Carroll Jackson Overton, age 82, passed away on January 22nd, in Austin, Texas. He is survived by his daughters, Dawn Cervenka (Nick), Deanna Smarr, and Dacia Hammer (Mike). He also leaves behind his grandchil- dren, their spouses and great-grandchildren, the absolute joys of his life. Blake Cervenka (Taylor, Campbell, Townsend and Shepherd), Brett Cervenka (Kendyl and Jackson), Amye Cervenka, Cole Smarr (Tiera, Emily, Aubree and Cody), Courtney Smarr, Caitlyn Smarr, Cade Smarr, Gregory Hammer, Megan D'Antuono, Dane Hammer, Paul Mosley, and Daquan Patton . And his two brothers, Tom Dave Overton and Donald Ray Overton. He is preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Horlock Overton and their daughter Deborah Lee Overton, and his parents, Tom Dave and Mattie Lee Overton.
Carroll Jackson Overton, or "Goober" as he was known by his friends and family, was a larger than life kinda guy. A wonderful hus- band, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend, died peacefully on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019, leaving his family and friends with heavy hearts but filled with love and precious memories.
Carroll was born January 23rd, 1936 in Palestine, Texas to Tom and Matte Lee Overton, now deceased.
He grew up there, graduating from Palestine High School, leaving a legacy of athleticism that is still recognized today. He left Palestine on a football scholarship to Baylor University, and it was there that he met and married the love of his life, Barbara. They were married 56 years.
Carroll, "Grandad"found his greatest joy in the time spent with family. And he loved his friends, a gift he passed on to each of us. He loved unselfishly and gave generously with a heart that can't be matched. He was our number one fan. Whether a football, baseball, or basketball game or a dance recital, or the annual Christmas Pageant, even just a lunch date, he loved being in attendance of our lives. He was our rock, and the same to so many. He was the guy you could count on, with a strength that few can muster, and a softness that melted your heart.
A true hero to us all, and literally to so many. He received the Carnegie Hero Award, after rushing in to save lives, at the burning YMCA building, in Palestine, Texas.
He loved his family, with a depth that no words can convey, and his Baylor Bears, a good western, hunting and fishing (mostly to share the great outdoors with his family), and his friends. He worried about all his "squirrels", as he so lovingly called those in his circle, and took a leadership, mentor role in trying to keep us all on track, not an easy task.
We love you, "to the moon and back".
A celebration of Carroll's life will be Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 from 2-5pm, at the Cervenka home, 6301 Rain Creek Parkway, Austin, Texas 78759.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carroll's name to The Texas Children's Hospital ( This donation will honor his daughter, who lost her battle to Leukemia in 1974.
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