George Overcash

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CANTON - George W. Overcash, 90, of Canton passed away and went home to be with his Lord at 9:10 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Graham Hospital Emergency Room in Canton.

He was born on May 24, 1924, in Farmington Township to Frank E. and Leota (Keefauver) Overcash. He married RosaLee Harris on June 6, 1948, in Fairview. She survives.

Also surviving are seven children, Terry (John) Lowe of Farmington, Curtis Overcash of Ottawa, Larry (Susan) Overcash of East Peoria, Gloria (John) Davis of Canton, Brenda (John) Baylor of Cuba, Laura (Richard) Sharpshair of Canton and Karla Hulvey of Canton; one sister, Alice Shelby of Lewistown; 24 grandchildren, Jason (Dayna) Lowe, Matthew (Charmaine) Lowe, Allison (Ryan) Hartstirn, Camille Overcash, Cameron Overcash, Luke (Erin) Overcash, Ty (Colleen) Overcash, Tess Overcash, Caitlin (Larry) Cook, Alexa Carver, Beau Carver, Amy (Tom) Deering, Ashley Davis, Kiley Davis, Sarah (Charles R.) Harn, Joshua Baylor, Jacob (Elise) Baylor, Nathaniel Sharpshair, Ryan Sharpshair, Megan Sharpshair, Alyssa Hulvey, Erika Hulvey, Michael Hulvey, Stevie (Troy) Miller and the late Ricky Hulvey; and 18 great-grandchildren, Christian, Johnny, Josey, Rylee, Elly, Savana, Olivia, Aubrey, Caden, Brandon, Kennedy Rae, Briggs, Charlotte Rose, Vivi, Jude, Harper, Phoenix and Sophia.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

George was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving his country on the USS Norris and USS Valentine, during World War II.

He loved farming and felt honored to be able to work alongside his father and then his sons. George and his father raised and showed Percheron horses.

He was a loving husband, father, granddad and great-granddad. He loved visiting with people. He and RosaLee enjoyed 22 winters in Texas. They were both avid ballroom dancers and shared their love of dancing with their children.

His faith in God was his foundation, as he often said "Life is but a dream" and the "Lord's been so good to me."

George was a longtime member of the Fairview Reformed Church and was a current member of the Maples Mill United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 25, 2014, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton, with the Rev. Jerry Sawyer officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 4 to 8 p.m., and again from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Friday morning. Burial will be at Foster Cemetery in rural Fairview.

Memorials may be made to the Maples Mill United Methodist Church.

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Oaks-Hines Funeral Home
1601 East Chestnut Street
Canton, IL 61520
(309) 647-1601
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from July 21 to July 22, 2014
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