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Overbey, Bob C., Dr.

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Overbey, Bob C., Dr.
February 22, 2007 06:06PM
History of Kentucky, five volumes, edited by Judge Charles Kerr,
American Historical Society, New York & Chicago, 1922, Vol. V, p. 221-2
Ballard County

BOB C. OVERBEY, M. D. Distinguished as a physician and surgeon,
Dr. Bob C. Overbey occupies a pre-eminent place among the professional
men of Ballard county, where for a number of years he has devoted his
high attainments to accomplishing what has brought him recognitions and
honors of an enviable nature. Doctor Overbey's achievements are based
upon an intimate knowledge of the intricate subjects of human anatomy
and scientific therapeutics. Like many another capable and successful
man, he did not set out in life with the intention of accomplishing
something phenomenal, but at the outset of his career he placed a just
valuation on honor, integrity and determination and with those qualities
as capital has won for himself a well deserved place in the Kentucky
field of medicine and surgery. His practice is in and about La Center,
but during the close of the great war many of the soldiers in camp
received the benefit of his skill and experience for Doctor Overbey
belongs to that noble band of physicians and surgeons who, placing their
personal interests second to their love for their kind, went into the
service of their country to minister to its sick and wounded soldiers
during the time of war.
Doctor Overbey was born in Graves County, Kentucky October 5, 1877,
a son of Frank H. Overbey, and grandson of Peter William Overbey, a
native of Virginia. The Overbeys came originally from England, but from
Colonial times have been established in this country, settlement being
first made by them in Virginia. Peter William Overbey was one of the
pioneers of Graves County, Kentucky, where he practiced medicine and was
engaged in farming. His death occurred in Graves County before the
birth os his grandson, Doctor Overbey. He was married to Elizabeth
Overbey, a distant relative, who was also born in Virginia, and died in
Graves County.
Frank H. Overbey was born in Graves County, Kentucky, in 1850, and
he now lives at Lone Oak, McCracken County, Kentucky. Reared in his
native county, he developed into one of its agriculturalists, and lived
there until 1884, when he moved to Marshall County and for two years was
engaged in operating a saw-mill. Returning to Graves County in 1886, he
resumed his farming, and lived there until 1894, when he went to Murray,
Kentucky, and for some years was profitably engaged in merchandising.
In 1904 he went back to Marshall County and was there engaged in farming
until 1917, when he retired and, selecting Lone Oak, is now living there
and is occupied with civil engineering. In politics he is a democrat. A
man of intensely religious views, he finds in the faith of the Methodist
Episcopal Church the expression of his belief and an outlet for his
desire to raise the standards of morality and Christian living. He
married Mary E. Hargrove, who was bon in Stuart County, Tennessee, in
1853, and they became the parents of the following children: Doctor
Overbey, who was the eldest; Ruby who died at the age of eighteen years;
Guy, who died at the age of seventeen years; Laura, who is living with
her parents; Clyde, who is an educator connected with a school at
Richmond, Virginia; Kelley, a commercial instructor who lives at Bowling
Green, Kentucky; Roscoe, who is an insurance and real-estate business at
Paducah, Kentucky; Harry, who is an automobile tire salesman of Paducah,
Kentucky; and two who died in infancy.
Doctor Overbey first attended the rural schools of Graves County
and then the high school of Murray, Kentucky, from which he was
graduated in 1899. He then entered the Hospital College of Medicine of
Louisville, Kentucky, and was graduated therefrom in 1903, with the
degree of Doctor of Medicine, and later took a post-graduate course at
the Chicago Polyclinic at Chicago, Illinois. In 1903 he began the
practice of his profession at Murray, Kentucky, but a year later moved
to Birmingham, Kentucky, and was there for four years. In November,
1908, he came to La Center, Kentucky, and here he has found congenial
surroundings and has carried on a general medical and surgical
practice. His offices are located on Third Street. He owns a modern
residence on third and Olive streets, one of the fine ones of the place,
which is surrounded with beautifully kept grounds containing stately
shade and valuable fruit trees. In politics Doctor Overbey is a
democrat, and for four years has been health officer of Ballard County.
He is a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in whose
faith he was reared. A Mason, he belongs to La Center Lodge No. 782, A.
F. and A. M., of which he is a past master; Antioch Chapter No. 74, R.
A. M.; Paducah Commandery No. 11, K. T.; and Kosair Temple, A. A. O. N.
M. S., of Louisville, Kentucky. Doctor Overbey is a member of the
Ballard County Medical Society, the Kentucky State Medical Society, the
American Medical Association and the Southwest Kentucky Medical
Association. In November, 1918, he entered the Medical Corps of the
United States Army, with the rank of first lieutenant, and was sent to
Camp Sevier, South Carolina, but the armistice was signed before he was
sent abroad, and he was mustered out and honorably discharged February
26, 1919.
On April 20, 1910, Doctor Overbey was united in marriage at
Hinkleville, Kentucky, to Miss Marie E. Rollings, a daughter of Dr. J.
D. and Mattie L. (Skinner) Rollings. Doctor Rollings, a sketch of whom
appears elsewhere in this work, is one of the leading men of Ballard
County, and is distinguished in several ways. He ranks among the
foremost men in his procession, and is also a celebrity on account of
his magnificent Hereford herd of cattle, and because of the part he has
taken in developing the financial and business interests of La Center
and Hinkleville. Mrs Rollings is a lady of great intellectual culture,
and was one of the most active workers in the Red Cross during the great
war. Mrs. Overbey was educated at Forest Park University, Saint Louis,
Missouri, and also attended the Conservatory of Music at Cincinnati, Ohio.
She is a fine musician, and her great talents enable her to afford much
pleasure to her family and wide circle of friends. Doctor and Mrs.
Overbey have one daughter, Emmalee, who was born April 1, 1916. Doctor
Overbey is a man noted for his clearness of insight and breadth of view,
and his advice is sought and followed in civic affairs. At the beginning
of his career he learned to work for knowledge and to retain what he
learned, and is recognized as one of the most skilled and experienced
men of his profession in the county.
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