Evelyn Overton Owens


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Posted Online: March 06, 2014, 6:11 pm
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Evelyn R. Miles was born on Aug. 10, 1938, in Monroe, Mo., and transitioned to her heavenly home on March 1, 2014, at the age of 75.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Olivet Baptist Church in Rock Island. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the church. Burial will be at Rock Island National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family.
She was the fourth born, of four children to James and Beulah Miles. Her siblings include Herman (Dorothy) Miles and Clayton (Barbara) Miles and a dear sister, Opal (Alfred) Patterson, who preceded her in death in 2012. Evelyn was reared and educated near Hannibal, Mo.
Evelyn was united in marriage to James R. Overton Sr. in 1957. Out of this union were born four children, Harvey (Esther) Overton, Columbia, Mo., Lois Yvette (Willie C.) Thompson, Omaha, Neb., James (Jimmy) R. Overton Jr., Rock Island, and her youngest son, William Sherman Overton, who preceded her in death in 1995. She also was blessed with eight grandchildren, James Overton III, Omaha, BJ Thompson and Alicia Thompson, Omaha, Justin (Martel) Overton, Rock Island, Eric Hollowell Oklahoma City, Okla., Kelicia Hopkins, Chicago, Niveah Overton, Ohio, and Jada Overton, Rock Island.
Evelyn married Thomas Owens in November 1996, in Rock Island. He preceded her in death in 2003.
Evelyn is loved by many family members and friends including two very special nieces, she nurtured as her very own, Carol Dothard, Peoria, Ill., and Elaine Dothard, Stanford, Conn. Evelyn was affectionately known as "Ev" by her special best friend of more than 58 years, Roxanne Lampkin. A special person of Dorothy Hill was so helpful and caring to Evelyn during the past few years.
Evelyn was a member of the Olivet Baptist Church, Rock Island, where she served as an usher. She also was affiliated with several organizations during the years, as well ADAH Chapter No. 10, Past Illustrious Commandress of Masqat Court No. 167 and the Elks-Elite Temple in Rock Island.
Evelyn was known to meet everyone she came in contact with, with an infectious, genuine smile, with her beautiful hazel eyes lighting the way. Evelyn was a woman who had an exceptional, endearing and very special kind of love for her family and friends.
Evelyn also was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Brandon Overton and Taryn Early; and special nephews, Tony Miles, Baron Dothard and Ivan Dothard.
Online condolences may be made at schrodermortuary.com.












 




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1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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