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Zeb William Overton, Sr.

Zeb William Overton, Sr. passed away on February 27, 2022.

He was born to Lois and Leonard Overton in Oxford, NC on October 14, 1938. Zeb spent his early life on the family’s farm in the Providence Community where he learned agriculture. Stepping away from the family business, Zeb worked for The A&P Company, beginning as a bag boy. He used his strong work ethic and interpersonal skills and was soon working his way through the ranks. Over the years, Zeb managed stores in Henderson, Louisburg, and Raleigh, where he not only ran impeccable stores but developed numerous life-long friendships as well. Zeb’s longest stint was managing the store on Lake Boone Trail in Raleigh where he had tremendous success and a loyal customer base. During his 31 years with A&P, Zeb received numerous awards for store quality and productivity. In 1989, Zeb turned in his store keys and went to work for Acosta Sales and Marketing where he enjoyed traveling, working, and socializing with his team until his retirement in 2010.

The family will receive visitors at the Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford on Saturday, March 5 from 9-9:45 am.

Zeb married Patricia Rose Taylor in 1961. They were blessed with four wonderful children. Zeb loved his days at the old homestead, fishing and hunting and passing on his skills to the next generation. He was an avid quail hunter and loved his bird dogs. Annual trips to Myrtle Beach with family friends gave the Overton children many fond memories. Zeb had a big heart and would offer help to anyone in need. He is survived by his four children: Zeb, Jr. (Tara) of Raleigh, Wendy O. Cantliffe (Jon) of Berlin, CT, Rodney (Jody) of Youngsville, and Patrick (Temple) of Raleigh as well as eleven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and his sister, Jane Rice of Oxford. Zeb was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia, in October of 2021.

A funeral service will be held in the Eakes chapel at 10am and burial in the Averette-Overton Cemetery to follow.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford or the Disabled American Veteran’s Charity.


  • Earl Fowler Posted March 4, 2022 11:18 am

    To the family of Zeb Overton. So sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Overton. Having lost both parents in the last few years I know the tremendous void that you will feel in your life. Remembering all the fond memories that you have will help and will eventually bring a smile to your face as time goes by. Our prayers are with you during this time of grief.

  • James Keith Posted March 4, 2022 1:02 pm

    I send my sympaty and condolences to Zeb’s family. Please accept my apology for not being able to attend the service at the presnt time. I will be thinking of each of you during this difficult time. Cherish the memories!

  • Charlotte Johnston Posted March 4, 2022 7:15 pm

    It is with great sadness to learn of Zeb’s passing. The Overtons were such great neighbors and Zeb always brought the pig to our annual Pickwick neighborhood pig pickiins. To all the Overton family you are in my heart and prayers. They raised you good. Love, Charlotte Johnston

  • Wendy Lassiter Posted March 5, 2022 12:58 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad. We will be praying for you and your family.
    Wendy & Frank Lassiter

  • Julia Minor Posted March 5, 2022 1:51 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I use to work with him at A&P.

  • Patricia Brown Posted March 13, 2022 10:00 pm

    zeb srood upn for me at my wedding 55 years ago! Although it did not last I will always cherish knowing and working with him at the A&P!

  • Gilbretta Ashton-Jones Posted May 30, 2022 6:45 pm

    I am sorry to that my dialysis buddy is no longer with us. He was a great guy who shared his rich life in the stories he told. Is missed greatly.

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