LIBERTY — Ray Lewis Overstreet, 81, passed away at the Casey County Hospital on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. He served Casey County for more than 25 years as circuit court clerk, sheriff and jailer.
Born Nov. 4, 1930, in Liberty, Ky., he was the remaining survivor of 10 children born to Hattie Lee Overstreet and Dudley Clarence Overstreet.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Nina Russell Overstreet; his sisters, Lela Henson, Mabel Carpenter, Stella Wethington, Mildred Monk and Ida Lee Thomas; his brothers, Fay Dudley and Bobby Joe Overstreet; two brothers who died in infancy, Clarence and Robert Overstreet; and granddaughter, Haley Catherine Overstreet.
Survivors include four sons, Michael (Judy) Overstreet of Louisville, Jeffrey (Rebecca) Overstreet of Stanford, and Liberty residents Craig (Marvetta) Overstreet and Steven Lee Overstreet; grandchildren, Casey Overstreet, Lacey Edwards and Allison Overstreet; stepgrandchildren, Andrea Ferrell, Luke Wilson, Chris Murphy and Katlyn and Kelsey Bottom; and great-grandchildren, Lexie, Andrew and Anthony Overstreet.
Ray lived in Casey County his entire life except for four years he served in the Air Force. He graduated from Liberty High School in 1948. As a youth, he worked at the old Allen Theater and later he delivered ice to homes throughout the county. In 1950, he and his brother Fay enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Ray served in a military police unit while stationed in England during the Korean War. After his military service, he attended the University of Kentucky.
In addition to his public service, Ray was a farmer and businessman. He owned and operated a service station, a restaurant, a farm gate business, a handle mill, a sawmill and lumber company, and a convenience store. He raised tobacco and cattle on his farm.
He was elected jailer of Casey County in 1965, sheriff in 1969, and circuit court clerk in 1975, 1981 and 1987.
Ray was a member of Craftsman’s Masonic Lodge and a Shriner. He was a Kentucky Colonel and a member of the Casey County Alumni Hall of Fame. He was a fan of the UK Wildcats and especially enjoyed watching basketball. He attended several NCAA basketball championship games. He also enjoyed boxing, old cars and World War II history.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with Bro. Homer Hecht and Bro. Casey Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery with military funeral rites by the Casey County Funeral Squad.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Saturday with a Masonic service at 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerk’s Trust for Life, 982 Eastern Parkway, Box 13, Louisville, KY 40217, or to First Christian Church of Liberty. You may place your name on the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry at www.donatelifeky.org.
Arrangements entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home and guestbook available at www.mckinneybrown.com.