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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.

8 Comments

  • Charlotte Watson Johnston Posted October 15, 2021 6:38 am

    With great sadness I

    To Zeb and all the family words can’t begin to express our grief. Charlotte, Walt Johnston and Amy Merritt

  • Jannie Harris Preddy Posted October 15, 2021 4:42 pm

    So sad to learn of Pat’s passing; my thoughts and prayers are with the family. I have great memories of our time at ECC; our rides to and from Greenville from Oxford as well as being roommates.

  • Jo Ann Lewis Shelby Posted October 15, 2021 7:52 pm

    I was so sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. Having lived in Pickwick many years, my children and I had the pleasure of knowing Pat and her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
    Jo Ann Shelby, Katie Johansson and Jessica Eddins.

  • Myrta D. Wilkins Posted October 15, 2021 8:51 pm

    MANY YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE I HAVE SEEN PATRICIA ROSE. WE GREW UP TOGETHER IN OXFORD WHERE I HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF OUR PLAYING
    “JUMP BOARD” IN MY BACK YARD AND MY MAMA TEACHING US TO CROCHET. I ENJOYED HER FAMILY, ESPECIALLY HER MOTHER WHO HELPED IN THEIR
    STORE “THE VILLAGE INN” (MOST OF OUR WEST OXFORD PEOPLE INCLUDING ME CALLED IT “THE JOINT” WHERE HER MOTHER COULD MAKE THE BEST
    HOT DOGS YOU EVER ATE. )PATRICIA ROSE WAS SO GENTLE AND KIND AND SHE IS NOW WITH HER LORD.

    PRAYERS FOR ZEB AND ALL HER FAMILY
    MYRTA ANN DIXON WILKINS.

  • Gilbretta Ashton-Joness Posted October 16, 2021 3:09 pm

    My dear Mr. Overton I am sorry for your loss. I am thinking today of how you lovingly talked about her during dialysis. May God comfort you as you tuck memories in your heart of what the two of you shared together. May she rest in Paradise.

  • Katherine Pruitt Belcher Posted October 17, 2021 12:54 pm

    Many fond memories of our teen years in Oxford and at ECU.Prayers for you and your family.

  • Robin Harry Posted October 17, 2021 6:02 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Pat. We worked together at the preschool for several years. She was a friend, co-worker, and neighbor who made my day brighter every single day! Prayers and blessings for the Overton family.
    Robin Harry

  • peggy D Clark Posted October 31, 2021 1:54 am

    Zeb and family, my deepest sympathy in the loss of Pat’s homegoing. I have good memories of youall during your years in Henderson and my relationship in working with you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless!!

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