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Ray Lewis Overstreet, Casey Co., KY (1930-2012)

Casey County has lost one its most distinguished citizens, the last of surviving member of a family of 10 children born to Hattie Lee Overstreet and Dudley Overstreet. He was a lifetime resident of the county except for four years in the Air Force. He was elected jailer of Casey County in 1965, sheriff in 1969, and circuit court clerk in 1975, 1981, and 1987.
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Ray Lewis Overstreet, age 81, passed away at the Casey County Hospital in Liberty, KY, on Thursday, January 19, 2012. He served Casey County for more than 25 years as circuit court clerk, sheriff, and jailer.

Funeral services will be at 2pmET/1pmCT, Sunday, January 22, 2012, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home, 752 Campbellsville Street, Liberty, KY, with Bro. Homer Hecht and Bro. Casey Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery with military funeral honors by the Casey County Funeral Squad. Visitation will be from 6pm-9pmET/5pm-8pmCT, Saturday, June 21, 2012, at the funeral home with Masonic service at 7pmET/6pmCT.

Ray Lewis Overstreet, Casey Co., KY (1930-2012)

He was born November 4, 1930, in Liberty, KY. He was the remaining survivor of ten children born to Hattie Lee Overstreet and Dudley Clarence Overstreet. He died Thursday, January 19, 2012, in Liberty, Casey County, KY, at the age of 81 years, 2 months, and 8 days.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Nina Russell Overstreet; his sisters, Lela Henson, Mabel Carpenter, Stella Wethington, Mildred Monk, Ida Lee Thomas; his brothers, Fay Dudley and Bobby Joe Overstreet; two brothers who died in infancy, Clarence and Robert Overstreet; and granddaughter, Haley Catherine Overstreet.

He is survived by the following:
  • Four sons, Michael (Judy) Overstreet of Louisville, KY; Jeffrey (Rebecca) Overstreet of Stanford, KY; and Liberty residents Craig (Marvetta) Overstreet and Steven Lee Overstreet

  • Grandchildren: Casey Overstreet, Lacey Edwards, and Allison Overstreet

  • Step-grandchildren: Andrea Ferrell, Luke Wilson, Chris Murphy, and Katlyn and Kelsey Bottom

  • And great-grandchildren: Lexie, Andrew, and Anthony Overstreet.
Ray lived in Casey County his entire life except for four years in the Air Force. He graduated from Liberty High School in 1948. As a youth, he worked at the old Allen Theater and later he delivered ice to homes throughout the county. In 1950, he and his brother Fay enlisted in the US Air Force. Ray served in a military police unit while stationed in England during the Korean War. After his military service, he attended the University of Kentucky.

In addition to his public service, Ray was a farmer and businessman. He owned and operated a service station, a restaurant, a farm gate business, a handle mill, a sawmill and lumber company, and a convenience store. He raised tobacco and cattle on his farm.

He was elected jailer of Casey County in 1965, sheriff in 1969, and circuit court clerk in 1975, 1981, and 1987.

Ray was a member of the Craftsman's Masonic Lodge and a Shriner. He was a Kentucky Colonel and a member of the Casey County Alumni Hall of Fame. He was a fan of the UK Wildcats and especially enjoyed watching basketball. He attended several NCAA basketball championship games. He also enjoyed boxing, old cars, and World War II history.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerk's Trust for Life at 982 Eastern Parkway Box 13, Louisville, KY 40217 or to the First Christian Church of Liberty. You may place your name on the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry at

Arrangements entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home, 752 Campbellsville Street, Liberty, KY. and guestbook available at

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Ray Lewis Overstreet, Casey Co., KY (1930-2012)

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