In Jan. 15 IssueNews-Register
Raymond Overstreet, attorney and former state legislator who represented Russell, Casey and Adair counties in Frankfort for 22 years, died Sunday at the Casey County Hospital. He was 68 years of age.
Overstreet was known as a legislator who was willing to listen to his people and one that would deliver what he promised. He was a leader that held the respect of so many.
He was called the "voice of reason" and was recognized as a legislator that read every bill before it was voted on. Many others would always call Raymond to get his opinion as bills came to a vote.
A native of Casey County, Overstreet began serving his first legislative session in 1972 at the age of 28, just after receiving his doctorate of law from the University of Kentucky law school.
Raymond liked to tell that he was likely one of the few Kentuckians who never finished high school and has a law degree from the University of Kentucky.
He dropped out of school to join the Marines, and then got his GED and went to Berea College.
He was a great promoter of Russell County and Lake Cumberland.
Raymond D. Overstreet of Liberty died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011 at Casey County Hospital.
Born in Casey County on Dec. 3, 1942, he was the son of the late Roy Lee and Clyda Hatfield Overstreet.
He was an attorney for 39 years and State Representative for 22 years. He was a member of Liberty First Baptist Church, the Craftsman Masonic Lodge #722, and the Kentucky Bar Association. He was also a Kentucky Colonel and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, and served on the Board of Directors of Monticello Bank.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ashby Overstreet of Liberty; a daughter, Shawnna (and Robert) Wilkins of Liberty; a grandson, Austin Robert Wilkins; a brother, Russell Overstreet of Liberty; and four sisters, Geneva Hagy of Ohio, Ethel Johnson of Lincoln County, and Ruth Anderson and Lecta Tucker of Mississippi.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edgar Overstreet; and two sisters, Nellie Emerson and Montie Tarter.
Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. at Liberty First Baptist Church by Bro. Jimmy Brown. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington, Ky.