Raymond Eugene Overcash, 90, of LaGrange, GA, died December 16, 2013, at Northwest LA War Veterans Home, Bossier City, LA.
Mr. Overcash was born May 19, 1923, and was the son of the late Howard Hurshel and Eva Reeves Overcash. He was a life-long resident of LaGrange until April 2008 when he moved to the Northwest LA War Veterans Home in Bossier City to be close to his daughter, Kathy Overcash LeBlanc and her husband Donald (Dut) LeBlanc, Jr.
In April 1943 he enlisted in the Army and was a paratrooper with the 101 Airborne. He was one of the "Screaming Eagles" who "dropped" behind enemy lines in Normandy roughly a half hour after midnight on June 6, 1944, hours before the first troops went ashore on the beaches. Shortly after jumping from the plane his parachute was ripped by gunfire causing him to fall 400 feet and resulted in his breaking his back. He was honorably discharged in February 1945 with multiple injuries as a Purple Heart recipient. Following his recovery he worked at Callaway Mills and then eventually started his own dairy and operated it for over 36 years.
He so loved his wife of 59 years, the late Quintella Freeman Overcash. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law Kathy and Donald (Dut) LeBlanc, Jr of Shreveport, LA; a grandson, Daniel Conrad LeBlanc and wife Shannon LeBlanc and grand children, Eloise Elizabeth and Oliver Conrad LeBlanc, all from Tulsa, Ok.; his Granddaughter and husband Lauren LeBlanc Jefferies and Steven Jefferies of Birmingham, AL.; sisters-in-law, Carol Freeman and Julia Frances Overcash of LaGrange; brother-in-law Chester Freeman, Jr. of Rome, GA, and numerous nieces and nephews. He loved having his grandchildren along with other family and friends on the farm to ride them on the tractor and teach them to appreciate "life." Family members and friends will remember the many visits and get togethers at his home where he and Quintella always welcomed everyone. He also enjoyed being a part of Troup County Senior Citizen Center and Troup County Cattlemen's Association. He was a member of East Vernon Baptist Church and was known for his contagious laugh.
He is preceded in death by two brothers, Howard Hurshel and Albert Lee Overcash.
Serving as pallbearers are Daniel LeBlanc, Daryl Overcash, Charles Hester, Scott Sikes, William Riddle, David Carter and Shane Hand. Honorary pallbearers are Archie Arrington, Jack Folds, Mike White, Tony Fling and Randy McGimsey.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm at Hunter Allen Myhand Chapel on Saturday, December 21, with Rev Ronnie Puckett officiating. Burial will be in Shadowlawn Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will begin at 11:00am at the funeral home.
The family would like to extend their deep appreciation for all of the support and prayers by family and close friends. The staff at the Northwest LA War Veterans Home gave extraordinary care to him for the last five years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Northwest LA War Veterans Home, 3130 Arthur Ray Teague Parkway, Bossier City, LA 71112.
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