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09/26/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
Margaret Lee Payne Overton

Margaret Lee Payne Overton
(24 May 1928 - 24 Sept 2013)

Newport News High School Class of June 1945

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I was saddened this Thursday morning to read of the passing of     Margaret Lee Payne Overton, Class of June 1945.  Widow of       Nelson Overton, also Class of June 1945, and aunt of       Bobby Hatten (NNHS / Ferguson HS - '65) of VA, she passed away in Newport News on Wednesday, September 24, 2013 at the age of 85.  She was a lovely and gracious woman, and will always be remembered as such.

From the Daily Press - 09/26/13: 

                     Margaret Lee Payne Overton



NEWPORT NEWS - Margaret Lee Payne Overton passed away on September 24, 2013 after a brief illness. She was born May 24, 1928 in Newport News to Dr. Waverly R. and Lafayette J. Payne. She was a member of the Newport News High School Class of 1945, and was graduated from Saint Mary's College in Raleigh, NC, in 1947. She also attended the PanAmerican Business School in Richmond in 1948. Following her years of education, she returned to Newport News to work for Newport News High School, and later as the secretary to the Administrator of Riverside Hospital.

Margaret Lee married Nelson Tilghman Overton in June of 1952. She became a member of Trinity United Methodist Church that same year, and held many church positions through the years. She was the Secretary to the Women's Auxiliary, a Circle Leader, Chair of the Worship Committee, Chair of the Music Committee, and served as a substitute organist. For many years, Margaret Lee served as the organist for the Wednesday Noonday Services held weekly at Trinity UMC.





Margaret Lee was a member of the Junior League of Hampton Roads, having served as its Vice President, Treasurer, and Provisional Chair, as well as a volunteer with the speech school. She was a member of the Kecoughtan Literary Circle, and served as its past President. She served as Vice Regent and Americanism Chairman in the Daughters of the American Revolution Warwick Chapter (NN). She also served as President and member of the Pembroke Garden Club. She has been a member of the Virginia Choral Society Board of Directors since 1996. She was a member of the Red Hat Society (Scarlette Belles) and the Hampton Yacht Club.

Margaret Lee had a long seeded concern for the elderly long before she retired to Warwick Forest. She was a member of the Board of the Patrick Henry Hospital Auxiliary, and served as its President for two terms, and its Fair Chairman for two years. From there, she moved onto the Peninsula Agency on Aging Board, where she was Secretary for two six-year terms, as well as on the PAA Board of Endowment. She was also on the Riverside Retirement Services Board of Directors (now Warwick Forest) for eleven years.

Margaret Lee and Nelson loved entertaining, and did so every chance they had. They especially enjoyed hosting their club groups, the members of the court and clerk's office at Christmas time, and friends from Langley Field and Fort Monroe. They loved traveling together, and especially enjoyed their time with the VMI 49B crowd. Margaret Lee enjoyed sewing, knitting, crossword puzzles, and jigsaw puzzles, and was rarely seen sitting idly.

Margaret Lee is survived by her three children, Nancy Overton Smith and her husband, Steve, of Hampton; Waverly Nelson Overton and his wife, Amy, of Clovis, CA; and Peggy Overton Vaughan, of Greenville, NC. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jessica H. Vaughan and Caroline R. Vaughan, of Greenville, NC; Taylor Overton and Emily Overton, of Clovis, CA; and Abby Smith, of Hampton.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, September 27, 2013 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 228 29th Street, in Newport News, with the Rev. Jennifer Day presiding. The family will receive friends following the service.

Memorials may be made to The Children's Home Society, 4200 Fitzhugh Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230, or The Virginia Choral Society Endowment Fund, PO Box 1742, Newport News, VA 23601.

Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family. Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave. in Hampton, 23666. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from September 26 to September 28, 2013.
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September 26, 2013

Margaret Lee was a lovely lady. She could always make me laugh. I will miss seeing her at Virginia Choral Society concerts. My prayers are with her family.

~ Mary-William Baines, Suffolk, Virginia

September 26, 2013

I have fond memories of Mrs. Overton and her vibrant smile. She was an avid patron of the Virginia Choral Society and will be truly missed.

~ Martha Askew, Hampton, Virginia

September 26, 2013

So sorry to hear of your mom s loss. You, and your family are in my prayers. Tyler Woodward

~ Tyler Woodward

September 26, 2013

Peggy - know that Jim and I will be lifting you, Jessica, Caroline and all your family in our prayers.

~ Jim and Zennie Bryant, Greenville, North Carolina

September 26, 2013

Margaret Lee was a sweetheart. She was never at a loss for stories about the "goings on" in the history of the peninsula while traveling to and from VCS board meetings.

