Nan (Overton) West (1919 - 2018)

Obituary
  • "Mrs. West was a perfect example of love and kindness. She..."
    - Kirby Hurley

Lubbock- In Thanksgiving for the Life of Nan Overton West . Nan Overton West passed away September 11, 2018, four days shy of her 99th birthday. Celebration of Life services will be held at Neil Chapel at Carillon on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 10:00. The Reverend Jim Powell will officiate at the services. A life-long resident of Lubbock, Nannie Margaret Overton was the daughter of the late Dr. M. C. Overton and Mrs. Nannie Jennings Overton, and granddaughter of early Lubbock pioneers the Rev. and Mrs. G. B. Overton and Mrs. J. H. Jennings, all of whom preceded her in death. Her four brothers also preceded her in death. She married Lt. William Thomas (Pete) West November 14, 1942 at First Methodist Church in Lubbock. He preceded her in death on February 13, 2000. Nan was born September 15, 1919, and she attended Lubbock public schools, Texas Tech University, Randolph-Macon Woman's College, and the University of Texas, where she graduated with Honors in 1941. She was a life-long member of First United Methodist Church and a Life Member of the Administrative Board; she formerly served on the church staff as editor of the church newspaper. She was a 75-year member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority and past member of P.E.O. and Junior League of Lubbock. An avid genealogist, she researched, wrote, and published a biography of her father and also three volumes of family history. She was always true to her research and reported what she found, good or bad. She received several awards for her work from the state genealogical society. She was a member and Board Member of Texas State Genealogical Society and also a former member of numerous genealogy and heritage organizations including the South Plains Genealogical Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Society of Colonial Dames of XVII Century, and Daughters of the American Colonists. She is survived by four children and their spouses: Martha Griffith and husband Keith of Austin; Barbara Smith and husband Jerry, Sam West and wife Diane; Thomas West and wife Ann of Abilene. Also by six grandchildren: Clark Overton Griffith and wife Sina Ellis Griffith of Thomasville, Georgia; Jessica Grace West of Lubbock, William Travis West of Washington, D.C.,Zachary Thomas and Nicki Ann Overton West of Abilene, and Taylor Cade West of Madrid, Spain. Also by two great-grandsons: Emmett Clark Overton Griffith and William Calhoun Griffith of Thomasville, Georgia. She is also survived by her sister Ruth Overton Carlock of Lubbock, a number of nieces and nephews, and countless beloved relatives in her Overton, Jennings, Dunlap, West, and Ray families. At her request, her body was donated to the willed body program at the Texas Tech Health Science Center to further medical research and education. Private interment will be at a later date at City of Lubbock Cemetery. Nan was a gentle and loving spirit who will be missed by all who had the opportunity to know her. A wonderful wife to Pete, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She always had a smile on her face and joy in her heart for all she came in contact with. She will be missed by all. Suggested memorials are to Television Ministry, First United Methodist Church, 1411 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79401, or to the Carillon Foundation, 1717 Norfolk, Lubbock, TX 79416.
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Sept. 16 to Sept. 17, 2018
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