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02/27/16 - NNHS Newsletter - Waverly Overton

Waverly Nelson Overton
(d. 09 Feb 2016)

Phoebus High School  / Peninsula Catholic High School

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have more sad if somewhat belated news this Saturday.
   Waverly Overton, son of the late      Nelson Overton (June '45) (07 Feb 1928 - 08 Jan 2008) and Margaret Lee Payne Overton (June 45) (24 May 1928 - 24 Sept 2013), passed away in Clovis, California on Tuesday, February 09, 2016 at the age of 55.

   Among his cousins is      Bobby Hatten (NNHS / Ferguson HS - '65) of VA.

From The Daily Press - 02/27/16:

         Waverly N. Overton
    CLOVIS, CA - Waverly Nelson Overton, 55, of Clovis, CA, passed away on February 9, 2016, due to a brief struggle with cancer.

Waverly is preceded in death by his parents, the Honorable Judge Nelson T. Overton and Margaret Lee Payne Overton of Hampton, Virginia. He grew up in Hampton, VA, where he attended local elementary schools and Phoebus High School.

He graduated from Peninsula Catholic High School and subsequently spent several years as a Chief Steward in the Merchant Marines traveling the world. This is where he discovered his love for cooking.

Waverly was a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Norfolk, Virginia and received his degree in Culinary Arts in 1990. Waverly spent most of his career as an Executive Chef in the Hospitality and Healthcare Industry. He spent many years as Executive Chef of Riverside Hospital in Newport News, Virginia, Rose Medical Center in Denver, CO and Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, CA. He was very talented and passionate about his field. He routinely hosted "Healthy Cooking" segments in the community where he lived. Waverly was also a certified instructor of Culinary Arts and briefly taught at the Institute of Technology in Clovis, CA.

His hobbies included visiting the shooting range, avidly reading murder mysteries and hockey.

Waverly Overton
Waverly is survived by his spouse, Amy Christ Overton; loving daughters, Taylor Rae Overton and Emily Payne Overton of Clovis; sisters, Nancy Overton Smith of Hampton, Virginia and Peggy Overton Vaughan of Greenville, NC; and his aunts and uncles, Mary Lou and John Hatten of Newport News, VA, Ann and Barry Wood of Easton, MD, and Lucille Overton Adams of Mableton, GA, cousins, nieces and friends.

A funeral service of remembrance will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 10:00 am at the Fresno Funeral Chapel, 1136 A Street, Fresno, CA 93706.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to . The family of Waverly Overton wishes to sincerely thank Clovis Community Hospital, cCARE of California, Hospice, and Home Care - The Central Valley. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on February 27, 2016.
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I will always remember the good times I spent visiting with Amy and Waverly. Waverly was a kind hearted man. He will be missed by many. Sending our love to Amy, the girls and the rest of Waverly's family.

~ Tina and Gary Woods, Newport News, Virginia

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Sorry for your loss, Peggy and family.

Bill and Karen Meetze, Greenville, North Carolina

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Waverly's family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

 O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Words by Isaac Watts, The Psalms of David, 1719 (based on Psalm 90)
(17 July 1674 - 25 Nov 1748)

Music, St. Anne, by
William Croft, 1708
(10 Dec 1678 - 14 Aug 1727)

1. O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

2. Under the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defense is sure.

3. Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.

4. Thy Word commands our flesh to dust,
“Return, ye sons of men”:
All nations rose from earth at first,
And turn to earth again.

5. A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

6. The busy tribes of flesh and blood,
With all their lives and cares,
Are carried downwards by the flood,
And lost in foll’wing years.

7. Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly, forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the op’ning day.

8. Like flow’ry fields the nations stand
Pleased with the morning light;
The flow’rs beneath the mower’s hand
Lie with’ring ere ’tis night.

9. O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while troubles last,
And our eternal home.

"O God, Our Help in Ages Past" midi courtesy of - 08/04/09

"O God, Our Help in Ages Past" lyrics courtesy of - 08/04/09

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 03/15/05

USMM Seal courtesy of - 02/27/16

07/22/14 Image of Chef Waverly Overton courtesy of - 02/27/16

Kitchen Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 01/01/10

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

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