~ Lou DeGrace, Newport News, Virginia

September 26, 2013

I will remember how lucky I have been to have Margaret Lee's friendship for the rest of my life. What a remarkable and caring woman she was! Her enduring support for the Virginia Choral Society was a rock to build upon. And her welcoming smile will be treasured for years to come. My love and best wishes to her children and grandchildren...specially to Peggy, Jessica, and Caroline, who have my love.

~ James Powers, Wilson, North Carolina


September 26, 2013

I worked with Ms. Overton on many occasions as we both served on the Virginia Choral Society Board of Directors and committees. She was witty and a joy to know. We will miss her smile and presence at our concerts. Our prayers are with her family.

~ Unsigned

September 26, 2013
I will miss her smiling face and quick responses.
~ Marna Brumback, Newport News, Virginia

September 26, 2013

Peggy, my thoughts and prayers are with you; I'm sorry to hear about your mom.

~ Kelly McLean, Greenville, North Carolina

September 26, 2013

We will all miss this genuine Southern woman. Love and prayers to the whole family. Her kind is certainly a diminishing breed. Hard work, and a soft heart.

~ Susan Powers, Wilson, North Carolina

September 26, 2013

What a loss. Ms. Overton was a source of inspiration, laughter and light in all who knew her. We will miss this dear, dear friend.

~ Nancy Hill, Yorktown, Virginia

September 26, 2013

Nancy - I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. I know you and your family will greatly miss her, but I know that she always knew how much she was loved. Take care and know that you and your family are in my prayers.
~ Harriett Kelly

September 26, 2013

Peggy, I am sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I know that you will always cherish her and miss her. Our love and condolences are with you as well as our prayers.

~ Karen Vaughan Palmer, Hampton, Virginia

September 26, 2013

A lovely lady I will miss so much. Love, Sugar Spratley

~ Sugar Spratley

September 26, 2013

Peggy, Jessica, and Caroline,
Our love and prayers are with you in this difficult time. I pray that soon your grief will be replaced with many fun and loving memories of your sweet mother/grandmother.

~ Marguerite and Jim Stephens, Greenville, North Carolina

September 26, 2013

It was an honor to call Margaret Lee my mother in law. Twenty one years ago she taught me how to be a graceful young woman. She was a blessing to me and while she may be gone she will never be forgotten.

~ Amy Overton, Clovis, California

September 26, 2013

I have very fond memories of Mrs. Overton. Her zest for life and quick wit always brought a big smile to my face

~ Thomas Gallo, Valrico, Florida

September 27, 2013

I knew Mrs. Overton while I was church secretary in the 1980's. What a wonderful and caring person she was. I was sorry to hear of her passing. 

~ Susan Berrane

September 28, 2013

Nancy, I was so sorry to read of your mother's passing. I remember both of your parents. They both contributed so much to the community, but I remember meeting them as your mom and dad. My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow. May the Lord comfort, strengthen, and give peace to you and your family as only He can.

~ Beth Brooks Suiter, Yorktown, Virginia

September 28, 2013

From her first cousin - I am sorry to hear this. I was "grandchild-sitting" so couldn't come down for the service. My best to all of you.

~ Emily Payne Halley York, Blacksburg, Virginia

September 29, 2013

Your mom was a lovely lady, Peggy. I know you'll miss her and she will be missed by many people. Blessings to you.

~ Pam and Calvin Geiss, Chesapeake, Virginia

September 30, 2013

Nancy and family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She was such a kind person. Nancy, I will never forget the good times we shared at your parent's home in our younger years. Keep her memory close to your heart and she will always be with you!!

~ Linda Monroe Wiggins, Surry, Virginia

October 02, 2013



   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Mrs. Overton's family, friends, and classmates.

      From Bobby Hatten (NNHS / Ferguson HS - '65) of VA - 09/26/13, 12:19 PM - "RE: With Sincere Condolences":


Thank you very much for those kind words. You are an amazing force of nature to have performed such yeoman faithful service to all of your friends and their families for so long and I know that my thank you is echoed by hundreds of others, classmates you knew, those you never met, their families and friends who have received your attention and kind remembrances and shared them on your NNHS website. Margaret Lee was always a loving aunt to me, my sister Mary Beth and brother Jay - our families shared dinner every Sunday after church at my grandmother's dining room table throughout the 1950's and early 1960's and she was there for every important part of my life. My memories of her will always put a smile on my face. Thank you for taking your time to write -

God Bless you, Carol


   Sunday dinners at our grandmother's homes - such beautiful, precious memories for those blessed enough to have had them!  Thank you so much, Bobby!   Again, you have my deepest sympathies. 

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)
Music by
George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 09 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".

 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?

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Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

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