Thomas Milford Overley, 86, of Tupelo, Miss., died Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at The Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall, with Rev. Dave Huck officiating. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com. Memorials may be made to The Sanctuary Hospice House, PO Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803; or The Alzheimer's Association, 1900 Dunbarton Drive, Suite 1, Jackson, MS 39216.
A native of Missouri, he was born Aug. 7, 1922, to William and Maude Vesser Overley. A U.S. Army veteran, he served his country during World War II. He was a professional horseman and trainer. He was an avid gardener with a special passion for roses.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Helen Hollywood Overley of Tupelo; two daughters, Garra Owens and her husband, Hank, of Tupelo and Tammy Tallent and her husband, Garry, of Whitefish, Mont.; his son-in-law, Mike Simmons of Norman, Okla.; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth Rose and her husband, Kevin, of Tupelo, Ariel Owens of Tupelo, Lauren Simmons of Norman, Olivia Tallent and Isaac Tallent, both of Whitefish, and Clay Simmons and Meredith Simmons Smith, both of Oklahoma City, Okla.; three great-grandchildren, Lilee and Walter Rose of Tupelo and Madeline Smith of Oklahoma City; two sisters, Belle Pottishman of Chicago, Ill., and Maude Bergman of Wake Forrest, N.C.; and his brother-in-law, Kenneth Hollywood and his wife, Georgia, of Marshall.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Carol Overley Simmons; three sisters; and two brothers.
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