Leon Overbay "Boones Creek Bard"


Mr. Leon Overbay “Boones Creek Bard”, Johnson City, passed away Sunday, March 27, 2016 at his residence.
He was a lifelong resident of the Boones Creek community, and was the son of the late Don and Madeline Keefauver Overbay.
Leon was a founding member of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild and co-host of the Jonesborough Yarn Exchange Radio Program.
Mr. Overbay began his career with Mason Dixon Trucking, was Vice President of Finance with Edwards and Associates, worked with Appalachian Christian Distributors, and retired from Powell Construction.
He served his country for six years in the United States Army Reserves.
He was a member of Boones Creek Christian Church where he served as a deacon, sang in the choir, and taught the “Joy” Sunday School Class.
He was an avid golfer and runner.
Mr. Overbay is survived by his wife, Pamela Leonard Overbay of the home; sons Kevin Overbay of the home and Keith Overbay of Nashville; grandson Kyle Overbay; granddaughter Allison Overbay; brothers Lynn Overbay and wife Peggy and Donnie Overbay; and aunt Evelyn McCall.
A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, March 31, 2016, 6:00 PM at Boones Creek Christian Church with Minister David Clark and Mr. Tony Overbay officiating. A reception will follow the service in the church fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to the Boones Creek Christian Church, 2684 Boones Creek RD, Johnson City, TN 37615 or the Crumley House, 300 Urbana RD, Limestone, TN 37681.

