The Overton Funeral Home is a family operation. Arthur, the founder and a native of Patchogue, and Cornelia, born in West Sayville, were married in 1920 and three years later took Islip to their hearts. Many recall Art's exuberance and friendly humor as he moved about the hamlet. Being on Main Street was important to Art, and continues to be important to the Overton Family - the "Main Street" philosophy emphasizes personal involvement within the community and the ready accessibility of the owners and staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Arthur and Cornelia had 3 children – Joyce, Shirley and Wayne. Shirley, a lifelong resident of Islip, and Fred Voss, raised in Bay Shore, married in 1949. In 1960, Fred began his career in funeral service, and in 1968 became manager until his retirement in 1986. Shirley, who passed away in 1994, was secretary and treasurer. Joyce, who died in 2008, has a son, Kent, who joined the business in 1975 and served as a funeral director until 1988, when he moved to Florida. Wayne, a former school administrator, became manager upon Fred’s retirement. Fred passed away in 1998. Wayne’s wife, Lois, a nurse and special education teacher, joined the firm in 1986 as a licensed funeral director. Lois retired in May 2003, and Wayne followed suit in December of the same year.
Shirley’s daughter, Nancy Buehler, joined the firm in 1983 and is responsible for accounting, bookkeeping, and correspondence. Nancy’s son, Eric, joined the family business fulltime in September 2001 and took over as manager when Wayne retired. Michael Folks, a funeral director originally from Sayville, joined our staff in 1996 and has over thirty years of experience in the funeral business. Sean Ward, a licensed funeral director originally from Bohemia who now resides in Blue Point, joined us in 2016 and is responsible for the firm's embalming and preparation work. Rounding out our professional staff is Robert Smith, a lifelong resident who joined the firm in 1970 and retired from full time directing in 2016, though he continues to assist with preparation duties in a part-time capacity. Together they extend sincere concern and compassion for all who come to them. They talk with pride about serving "our families.”