Overfield, James "Jim" William

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January 23, 1927 - April 30, 2019

Overfield, James "Jim" William

Jim Overfield passed away peacefully on April 30, 2019 in Ft. Worth, TX.  He leaves behind his wife of 40 years, Phyllis Premo Overfield.  Jim is survived by daughters; LuAnne Overfield Gamble (husband Tom) of Tulsa, OK and Christine Overfield Stutler (husband Jim) of Morrison, CO and  son Robert Overfield (wife Dossie) of Cody, WY; and stepchildren, Michael (wife Shelly) Premo of Aledo, TX , Ricky Premo of VT, and Lynn Premo of FL.   Jim is also survived by five grandchildren, three great grandchildren, his brother Ralph Overfield and several nieces and nephews and their families.

He was born on January 23, 1927 in Hyde Park, NY to James Overfield and Minnie Overfield.  He grew up in Hyde Park, and graduated from Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School in 1944 before serving in the US Navy as a radar operator aboard the USS Polana during WWII from 1944-1946.  Upon honorable discharge, he graduated from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics.  He met Peggy O’Hare while attending college and they were married in 1948.  Employment after college took him to Syracuse, NY and later Malone, NY where he worked for the Franklin County Extension Service as Assistant Agricultural Agent.

In 1953 he joined the faculty of Fort Covington High School, Ft. Covington, NY as teacher of Agriculture.  He received a Master’s of Education degree in 1957 from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY.  After work as teacher, Guidance Counselor, Director of Guidance/Adult Education/Headstart, Director of Pupil Personnel Services, and Director of Business, Jim continued his employment career at the recentralized Salmon River High School in Ft. Covington.  He later married Phyllis Premo and he was named Administrative Assistant to the Board of Education at Crown Point Central School, Crown Point, NY.  They first retired to Colorado in 1982 where Jim earned his Real Estate license and also became a Real Estate Appraiser.  In 1990, they moved further west to Mead, WA where they split time between there and Northport, WA, the site of his beloved “Grandpa Jim’s Camp”. In 2005, Jim and Phyllis moved to Lynn Haven, FL.

Jim was passionate about his love of family, horses, skiing, crossword puzzles, cards and playing games with family and friends.  He will be remembered as a devoted husband and father, a practical joker and for his sense of humor and ability to smile. Jim cherished time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Jim enjoyed his work and activities with Masonic Lodge, American Legion, Kiwanis, and Elks.  Per Jim’s wishes, a Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later time.   In lieu of flowers, it is requested donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Marie & Buster Mitchell

September 24, 2019 7:10PM

We knew Jim as students at SRC, but our dearest memories began much later in our early married years at at Titus Mtn in Malone...we were part of the Ski Patrol Family who loved winter in the North Country...one of the finest friends we were privileged to know. My condolences to family.


Dale Jacobs Bintz

September 24, 2019 12:11PM

One of the fond memories I have of Jim Overfield is our class to NewYork City, Jim drove us on a school bus, with the help of Glen Bissell, delivered us safely to our destination safe and sound! Fun time had by all! My sincere sympathy to Jim’s Family!


Martha Rust

September 13, 2019 1:02PM

Prayers for all his Family,He was my guidance counselor,I graduated from Salmon River Central in 1960!


Brian Buchanan

May 18, 2019 9:00AM

I was saddened to hear of Jim's passing. It was always a pleasure to hear from Jim over the years to see what he had been up to. My thoughts are prayers are with the family.


Patricia A Athanas

May 11, 2019 11:23AM

So sorry for your loss, Jim was my second cousin but I remember when he was younger and living in Hyde Park. With My Sympathy


Betsey Buchanan

May 09, 2019 8:22AM

My deepest sympathy to Jim's family. Jim was a very good friend to Jack and me. We always enjoyed seeing him when he came back to Westville to visit. I have many wonderful memories of the years we spent working together at SRCS.


Laurie Holbert Smiddy

May 08, 2019 11:52PM

My sincere sympathy to Rob, Chris, LuAnne, and Phyllis. Our friendship covered many years. I remember the good times babysitting in your home. Your Dad got me through algebra in high school and was a great help in getting me into college. Many wonderful memories! God bless you all. Laurie


Marilyn Furnia

May 08, 2019 4:40PM

My sincere sympathy to Phyllis, Rob, Chris and LuAnne on the passing of a good and kind man. I have many fond memories of time spent together in both Westville and Florida.


Larry /Elaine Clary

May 08, 2019 4:03PM

Our sympathies to Mr. Overfields family at this sad time,. Former students Larry / Elaine (Moore) Clary


Fay and Brenda Barney

May 08, 2019 2:34PM

So sorry to hear of your dad passing. He was the person who got me(Fay) into college. We were poor and he talked my dad into letting me take out a loan.
He was great guy and a good friend.


Barbara & Ted Zangwill

May 08, 2019 12:18PM

Jim was a gracious gentleman. He was a warm and caring person.
We need more people like Jim in this world.


Steve Holzem

May 07, 2019 2:52PM

I first met Jim back in the early 80's, actually through my wife as she and Jim were then working in the same real estate office in Colorado. I had my own Real Estate Appraisal company at that time and was looking to bring someone else into my business to train and assist me. So Carol (my wife) tells me that I really should take a look at Jim as she thought he would be a very good fit; so I did and I never looked back because as time went by I found Jim Overfield to be my go to guy, the one you could always depend on when the chips were down. Jim was honest and trustworthy as anyone you would ever know and as a big bonus we became good friends, not always seeing one another often as the years slipped by but we always kept in touch. Will have to say that Jim was really the finest and most honorable man I have ever been blessed to know and he will be greatly missed by all. RIP Jimbo!
With our deepest condolences,
Steve & Carol Holzem


Jim & Lynn Butts

May 07, 2019 12:01PM

We are so sorry for the loss of your dad, our Uncle Jim. He lived a long, happy and always busy life. Very little kept him down. Sending our heart felt thought and hugs to all of the family.
Lynn and Jimmy


Stan & Diana Kardasz

May 06, 2019 3:28PM

We were very sorry to learn of Jim's passing. We were neighbors, "wine tasting" & dinner friends in Lynn Haven, Fl. He was a fine man & we were blessed to call him friend. RIP Jim