and prayers

Debbie Cobb
3 years ago

I am so very sorry for your loss and thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dot Ellmore
3 years ago

Dear Overman family, I want to express my sincere sorrow in the loss of your Mom. Both Ruth & your Dad Bill were such fine people. Your Mom & I connected as friends & co-workers & as nurses who both
graduated from Rex Hospital School of Nursing. May God comfort you all in your loss & sorrow. Sincerely,
Dot Ellmore

Brent Pope
3 years ago

Fond memories of Mrs Ruth.

Nancy Burton
3 years ago

Aunt Ida Ruth was such a wonderful, patient, Christian lady, who loved life, her career as a nurse, and especially her family. I mentioned to Russell earlier this week upon learning of her death, that I think her wedding was my first introduction to weddings and I took in every second of it. I know dementia took her mind and we would love to know her thoughts, but I am so thankful that she is at peace.

Lisa Newsome
3 years ago

Sending condolences to the family in memory of a beautiful and kind dear lady. May you find comfort and peace in knowing she touched so many in her well led life. Love and hugs.

Diane Charles
3 years ago

Ruth was a lady who really knew the meaning of being a servant for God. She led a life that we should all strive to be more like. I will always cherish her memory. My thoughts and prayers for all the family.

Patti Henning
3 years ago

Mrs Ruth was one of the sweetest ladies I ever knew. Prayers for her family, Mark, Russell and Glenn Jr and their families. May her memories live forever in their hearts.