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04-08-2016 casey graves
Pamela and family. i am so sorry for your loss! we know that he is in heaven looking down on y'all. i am praying for y'all!
04-06-2016 Deanna Beard Kaywood
You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God's peace be you.
04-03-2016 Ed Hausman
Pam, saddened to hear of Leon's passing.i always enjoyed speaking to and seeing Leon. he was a good man.
04-01-2016 Darrell Holden
Dear Pam and family, Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. Leon was known by many and a friend to all. He will be sorely missed. His life was one of many accomplishments and service to his community.
03-31-2016 Sandy McKee Cooper
I extend my heart-felt condolences to Pam and family. I pray that your memories will sustain you and ask God to surround you with the comfort and peace that only he can give during this difficult time.
03-31-2016 Janice Reid
Pam and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers. There will now be a huge void in the Boones Creek community!
03-31-2016 Tom McKee
Pam and Family: Very sorry to hear about your loss. Leon was a great fellow who will be missed by all. Tom McKee
03-31-2016 Larry and Gayleen Kelley
No words are enough to say “Thank You” to Leon Overbay. He used his God-given talents to show the world that being a Christian can be fun. You were a great example to us all. Memories will keep you and Pam close to our hearts forever. Larry and Gayleen Kelley
03-31-2016 Charles D. Von Cannon-Former BSHS teacher
I knew Leon and Lynn as young men and I knew Leon as a talented story teller in rhyme. Leon as a lad you had "Dominion" over the bull who became cross- eyed due to the combined efforts of the Overbay twins. I am so thankful that I was able to share your childhood through your story-telling. GOD speed to your new home in Heaven.
03-31-2016 Keith and Becky Ray
Pam and family, Becky and I are very sorry to hear of Leon's passing. I will always remember time spent with Leon and will keep the memories of this good man and friend as stories of my own. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as is our deepest sympathies.
03-31-2016 Ella Bowen (Barnes)
Pam, my heart, thoughts and prayers are with you and your Sons and all your many friends and extended families.
03-30-2016 Sid & Cindy Cox
Pam and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. God will provide you with comfort and strength in the days ahead.
03-30-2016 Bob and Wanda Banks, Jacksonville Beach, FL
Pam, our deepest sympthies are with you and the family during this time of sadness. He will always be remembered for his smile and wonderful personality. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and the family. Love.
03-30-2016 Pamela Daniels
Dear Pam and Family, what a wonderful man and what a great blessing Leon will always be to me and to our community. He has caused all of us to appreciate our lives and the stories attached to them in such a greater way. My heart is so full. Praying for you! Pam
03-30-2016 Bob Dinolfo, CFO for Biblica
I had the priveledge of working with Leon at Send the Light Distribution. I appreciated his sense of humor, his work ethic, story telling, and most of all his Christian character. I offer my prayer and condolences to Leon's entire family.
03-30-2016 Dee maggio
What can you say about Leon? I met him when I first joined the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild 9 years ago. The Boone's Creek Bard! I loved his poems-I think the one about the husband going to buy a bra for his wife was my favorite! Everyone would laugh so hard they'd have tears in their eyes.I have tears in my eyes now writing this-sad that I will no longer see Leon or hear him tell stories, but also tears of joy for I know he's in Heaven telling his stories. So if a little rain falls tomorrow it's because the Angels are listening to Leon's poems and stories about his and his twin brother's antics in Boone's Creek and laughing so hard they're crying. God Bless you Leon you will be missed. Love, thoughts and prayers to Pam and their family.
03-30-2016 NancyHope & Odie Major
so honored to know Leon & you as well. Praying for God's Blessings continuing to up lift you and family. Hugs the Majors
03-30-2016 Chippy Whitehead
My sincere condolences to Leon's family. He will certainly be missed.
03-29-2016 Regenia Bishop
Pam and family, I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Leon. I have such fond memories of the two of you when the family would get together at Beulah's house in Kingsport. So glad I was able to visit with you both at Michael's last fall. Please know that you and the rest of your family are in my prayers.
03-29-2016 Stan and Treva Kinnett
Pam and family, We are so sorry to hear about Leon's passing but also glad that he is now home with God and free from pain and suffering. All of your family will remain in our prayers! We love you!
03-29-2016 Faye Wooden
Deepest sympathy and condolences to the entire Overbay family. Leon was more than an extraordinary storyteller. He was an extraordinary man who inspired and encouraged the best in all of us who knew him. May we all find some comfort in this fact: GOD loved Leon so much that HE took him home on Easter Sunday--the day that Jesus rose from the tomb.
03-29-2016 Gilbert F.
Pam and Family I was sorry to read on facebook of the passing of Leon, he was a good friend . I want be able to make to funeral or visitation m due to another commitment. I just want to let you know that you Know that you qill be in my thoughts and prayers . Gibbie Storey Paintsville, Kentucky
03-29-2016 Rick Lewis
Pam and family, my deepest condolences to you all. I will always remember the time I spent with Leon at Edwards and on the golf course. He will truly be missed.
03-29-2016 Martha Good (Jerri)
Pamela and Family, My Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family. I worked with Leon at M&D. Always smiling and enjoyed life. I last saw Leon at the M&D reunion. He will be missed by all who knew him. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY jERRI
03-29-2016 Nancy Suttle-Reece
My deepest sympathy to the entire family on the untimely passing of Leon. I had the pleasure of working with him for several years at Mason & Dixon. He truly loved his family. I hope that all the memories and traditions that have accumulated through the years will sustain you now, and in time to come. And may our Heavenly Father, in His infinite mercy, provide you comfort during this very difficult time of bereavement. I'll continue to keep you in my heart and prayers. Nancy Suttle-Reece
03-29-2016 Linda (Green) Honeycutt
Pam and family I am sorry to hear of Leon"s passing.I will always have fond memories of Leon.I am praying for his whole family
03-29-2016 Sarah Humphrey
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Leon. He and I worked together for many years at Appalachian Bible Company/Send the Light for many years. He loved telling stories and did so every chance he got. :-) He will be greatly missed. Sarah Humphrey
03-29-2016 Linda Barnett
Pam, This Deanna Barnett daughter. So sorry for your family lost. He meant alot to alot of people because of his storytelling. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
03-29-2016 John W Mathes
Leon's family, I am sorry for your loss. I met Leon while he was at Appalachian Christian Distributors. I work at Tyndale House Publishers. Loved his stories. Absolutely a southern gentleman.
03-29-2016 Dave Hogan
Pam, Margo and I send our sincere condolences. Leon was appreciated as our friend and neighbor for the many years we lived there in Olde Oaks. So many fond memories of a true gentleman and great storyteller. And, I could always count on Leon for a great radio interview on WJCW!


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