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James Allen Overby

January 14, 1952 ~ February 16, 2024 (age 72) 72 Years Old

James Overby Obituary

James Allen Overby, age 72, of Evansville, IN, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 16, 2024, at his home.

James was born January 14, 1952, in Evansville, IN, to the late James William and Cecilia (Overfield) Overby. Jim was loved by so many and lived life to the fullest. He was an accomplished drummer and played on the Dick Clark show, Happening ‘69, when he was 17 with The Unpredictables. He later went on and became a sought-after drummer in the Evansville music scene where he played drums for bands such as September Sun, Free Reign, The Pits, and many others. JO also loved his work at Creative Press that later became Tek Pak where he became Plant Manager and then eventually became a successful Senior Account Executive for the company for many years before retiring at the age of 59. Jim loved being the life of the party and loved spending time with his wife going on fun vacations and going to weekly dinners with his friend group. He never met a stranger, and you knew it was going to be a fun time when JO was around. 

James is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Catherine “Cathy” Overby; his children, Corey Overby (Amanda) and Erin Overby; and grandchildren, Tela Williams, Trey Williams, Cecilia Overby, Max Overby and Lillian Overby.

James is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Kenneth “Kenny” Grisham.

A Memorial Service will be held at 6:00 p.m., Friday, February 23, 2024, at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel – A Family Tradition Funeral Home, 5330 Washington Avenue with Larry Davis officiating.

Friends may visit from 12:00 p.m. until service time, Friday, February 23, 2024, at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to: Vanderburgh Humane Society at 400 Millner Industrial Drive, Evansville, IN 47710.

Jim will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him. May his soul rest in peace. 

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February 23, 2024

12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Boone Funeral Home
5330 Washington Avenue
Evansville, IN 47715

Memorial Service
February 23, 2024

6:00 PM
Boone Funeral Home
5330 Washington Avenue
Evansville, IN 47715


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