Gary High School 1914-1978

The Coaldigger







RUTLEDGE, Tenn. Howard Ray Overbaugh, age 64, of Rutledge, Tenn., formerly of Bland, Va., died on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at Tanner Medical Center in Villa Rica, Ga. Born on Jan. 25, 1948 in Anawalt, W.Va., he was the son of the late Clowney and Irene Blevins Overbaugh. He was a retired supervisor for the State Department of Transportation and was a veteran of the Vietnam War having served in the U.S. Navy. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Faye Sims Overbaugh and a grandchild, Jordan Elizabeth Overbaugh.

Survivors include son, Stanley Overbaugh and wife, Elizabeth, of Douglasville, Ga.; daughters, Julie Overbaugh and Debra Sparks of Bland Va.; sisters, Amanda Heffinger of Leckie, W.Va., Linda Shupe of Anawalt, W.Va., Patricia Beverly of Premier, W.Va., Karen Miller of Anawalt, W.Va.; grandchildren, Jeremy Roberts of Bland, Va., Ashley and Heidi Overbaugh of Wytheville, Va., Cara and Tiffany Miller of Douglasville, Ga., Alex Sessions of Douglasville, Ga.; and great-grandchild, Aiden Connor Roberts of Bland, Va.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell with the Rev. Donnie Farmer officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell where the Navy Honor Guard and the Mercer County Veterans Council will conduct Military Graveside Honors. His family and friends will be serving as pallbearers. Friends may call on Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family is accepting online condolences at

The Cravens-Shires Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements