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Paul "Ronnie" Overby June 10, 1950 - December 3, 2022

Born: Saturday Jun 10, 1950

Died: Saturday Dec 3, 2022

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Paul “Ronnie” Overby, 72, passed away December 3rd at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, NC.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 1:00PM in the Smyrna Presbyterian Church in Reidsville, NC.  A visitation will be held at Fair Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 6th from 4-6pm.

Ronnie was born June 10, 1950 in Leaksville, NC, to the late Wilford "Wick" Jordan Overby and Pauline Setliff Overby. He was an Elder at the Smyrna Presbyterian Church. Ronnie loved being a member of the NC 26th Civil War Reenactors. He was a fireman for a total of thirty-two years, twelve of those years he was the Fire Chief for the City of Eden. He was president of Draper Wise Men’s Club and a member of the Eden Lions Club. He loved being a DJ and was known as the “Fireman”.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Mea Alderman Overby; daughter, Paula Overby; sisters, Anita Newberry (Roy), Pam Elrod (Terry) and Phyllis McElrath (Danny); brother, Booker Overby (Jean); grandchildren, Taylor Harvell (Nick), Mikaela Cabral (Ryan); great-grandchildren, Brantley, Kinsley, Katara; his four-legged children, Scarlett, Maggie, Rebel, CoCo, Bella, Sam, Daisy, Sophia, Lillie and Journey; numerous nieces and nephews that loved him dearly, especially Jason Leone.

Ronnie was preceded in death by his daughter Melissa Dawn Overby and his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Smyrna Presbyterian Church / c/o Ann Dixon 291 Crowder Road, Madison, NC, 27025 or Friends of Eden Animal Shelter, 426 Palmer Ct, Eden, NC  27288.

Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.fairfuneralhome.com.
the world lost a very special person today . So sorry for your loss prayers going up for all of his family. Ronnie never failed to check on my mom and Dad while they were alive which I was greatful to David Overby loved Ronnie so much now they are are together forever. 
Lisa Hutson
My sincere regrets upon hearing of the passing of Ronnie.   I pray that he is in heaven and giving warm stories around the campfire with General Stepp.
Maria Weyraugh
Mea, we are so sorry to hear about the passing of Ronnie. He was one of a kind and always willing to help others. He will be greatly missed.  If you need anything, please do not hesitate to call or text. Love, hugs and prayers. Wesley and Rebecca 
Wesley & Rebecca Priddy
We are so sorry for your loss. There are no words to say that will make this any easier. Just know , you are in our prayers and we are always here for whatever you need.Hugs to you. 
Elaine Sullivan
The World may have lost a very Special Person, but Heaven gained that very Special Person. Ronnie Overby, a Good One.

Mea, I will be praying for you, your family, and all four-legged doggies. Your Soulmate will be watching from above, he will hear your cries when you miss him, he will see your smiles when you look at the pictures of both of you, he will feel your touch when you reach to the sky just to talk to him. He loves you so very much. He's in your heart and he feels you.
Prayers for you Ma. I love you & Ronnie.

With Our Love, Thoughts & Prayers,

Cheyenne, Alex, & Emily Muni
Cheyenne Muni
Ronnie was not only my rock to help me in the 26th NC Regiment, he was a dear and devoted friend. His smile could light up any room and you could just see the joy in his eyes when he talked about Mea, his family, his fur babies, and especially when he talked about the Lord. He was a great example of an honorable, strong, and faithful man. I will miss him terribly but I will do my best to emulate his example each day I have left on this earth. He fought the good fight, he has finished the course, and he kept the faith. We wish you God's speed as you enter in God's kingdom as a good and faithful servant.
Chris Roberts
Mea- We are so very sorry for your loss. Sending love, hugs and prayers for comfort.

