In remembrance: Gary Overton

June 5, 2015 By ekr

The following story is republished from FUN Topics, the publication for FUN. 

FUN Director Gary A Overton passed away on January 9, 2015 and was laid to rest on his 63rd birthday in his home town of Tazewell Tennessee. He will be deeply missed by all his friends, associates and fellow FUN board members. Gary was 62 years old. Gary is survived by his loving wife Mary(photo below), his daughters Katy, Heidi and Sheena, his parents Clarence and Joyce Overton, and his brothers Terry and Bud. Gary was preceded in death by his brother Steve.

A memorial service for Gary was held January 15, 2015 at the Patrick AFB South Chapel Satellite Beach Florida followed by a memorial at American Legion Post 200. The service was attended by a number of FUN board members, his American Legion and numismatic associates and friends. Gary was honored by a full military ceremony by the Patrick AFB Honor Guard including a gun salute and taps. Gary was interred at the Fairview Cemetery in his home town of Tazewell Tennessee.

Gary collapsed at the hotel in the evening after leaving the FUN Show for the day. Gary’s dedication to FUN was second only to his devotion to his family.

Gary was known for his quiet but knowledgeable manner on numerous subjects. His fellow board members from his church, Legion and numismatic organizations all said that when Gary made comments they listened as Gary was usually correct.

Gary was first elected to the FUN board in 1996 and served in many different capacities including photo ID. He became a full-time coin dealer (owner of The Coin Shop in Satellite Beach, Florida) when he retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1992, eventually also becoming a coin supply dealer (owner of Space Coast Coin Supply in Satellite Beach).  Eventually Gary’s daughter Katy became actively involved in both coin shops. 

Gary became a collector while stationed in Maryland. He collected Gulf Oil memorabilia and firearms but would deal in any collectable including U.S. and world coins, currency, paper wills, badges, guns, knives, deeds and other items. Gary had a wonderful reputation for loving to make deals and for being a fair and honest dealer. He was a supply dealer at FUN Shows for many years. Gary was always known for his reasonable prices, accurate order fulfillment and especially his extremely fast shipments. 

In addition to membership in FUN, Gary was a member of the American Numismatic Association, Blue Ridge Numismatic Association (past president and life member), Tennessee State Numismatic Society (life member), Central Florida Coin Club, South Brevard Coin Club, Titusville Coin Club, South Carolina Numismatic Association, and Georgia Numismatic Association (life member).  

Gary retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Master Sergeant having served overseas in Germany and in the U.S. He met Mary in 1975 while both served in the USAF at a base in Kansas. 

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