Patricia “Pat” Rose Taylor Overton
Patricia “Pat” Rose Taylor Overton of Raleigh, NC passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at the age of 82. She was born to Serlimmer Brown and James F. Taylor in Oxford, NC on October 8, 1939. Pat grew up in Oxford where she attended the Oxford Children’s Orphanage and helped in her parents’ store. She graduated from East Carolina Teachers College and later received a Master’s Degree in Early Education from The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Pat married Zeb William Overton in 1961 and they were blessed with four children. Pat is survived by her husband, Zeb, of the home, as well as their four children and their spouses: Zeb W. Overton, Jr. and Tara of Raleigh, Wendy O. Cantliffe and Jon of Berlin, CT, Rodney N. Overton and Jody of Youngsville, and Patrick T. Overton and Temple of Raleigh. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren and by two brothers, Preston and Roger Taylor. Her brother, J.F. Taylor Jr., and her two sisters, Sarah Taylor Parrott and Carolyn Taylor Finch, predeceased her.
A natural teacher with an immense love for children, Pat enjoyed her early career teaching elementary school in Raleigh, Louisburg, and Henderson, NC. She then went on to become a stay-at-home mom – famous for her chocolate pies, deviled eggs, and fried chicken, not to mention her skill at building Cub Scout race cars. Pat always had a smile, a hug, and a shoulder for her children to lean on – for that they will be eternally grateful. As her children grew up and moved out of the house, Pat found her way to Pleasant Valley Day Care Center in Raleigh. Pat taught countless children, changed thousands of diapers, and made an impact in the lives of a myriad families. In her later years with Pleasant Valley, “Ms. Pat” served as the Director where the children continued to warm her heart. She greatly enjoyed the sound of children’s laughter as they played outside. When Pat retired, she found enjoyment in sudoku, crossword, and jigsaw puzzles, visits from friends and family, and sitting outside, especially where she could see birds and the occasional deer. Pat was a tremendously loving mother and grandmother and she will be greatly missed. The family takes comfort in knowing that “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord,” (2 Corinthians 5:8) and they are grateful that Pat is in the presence of her Savior, Jesus.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 10:45 a.m. in the Eakes Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford, NC. Burial will follow in the Averette-Overton Cemetery located on Shock Overton Road in Oxford.
The family will receive visitors prior to the service from 9:30-10:30 am at the Eakes Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford.