John Wilson Overton

June 26, 2012


AHOSKIE – John Wilson Overton, age 88, passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at Vidant Medical Center. He was born in Hertford County on September 25, 1923 to the late Thad Overton and Sarah Brinkley Overton.

Mr. Overton proudly served his country during WWII as part of the 805th Military Police Company. He worked at Eastern Office Equipment Company for many years as the printer & manager until he retired. He was an active volunteer and deacon at First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, and loved his work as a volunteer at Vidant Roanoke Chowan Hospital.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 65 years, Inez Dempsey Overton; daughters, Brenda Overton Languirand and husband Mark of Baton Rouge, LA, and Cindy Overton Jarman and husband Daryle of Angier, NC; a son Tony Overton and fiancé Shari Gibson of Ahoskie; grandchildren, Mark Languirand Jr. and wife April of Baton Rouge, LA, Michael Languirand and wife Kerri of Walker, LA, and Leslie Lambert and husband Steven of Angier, NC; and nine great-grandchildren. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, including special niece Debbie Magette. Special thanks to close friends and neighbors for your acts of kindness during this time.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held Friday, June 29 at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church of Ahoskie with the Rev. Daniel Glaze officiating.

Family and friends may send condolences and sign the online guestbook by visiting

Garrettt-Jones Funeral Home of Ahoskie is serving the Overton family.

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Fran Overton
11 years ago

So sorry to hear of John’s death. He was truly a man that lived his faith. So glad I had the priviledge to know him. My prayers go out to each of you in your loss. My God bring comfort to you all

Sylvia Dempsey
11 years ago

Dear Inez,Brenda,Tony and Cindy, I was so saddened to hear about “Mutt”. He was one of the kindest, caring, persons that I have ever known. I know that Bobby respected and loved him, too. Now, they are together with Raymond, and other loved ones, praising the Lord and no longer in pain. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Sylvia

Debbie and Bill Magette
11 years ago

Uncle Mutt was one of the most kind, gentle and caring men we have ever known. He taught us so much about true love and we will miss him dearly!

Sammy Vaughan
11 years ago

John, with his wife, were the people to see at Eastern Office Equipment, which was the place that everyone went for office supplies. You could always count on John to know what was available, what you needed, and to be a gentleman while he served you. Such are rare today. I regret the loss to his family.