James Lavon Overstreet

May 22, 1938 ~ September 14, 2021 (age 83)

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James L Overstreet (Jim), passed away peacefully at his home in Laton Hill, Alabama, in the arms of his beloved wife, and surrounded by his girls and grandchildren, listening to his bluegrass music, on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. 

He was born on May 22, 1938 to Connie Mitchell Overstreet and Ruth Estella Webb Overstreet.  He grew up in Chatom and graduated from Washington County High School in 1957. 

Jim married the love of his life, Ann Loper, on August 2, 1963. They have lived in the Laton Hill community since then. He spent 30 years working as a shift electrician at Ciba Geigy, while running a poultry house operation and serving his country as an officer in the Alabama National Guard and retiring as Major from the U.S. Army Reserves. His real passion came in raising his family. As a family, he led his girls in raising 4-H club calves throughout their school years. He instilled the motto to work hard, play hard and do it together as a family.  His two main passions behind family was listening to bluegrass music and being the grillmaster at his barbeques. After retiring from Ciba Geigy in 1998, Jim enjoyed supporting his grandchildren in their extracurricular activities, and offered his grills and his cooking expertise for fundraising at the county schools and community events.  He even received an Outstanding Service award from Leroy High School baseball team. In his twilight years, he could often be found sitting on the "bench" in Chatom and drinking a " cup of Joe" with his town friends carrying telling tall tales of past feats. 

 He was called many names by many people, but he was best known as Husband, Daddy, Paw Paw and Smokehouse Jim. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Carrie Annette (Ann) Loper Overstreet, his 4 daughters, Gwendolyn Powell (Danny) of Leroy, Alabama, Reba Libby of Gulf Breeze, Florida, Emily Malone (Jeff) of Stockton, and Leigh Ann Overstreet (Kim) of Daphne.

His 7 grandchildren Daniel Drury Powell V (Jenilee) of Helena, Alabama, Matthew James Powell (Kari) of Daphne, Alabama, William Hugh Malone, Jay Allen Malone, Lathan Elizabeth Libby, Sarah Ryleigh Overstreet and Kimberly Ann Overstreet.  His 5 great-grandchildren Daniel Drury Powell VI (Dane), Parker Slayton Powell, Olivia Caroline Powell, Marley James Powell, Mari Edward Powell.  Brothers, Ben Overstreet and Roy Overstreet, nieces, nephews, and his church family at Springbank Baptist Church. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Johnny, Rex, Lonnie and sister, Flora Overstreet James.  


Daniel Drury Powell V

Matthew James Powell

Wiliam Hugh Malone

Jay Allen Malone

John W. Barnickel

Travis Loper

Honorary Pallbearers

Maynard Overstreet

Gary Overstreet

Jeff Overstreet


Visitation will be on Friday, September 17 at 12:00-12:30 for family and 12:30-2:00 PM for friends with Funeral 2:00 PM at Springbank Baptist church. Burial will follow at Laton Hill Cemetery.  Bro. Ricky Revette and Bro. Leland James officiating with St. Stephens Funeral Home directing.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Laton Hill Volunteer Fire Department at 55 Nathan Jordan Road Chatom, Alabama, 36518.

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