John Elmo Overton, 90, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at Park Place Nursing Home in Tyler and went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
He leaves behind his wife of 65 years, Dolores (Davis) Overton of Tyler; daughter Ellen (Jeromy) Hollenshead of Albuquerque, New Mexico; granddaughter Laura Roberts of McKinney; brothers Jimmy (Betty) Overton and Sammy Lee (Helen) Overton, and nephew, John Ross Overton, all of Palestine.
Elmo was born on May 9, 1927, in the Elmwood Community of Anderson County, Texas, and was the son of J.P. and Lura (Morrow) Overton.
Elmo graduated from Palestine High School in 1945, leaving the night of graduation to serve his country in the Navy during World War II.
He returned to Palestine after the war and met his beautiful bride Dolores on a blind date in 1947. They were married at First Methodist Church in Palestine in 1951 and moved to Tyler in 1964, where Elmo lived the rest of his life.
Elmo worked for Halliburton over 35 years and was a long time member of both Marvin United Methodist Church and the Palestine Masonic Lodge #31 (Scottish Rite).
An avid hunter and outdoorsman, Elmo shared his love and expertise of the sport with generations of friends and family. It seems only appropriate that he left his earthly life the night of a full 'hunter's moon.'
The family wishes to thank Carolina Antunez, Elwood Stetson, the staff of Park Place Nursing Home, and Hospice of East Texas for their care and devotion to Elmo.
A memorial service for Elmo will be held in the Chapel of Marvin United Methodist Church, Tyler, on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at 2:00 pm, with a reception following in the Church Parlor.
A private inurnment will be held at a later date at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Tyler.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Elmo's memory to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Marvin United Methodist Church, or Hospice of East Texas.
Published on October 19, 2017