We are so sorry to inform you of the passing of Thomas G. Overton late Thursday after a long battle with cancer. Tom has been a member of PRSA Houston since April 1, 1990 and once chaired the Excalibur Awards. He has been the director of public affairs at the University of St. Thomas following many years with the former Panhandle Eastern system. He is survived by his wife, Judy, and two sons who are students at Lamar University and University of St. Thomas.
The family will receive visitors from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland, Texas. They also will have a
visitation from 4-9 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home with a rosary at 7 p.m. If anyone could be interested in saying a few words about Tom, please contact Judy at 281-659-1373 to be included, and she will share this with the deacon in charge. There will be a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Monday, April 23, at St. Mary''s Catholic Church, 702 E. Houston St. in Cleveland. A Memorial Service also will be offered at 2 p.m. Friday, April 27, in the Chapel of St. Basil, 3802 Yoakum, on the campus of University of St. Thomas.
The University of St. Thomas has set up a special gift fund to help the family during this time. Any one who wants to contribute should send the check to Sue Bradford, Institutional Advancement, University of St. Thomas, 3800 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX 77006. Make the check out to Judy Overton. If you prefer to mail it directly to the family, please contact Paula Ruth for the address.
At this point, we have no directions about any other memorial designations.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and to Tom''s many friends at St. Thomas, in PRSA Houston and in the community. He was not only a terrific writer, but a friend to many. He will be missed.
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