With Deepest sympathies 
Paul and Julie ONeal
Julie ONeal
Mea, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We will be sending prayers for you and your family. Todd and Debra Caulder.
Todd Caulder
So sorry for your loss.  Thoughts and prayers to the family.
Jennifer Shough
I'm very sorry for your loss of your father, grandfather and husband. Praying for your family and for peace and comfort.
Rachel Goff
My deepest sympathy to you all. Ronnie was my cousin and I have a lot of memories about him. I know he is in Heaven with my Dad and they are rejoycing and talking about playing ball and fire fighting. My prayers to all during this sad time. To be absent here is to be present with the Lord. 
Stan Overby
MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY I MET RONNIE YEARS AGO WHEN I WENT SCHOOL WITH DAWN AND PAULA HE WAS ALWAYS NICE TO EVERYBODY GOD JUST GOT ANOTHER ANGEL FROM DRAPER
Fred East
Ronnie always preached Sunday services at re-enactments. We looked forward to his messsges. He was an original, and a great friend to have.
Clint Johnson
Our sincerest condolences for the Overby family. A Bible verse for all. Matthew 5:4 says, " Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted". May the LORD bless y'all in this time of grief and sadness.  David & Kelly Moore.
David Moore
So sorry for Ronnie's Family and loved ones to see if he has passed away BUT so Happy for Ronnie to Know he is Looking Into The Eyes of Jesus Christ Our Savior All The Overby and my Family have always been great Friends and Proud to be Draper Folks use to enjoy great times growing up at The Draper Y and taking it to the Leaksville Boys Club and Spray Y Ronnie was a good athlete with a Great Attitude and I'm Blessed to have know Ronnie God Bless You My Brother in Christ from all the Ellis' Boy's  and Jeanne 
Mark Ellis
May he rest easy I remember when he used to come to the school and taught fire safety great man
Alice Carter
My name is John Hutton and I loved Ronnie.  In times past we would attend many CW Reenactments.  We had great times together. One of my favorite pictures on my wall is a photo of him and me at a Gettysburg event years ago.    Living down on Oak Island we lost track of each other over time.  We would talk about his being a DJ as I was President of our local Shag Club.  I am sorry to hear of his pasing as he was a true gentleman and the the world is a lesser place without him.  
John Hutton
Prayers uplifted for Mea and family.
Lori Hoover
Mea, I am praying that the Lord will wrap you and your family in His arms at this time and hold you tight, as I believe He will!
Karen Austin Hicks
We met Ronnie thru the 26th NC reenactment group. What great great memories! He was always so thoughtful to ask how our girls were doing. We shared a love for dachshunds and enjoyed many conversations about his fur babies. Ronnie will be remembered for his kindness and concern for others. We will continue to keep his wife and family in our prayers. He will be greatly missed.
Chris & Susan Simpson
I am so very sorry to hear of Ronnie's passing. I met Ronnie when my late husband was the City Manager of Eden. Very fond memories of Ronnieand he kindness. Prayers to the Overby family. 
Pat Routh
Dear Overby family.....So very sorry for your loss!!! Praying for y'all at this sad time!!! God Bless all of Ronnie's loved ones!!! My deepest condolences!!!
Micki Neal
Dear Family,

I was very sorry to hear of Ronnie's passing. I first met Ronnie nearly 30 years ago when he used to participate in our SCV memorial services here in Stokes County and we became friends almost immediately. I later had the honor of serving with him as a reenactor with the 26th North Carolina Troops reenactment unit and always appreciated his leadership. I remember especially his sermons on Sunday mornings especially at the 145th Gettysburg in 2008. He was well thought of by all that knew him and especially among those of us that served with him. If I can be of assistance in any way, please don't hesitate to let me know. God speed old friend!

Mark W. Young
Walnut Cove, N.C.
Mark W. Young
Really sorry to hear aout Ronnie.  Remembering al those great times we had playing softball for Merriman St. Weselyan.  Praying for the family
Joe & Debbie Overby
Mea, we are so sorry about Ronnie, but thankful he's not in pain.  He was such a great guy and always had a great smile and laugh.  I remember our class reunion meetings and he was always carrying on with excitement in his voice of seeing classmates again.  He was a dedicated fireman and fought many a fire, I'm sure.  He was also a great DJ and enjoyed playing music and seeing people enjoy themselves.  I know you and your 4 legged babies will miss him so much, but will see him again.  Please take care and also accept our love and deepest sympathy.
Susan & Louis Childrey
I had the pleasure of knowing Ronnie during my time with the 26th. Wonderful man.  May he rest in the Lord 
Will Vanderburg
Mea, I am so very sorry for your loss.  Praying for you and your family at this difficult time.
Lynn Miller
Sending thoughts and prayers.
Misty Smith Cox
A good man, decidated to our Lord Jesus Christ!   Now with Jesus and no more suffering!!   My deepest condelences to all the family and especially Mea!!  Love Barbara
BARBARA H Wagoner
It grieves me to know that you, Mea, have lost the "love of your life" and I didn't even know it. You know that you have been in my prayers and will continue to be.  One of the most difficult things about moving away from Eden, was losing continued contact with those I left behind.  I know that mere words cannot bring comfort, but you know where Ronnie is and with whom.  God will bring the healing and the comfort as you seek Him.  He loves you and is in control of all that is in our world, even when it feels like we have been abandoned.  I love you and will do whatever I can to make you able to move on and experience the joys that God wants to bring into you llife even in such a time as this.  Let me kow of anything that I can do to help you.
I love you and will continue to pray for you.
Ethel Fincher

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