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Overholt, Thomas (1928-1966)

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Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1966 Sep 22 p. 3

Birth date: 1928

text of obituary:

Pilot of Crop Duster Plane Fatally Hurt

Washington, North Carolina. — The crash of a small crop duster plane in a bean field near Auroa [sic Aurora], N. C. claimed the life of Thomas Overholt, the pilot, a resident of Virginia Beach, Va. before moving here two years ago.

Overholt, 38, was removed from the plane and taken to Beaufort County Hospital here, where he died at 8:30 p.m. The crash occurred on Sept. 13. The cause of the tragedy was not immediately determined.

Overholt was employed in crop dusting work by Stancil Flying Service here. A native of Hartville, Ohio, he leaves his parents of Virginia Beach, three sisters and two brothers. He was a member of the Hope Mennonite Church, Pantego, N. C.

Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1966 Sep 29 p. 5

text of obituary:

Returns From Australia Due to Son's Daeth [sic]

Virginia Beach, Va. — Wm. J. Overholt of this community was called home from an investigation trip to various countries in Australasia due to the accidental death of his son, Thomas Overholt, 38, who was killed in the crash of a crop duster plane near Aurora, N. C. on Sept. 13.

The father and Simon B. Sommers of Hartville, Ohio had left on a trip to New Zealand, Australia and New Guinea to investigate mission and colonization possibilities. Word of the tragedy reached them when they arrived in Melbourne, Australia, and they immediately arranged to return to the U. S. by air.

Mr. Overholt arrived here Sept. 17, and the funeral was conducted on Sunday at the Kempsville A. M. Church.

Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1966 Oct 6 p. 9

text of obituary:

Second Accidental Death In Virginia Family Within three Months

Virginia Beach, Va. — The death of Thomas Overholt, 38, in the crash of a crop duster plane near Aurora, N. C. on Sept. 13 was the second accidental death in the Overholt family within three months.

William Overholt, Jr., 31, of Virginia Beach died June 25 of injuries received when thrown from an extension ladder on an electrical truck.

Both were the sons of Will and Millie (Jones) Overholt of this community and neither had ever married.

The largely attended funeral of Thomas was conducted at the Kempsville Amish Mennonite Church here Sunday, Sept. 18, by Criss Mast, Sol Beiler and Marion Miller. Dinner was served to more than 350 people. The father, who had gone on an investigation trip to Australia, returned home in time for the funeral.

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