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.

Share your memories & condolences


  • Debbie Yow

    Pam was a beautiful soul, full of life and caring. She cannot be replaced, but she can be celebrated.

  • Isabel Alfonso

    Pam is and always will be a precious treasure, gift and blessing in my life. I am so fortunate to have had such a wonderful friend. Her friendship has changed my life for the better. I will miss her terribly and will forever cherish sweet Pam. ❤

  • John Maiolo

    Not longer after arriving in Greenville NC, where I was to become a professor at ECU, and my wife Ruth became a teacher in the public schools, we met Pam. She was our neighbor who was introduced to us because her beautiful son Michael had become a pal of our son Alex. We used to joke with Pam about how one Saturday morning we woke up to a TV on in our family room. (We hardly ever locked our doors those days).When we looked in, there was Mike with a huge smile and he said, "Hi, did I wake you?" We loved that boy and were so sad when he passed, and we felt so badly for Pam, who suffered so much over this tragedy. As time passed on, we stayed in touch because she only lived a block away. Every encounter was a delight, and I had several encounters a semester with Pam since she was an academic counselor to athletes. She was an outstanding counselor in our university, and while many of us cheered her appointment to Florida State, we were also sad to see her leave us. Pam was one of a kind, and my wife and I cannot express adequately how sorry to hear that she passed. God bless dear girl, and know how many, many people owe you so much for your friendship and competence.

  • Jamie

    Prayers, Peace and Love to you all.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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.

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