Douglas Philden “Phil” Overcast, age 62, of Murfreesboro, passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at Alive Hospice Residence.
Mr. Overcast was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Lytle Overcast and Ruby Nell Moore Overcast; son, James Douglas Overcast; and a brother Randall G. Overcast.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Overcast; daughter, Lisa (Roger) Sargent; grandchildren Matt, Abby and Shelby Sargent, all of Murfreesboro; and his brother Richard “Dickie” Overcast, of Shelbyville.
He was a native of Bedford County, Tenn. He graduated from Central High School in 1969 and married Brenda Winn in June 1969. Phil and Brenda were married for 43 years.
Mr. Overcast was sworn into the U.S. Air Force in 1970 and served more than 22 years in the military. Initially, he trained to be a heavy equipment operator with his first duty assignment at Eglin Air Force Base attached to the Red Horse Command. From Eglin, Mr. Overcast and his family traveled to Alaska where he was assigned to civil engineering.
After Alaska, he was accepted into the Air Force Recruiting Service and was stationed in Fayetteville, N.C. His success lead him to be named the top Rookie Recruiter in the nation in 1977.
After three years in Fayetteville recruiting, the Overcast family moved to a group recruiting headquarters in Sumter, S.C. In Sumter, Phil completed his bachelor's degree in human resources and was accepted into the USAF Officer Training Program. He graduated from Officer Training School in 1981 and was then stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, where he served as a logistics officer for the Air Defense Command.
His military love was recruiting, however, and he once again applied for recruiting duty as an officer. Phil then served as the advertising and publicity officer for the recruiting squadron based out of Salem, Va. Following this assignment, he came home to Tennessee and was the operations officer at the recruiting squadron in Nashville.
Mr. Overcast loved God, his family, and his country. He will be sorely missed and grieved by all who knew him.
Visitation with the family will be Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Murfreesboro Funeral Home.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Murfreesboro Funeral Home with Rev. Bobby McGee officiating. Burial will follow in Willow Mount Cemetery in Shelbyville, Tenn., with military honors.
Those wishing may send condolences online at www.murfreesborofuneralhome.com.
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