Ina Ruth C. Overman

Published 4:51 pm Tuesday, August 11, 2020

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MOREHEAD CITY – Ina Ruth Cox Overman, age 89, formerly of Ahoskie, passed away on August 8, 2020 at Crystal Bluffs Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Morehead City, NC.

Ruth was born in Wayne County on June 18, 1931 to Walter B. and Phoebe G. Cox. She graduated from Brogden High School and Rex Hospital School of Nursing. She was quoted as a Senior in her Rex yearbook that she “has a big heart, always wishing to do right and be friends with everyone.” She was a registered nurse working in several hospitals and doctors’ offices. Upon her retirement she was a long-time volunteer for the Roanoke Chowan Hospital Auxiliary. She was a Life member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Ahoskie Chapter 291. She loved her church family and church, First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, where she was a member for many years.

Besides her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband William G. “Bill” Overman and sisters, Katherine McClenny, Edna Price and Hilda Kornegay.

Surviving are her children, Glenn Overman and wife Susan of Winterville, Russell Overman and wife Lynn of Morehead City and Mark Overman and wife Joey of Chesapeake, VA; her daughter-in-law, Vicky Overman of Ahoskie; her grandchildren, Glenn Overman Jr. of Durham, Heather Deanes and husband Rick of Winterville, Betsy Lane of Morehead City, West Overman and wife Meagan of Washington, NC, Nick Overman of Norfolk, VA and Sarah Overman of Chesapeake, VA; her great grandchildren, Madison Deanes, Emma Lane, Tyler Deanes, Jackson Lane, Deaglan Overman and Turner Overman; her sister, Martha Phipps and brother, Bobby Cox both of Goldsboro; step grandchildren, Nick Kyriacou and wife Stephanie, Alex Kyriacou, and Jonathon Kyriacou all of New Fairfield, CT, Brittany Vermillion of Fredericksburg, VA and Delaney Little of Norfolk, VA; step great grandson, Mayson Kyriacou; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie will be open for friends and family to view Mrs. Overman, pay their last respects and sign the guest register from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

Due to COVID-19, a graveside service for family members only will be held at Highland Memorial Gardens, Ahoskie, NC, with Rev. Dr. Trey Gilliam and Rev. Anita Thompson officiating.  A memorial service to honor Ruth’s life may be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made directly to the Capital Fund, First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, P.O. Box 649, Ahoskie, NC 27910, or you may donate online by visiting; type Ruth Overman.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Overman family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting