Sam Overstreet, Jr., former Franklin assistant parks director


Mr. Sam Overstreet, Jr., was born on January 1, 1937, in Nashville, Tennessee, the first baby born in Nashville that year. The son of Anita and Sam Overstreet, Sr., the first years of his life were spent living in Nashville. Mr. Sam Overstreet, Jr., was born on January 1, 1937, in Nashville, Tennessee, the first baby born in Nashville that year. The son of Anita and Sam Overstreet, Sr., the first years of his life were spent living in Nashville.

At the tender age of 15 he met and married his “love at first sight” blind date. They married on April 12, 1953, in Corinth, Mississippi, and moved to Franklin, Tennessee where they lived until his death. On February 4, 1955, their daughter Sherry was born.

Sam started work as a truck driver for Farmers Construction Company in May of 1953, and stayed with them until the 1980s when the company ceased operation. During that time he was a dragline operator, heavy equipment operator and mechanic. After that, he worked for B.H. Williams Construction until 1987, when that company ceased operation. On October 6, 1987, Sam started working for the City of Franklin in the Parks Department. Starting when there was one park and three employees, he eventually moved through the ranks to be the Assistant Parks Director, before he retired in 2011.

Preceded in death by parents, Sampson Lee & Anita Kirkpatrick Overstreet. Survived by wife, Helon Overstreet; daughter, Sherry (Billy) Lovett; grandchildren, Jeff (Rachel) Lovett; great grandchild, Sam Lovett.
Celebration of Life service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, August 11, at Heritage Church of Christ with visitation one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of Franklin Parks, PO Box 383 Franklin 37065. Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, (615)-794-2289. www.williamsonmemorial.com

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Kelly Gilfillan is the owner-publisher of Home Page Media Group which has been publishing hyperlocal news since 2009.

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