Catherine Motley Sours Overbey

Catherine M. Overbey.

Catherine Motley Sours Overbey
(1909–2012)


Nellie Catherine Motley Sours Overbey died Sunday, October 28, 2012, in the 104th year of her life, at her Main Street home in Chatham where loyal companions sustained her since 2008. The widow in 1943 of John Frank Sours and in 1983 of Archer Haskins Overbey, she was a lifelong resident of Pittsylvania County who spent her adult life in the Town of Chatham. Born September 1, 1909, she was the tenth and last surviving child of Josiah Coleman Motley and Nellie Catherine Bennett Motley of the Sonans community.

Survivors are daughter, Mary Catherine Sours Plaster of Chatham; granddaughter, Susan Catherine Plaster Aylor of Newark, Delaware, and husband, Joseph Garnett Aylor, Jr.; grandson, Robert Spencer Plaster, Jr. of Richmond, Virginia, and wife Kerri Ann Campitelli; also five great granddaughters Amy Catherine Keller Webber, Elizabeth Ann Keller, Ann Elise Plaster, Sally Katherine Plaster, and Clara Spencer Plaster.

A graduate of Gretna High School and Lynchburg College, she taught at Callands and Renan Schools prior to marriage. After her first husband's death she continued ownership of Sours Grocery on Main Street in Chatham until it sold and later was employed as a case worker in Pittsylvania County by the Virginia Department of Social Services. She assisted her second husband's real estate business as bookkeeper at auctions until his retirement.

Noted for leadership achievements in varied civic and historical organizations, she was Board Member Emeritus and an organizing member in 1973 of the Pittsylvania Historical Society, which she served as treasurer until 1990. She unveiled the USA Bicentennial plaque on the Pittsylvania Courthouse, a 1989 recognition which honored her accomplishments that shared history and upheld heritages.

Her memberships in genealogical organizations included Rawley Martin Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy which she served as Chapter President and Third Vice President when she organized Cody Bachman Chapter, Children of the Confederacy in 1961 and remained its only Director for thirty-five years. Fond remembrances are recalled from her tutorage of parliamentary law to two generations of its youth membership from many local families. At the time of her death she was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Virginia Division, having been elected to serve in several state offices and as Division President of the UDC in Virginia 1965-1967 during which time she organized William Henry Ramsey, UDC Chapter in Gretna.

She served 1967–70 as Regent of William Pitt Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and 1971–73 as President of the Virginia Society, Dames of the Court of Honor. At the time of her death she was the oldest living member of Virginia Chapter XXIII, Colonial Dames of America.

Presiding 1974–75 & 1977–79 as President of Maud Clement Garden Club, she remained an honorary member. Until it disbanded in 2003, she was a Board member of Chatham Christian Church which her Grandfather William Motley established in 1847.

Grateful recollections of her devotion to high standards and responsible actions as well as demonstrated abilities are shared by friends and family, especially caring nieces and nephews, along with memories of her natural beauty.

Graveside rights will be Thursday, November 1, 2012, in Chatham Burial Park at 2:00 p.m., conducted by The Rev. Carson Dalton and The Rev. James West Mathieson. Friends are invited to join the family at the Parish Hall of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Chatham following the ceremony. Memorials are requested to be the selection of the donor. Scott Funeral Home is serving the family.


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