Pamela Anderson Overton

March 23, 2017


Pamela Anderson Overton peacefully passed away March 23, 2017 at Levine and Dickson Hospice House at Southminster after fighting valiantly for many years with kidney disease and more recently bladder cancer.   To all of her friends and family who have supported her over the years, she cherished you. 

Pam was preceded in death by her beautiful son Michael of Greenville, NC, and her parents Cleo and Adele Anderson of Burlington, NC.  She is survived by her sister Paula Anderson of Elon, NC, sister Penny Stewart and brother-in-law Allen Stewart of Charlotte, niece Laura Stewart of Birmingham, AL, and nephew Daniel Stewart of Charlotte.  She also was godmother to Ethan MacKenzie of Huntsville, AL.

Pam attended East Carolina University and worked in the Pitt County school system as a counselor upon graduation.  She worked for thirteen years as Assistant Athletic Director for Student Development at East Carolina University. She then served as Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator at Florida State University and Director of Affiliate Relations at the 1A Athletic Directors’ Association. At FSU, along with sport oversight, she concentrated in student development, strategic planning, leadership development, and gender equity. She chaired the NCAA Advisory Board that developed the original CHAMPS/Life Skills Program and the D1A Program of Excellence. Division 1A Athletic Directors named her the Inaugural “Gene Hooks” Award Winner for her service and work in student-athlete development, while Athletic Management Magazine named her an outstanding role model in athletic administration. She mentored her student-athletes through all walks of life as they were her heart and soul.  She was most recently employed by Collegiate Sports Associates who serve as consultants and provide search services for leading universities and conferences. 

Pam was passionate about the arts and how they enhanced her life and the lives of others.  She loved visiting with friends and traveling with them whenever possible.

A Celebration of Pam’s Life will be held Sunday, April 2nd from 1pm to 4pm at the Foundation for the Carolinas, 220 North Tryon St., Charlotte, NC.  Memorials in her name should be made to causes close to your heart or to the National Kidney Foundation, Carolinas Bladder Cancer Fund at Levine Cancer Institute, or Hospice House.

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  • Marilyn

    I did not need a ton of girlriends in my life because Pam filled the best friend, travel buddy, confidante, counselor role for me. I think I was that to her also. Our various trips to Costa Rica, Mexico, NYC , New Orleans and a Christmas cruise bring back only fond memories and a lot of laughs. We also shared some dark times together, but they only seemed half as dark after she disected the problem, the way only Pam could.
    We met in Tallahassee in the mid 90s, she from NC, me from Los Angeles. She walked into my business and shortly after we became friends. We shared the same political and religous beliefs and the love of various cuisine. She welcomed my family into her home when they visited from New Zealand and Australia.
    We spent New Year 2000 in New Orleans. Florida State was playing a championship game. She flew back with the team, I drove. I had a serious car accident driving back to Tallahassee. When she found out, she took complete control. She took over the "paper" side of things letting me concentrate on recovery.
    That was Pam, always thinking and trying to help some one else.
    In my last cell phone conversation I had with her we were both lying in bed late at night. I told her I had booked a trip to San Miguel Allende Mexico. She asked me why I had not invited her to come along.
    I told her I went to bed with my laptop the night before and I did not know I was going to Mexico!
    We howled with the spontaneity of that.
    My grief is profound. I know I will never have another friend like you.

  • Stephen Brody

    Pam was a kind and gentle soul who always made time to nourish those around her. As a student athlete, head coach, and as part of her academic advising office at East Carolina she provided me support in such as way as to bolster my ability to learn, grow, and develop. In that regard Pam epitomized being a servant leader. Namely as a result of her leadership, others in turn became servant leaders themselves, and the greater good was served.

    Pam, God bless and may your memory be a blessing to all who knew you.

  • David Sr. And Mazie Crumbie

    We met Pam as parents of a student athlete at East Carolina University. She had a beautiful spirit and soul and poured all of it into the athletes. When we needed to check on our son we knew who to call. She was loved my many and will be missed by all.

  • Pat Terrell Kernodle

    My sympathy to Pam's family. Many memories of Cleo and Adele and the girls when they were growing up.

  • Ruth Maiolo

    Pam, we will miss your charming, engaging smile, and never ending elegance and friendship. When you get "up there" give our big boy Michael a firm hug from John and me.

  • Zelleka Biermann

    Our family loved Pam, her welcoming smile and kind soul was always inviting to spend more time with her. We knew she was a big supporter of all school sport activities, especially baseball and basketball and supported nephew Daniel Stewart and his team mates which include our son Alex. We became cheerleaders together and always looked forward for basketball season. When I recently visited Pam, her spirit was as always uplifting, positive and inspiring.
    Pam will be missed but not forgotten, we will keep the family in our prayers
    The Biermann Family

  • Karin Lee

    Pam was a wonderful mentor and friend. Words cannot express how much she was valued and appreciated. She made us better professionals and people. Thank you Pam!

  • Karin Lee

    Pam was a wonderful mentor and friend. Words cannot express how much she was valued and appreciated. Thank you Pam for everything you did to help make our profession better and the people better who came in contact with you!

  • Nicki Moore

    I am so sorry to hear of Pam's passing. Pam was always so welcoming to me as a younger professional in the field of student-athlete development. She invited me to participate in professional development opportunities and championed me as an emerging leader in our field. Pam and my husband were also close while at ECU - we will both miss her, though we are grateful for her work and her passion for all that she did.

  • V

    My darling Pam. I have never had as close a friend, and do not think I ever will. You have touched so many lives, and you will be missed forever.

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