Carolyn Sue Overton

Born in Harrisburg, IL on September 22, 1945

Departed on April 2, 2017 and resided in Portland, TN

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Carolyn S. Overton, 71, died Sunday April 2, 2017, at The Bridges at Highland, in Portland, Tennessee, with her beloved family by her side.  Carolyn was born in 1945, to Lindell S. and Nadine Rutherford, in the town of Harrisburg, Illinois.  Carolyn was a Judicial Commissioner in Rutherford County for many years, and was proud of the work she did.

Carolyn is survived by her Sons, Dusty Overton (Amber), and Billy D. Overton.  A Daughter, Donna S. Buckman.  Two sisters, Freda White and Linda Williamson.  Two brothers, Larry and Gary Rutherford. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren.

There will be no local services for Carolyn, but a family service will be held at a later date in Illinois.


9 Comments to Carolyn Sue Overton

  1. Amber Overton
    April 3, 2017 6:29 pm

    Love you grandma ! Forever and always ..

    • Amber Overton
      April 5, 2017 12:06 pm

      I will never forget all of the times that we shared. Caring for you was such a blessing to me. The memories that we made the past 16 months are something that I will always remember. All I keep thinking in my head is seeing your beautiful smile while Tug and I walked you down to enjoy the ocean:) Times were not always easy as we watched your health fade, but it was a honor to me to be apart of your journey. Even though you are not here physically to drink your smoothies or threaten to fly out to Illinois, I know that you are in heaven looking down on all of us. My heart Is full knowing that you went peacefully with us by your side . You will always be in our hearts. We were once your angels but now you are ours!
      Fly High GMA
      Love you always, your daughter in law Amber

  2. Dusty Jim Overton
    April 3, 2017 10:53 pm

    I love you MOM! I thank God you knew that. I remember when I was little we used to argue who was going to bury who. I did not want be the one doing all this. Little did I know that God would bless me with a wife that loves us both as much as we loved each other. I am so great fuel that god blessed me with you as my mom. I was such a mixed up kid and you let me lead my own way through all the screw ups and heartache even when it hurt you and I’m a better man because of it. I’m so glad your free with god. He showed himself to both of us didn’t he….I’ll see you soon mom! I love you beyond measures!

  3. Karletta Kay Dowling
    April 5, 2017 10:27 am

    Carol may you rest in peace…God has opened up the sky to gain his newest Angel…..I am grateful for the opportunity to have shared that crazy little boy of yours. (Dusty). Many adventures with that one but a blessing to me and my son’s..Your old journey is over and a new one just begun……Fly High my friend……

  4. Dusty Overton
    April 5, 2017 10:08 pm

    I miss you so much MOM!!! I always feared this life without you in it. You were the only one who has always been there from the beginning. You taught me to pray…. That’s the only thing that gets me through. I know your watching me telling me not to cry but I miss your hugs and kisses. I know I did all I could why you were sick and I’ve done everything you wished and asked for. I just wish I could have changed the way I treated you when I was younger. I know it’s part of being a child and a learning process but I wish I could have not taken you for granted as much and I could have done more things with you! I’m so glad we got to take you on vacation. I’m so thankful for all the nights I woke up to take you to the bathroom and while walking you back to bed all the hugs and I love you I received. During that time I learned so much about patients and caring about the little things. I know it was all a big lesson from God. I can just picture you seeing your family again. I’m so happy for you. It’s just really hard missing you. I love you so much mom! I’m glad you get to eat with the Heavenly Father! Tell everyone I said hey and I love them!

  5. Hans Oberkirsch
    April 6, 2017 6:35 pm

    I’ve been sitting and thinking about the time I’ve known you and everything you put yourself through to survive and help give a descent life for your family and others. You were an amazing woman who can now relax, and know that everything will be fine. You’ve taught your children well and inspired them to work just as hard and survive by all means necessary. You will always be loved and greatly missed.

  6. Tricia
    April 13, 2017 10:57 am

    Please take comfort in Jesus Christ words “there will be a resurrection and sickness and death will be gone forever.” John 5:28,29;Rev.21:3,4

  7. Roxane Tatum
    May 5, 2017 11:32 am

    Carolyn, I was blessed to share nine wonderful grandchildren with you. The love in you was so obvious, even on the days the dementia was bad.On the times the world opened to you and the fog lifted, you were a joy to see.That big smile
    and those bright eyes.We had a lot of good days and going to O Charlys’ was where you we had the most fun. That and the beech of course.You outdid me in Florida!! .To raise a child with Diabetes, must have been so hard.You had to have been a devoted,strong, loving mother.You are sadly missed, and fondly remembered.I pray you are with your beloved mother at restful peace. Love, Roxane

  8. Rhonda Campbell
    June 6, 2017 4:15 am

    A great lady. You are missed and thought of often. Every time I see a “yarn doll” , I laugh and think of our excursions.

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