David Randall Overstreet
October 23, 1952 - December 27, 1988
Born October 23, 1952 in Sherman, Grayson County, TX
Died: December 27, 1988, Austin, Travis County, TX. Cause: fast growing cancer
Memorial Article: The North San Antonio Times, Thursday, Jan 5, 1989, pg 11
David Randall Overstreet
David came into this world on October 23, 1952 in Sherman, Tx, eight miles from his family's home in Denison.
When he was four years old, they moved to Hutchinson, KS, where he attended kindergarten and the First Grade. His Father, a Kress Store Manager, was then transferred to San Antonio, where they lived in Alamo Heights, and he attended Cambridge Elementrary. Two years later, his parents bought a home on East Edgewood, which put him in the Woodridge District, and just about two blocks from the high school.
Theatre and performing was important to him. He had a small part in "The Miracle Worker" with the San Antonio Little Theatre. The same year, he had a leading roll in "Sound of Music", which had over fifty public perfomances for the summer.
When he was fifteen, he noticed some activity going on in the strip center on Broadway and Edgewood, where they were building picnic tables. he stopped by, got acquainted and offered his help. The business turned out to be "Smokeys Barbecue." Being the only near by eating place other than the school cafeteria, long lines soon formed for the lunch breaks. Before long, David was practically running the place. Due to laziness and lack of interest, the owners closed the restaurant after a year. His next part time job was at the nearby cleaners, which as part of his pay, provided him with the well-groomed look he liked to have. He also worked at Radio Station KTSA.
After high school, David attended Trinity University for two years where he enjoyed Radio & Television courses. He continued his schooling at Texas A&M where he became a Certified Horticulturist, leading him to a job as Manager of a Nursery on Perrin-Beitel for two years. Always interested in decorating and growing things, he moved to Austin, where he built his own green house and started his own business, called, LIVING ENVIRONMENTS. He did well, until too much competition started him looking at other options. Having done some work at Barton Creek, he accepted a job working full time for them.
His employment, to receive all benefits, required a physical exam, which shattered his dreams. A fast growing cancer was found and he was given six months to live. He died December 27, 1988, two weeks longer than the time he had been given. It was a warm night for December, and as his friends gathered at the house, joined by his parents, they spend the night sitting on his front porch drinking champagne and sharing things about David that were so special.
Following his wishes, after cremation, his father, early one morning, scattered his ashes around the Sunken Gardens in San Antonio. Next time you're in Brackenridge Park enjoying the beauty of the flowers and the landscape of the gardens, remember David, and his loving spirit.
NOTE: In 2001, at the request of Ilse Garrett, Mrs. Overstreet documented the above loving memory of David, to be included in our Class Memorial Collections.
Remembering David ...
Hank remembers ... small memory: David Overstreet was in my carpool to Woodridge Elelmentary. Alan Westerman, his sister Sandra, (they lived across the street directly from David), Ed Chambers (occasionally…), and "Spook" Gordon (his birthday was October 31). I think we lasted 3 or 4 years, and we used to carpool for the A Bomb evacuations back then, too. :) After 5th or 6th grade I saw David around, but we didn't socialize.
Ilse remembers ... Our Creative Friend - I remember the day I received the North San Antonio
Times telling me of the death of David Overstreet. I felt such a great
loss. I couldn't believe he was gone. I told my husband, " He's too
young to have died." - - David was my friend. Although I hadn't seen
him for years, I still felt the closeness. I first met David in Junior
High School. I can remember how talented he was. He played the character
of Friedrich Von Trapp in Sound of Music at the San Antonio Little Theatre.
I know he had other theatrical parts over the years, but this one sticks
in my mind. - - I can't help thinking of David when I smell English Leather
cologne, it was his favorite. - - I remember he drove a blue and white
Chrysler that had push button gears rather than a gearshift on the column.
David, Penny Telford, another person I don't remember, and I were to go
to the prom. I think we should up so we could say we actually went, but
we didn't stay long. We left and headed out towards New Braunfels. We
were going looking for "Goatman". All I remember when we were
sitting in the car waiting to see "Goatman" was this horrible
sound outside the car and us being really frightened. I don't know what
the sound actually was, but it sounded like a wounded animal. We were
parked on a road somewhere in the country and I remember there were like
walls of rock around us. Almost like we were in a canyon. I have no clue
where it was, only that it was somewhere towards New Braunfels. David
tried to start the car and it wouldn't start. I finally noticed that he
did not have it in "park" completely. The button wasn't pushed
all the way. I know we accused the guys of doing that purposely! Looking
back, it really was funny!
High School Involvement included D.E.C.A (Jr. Year) and Coordinated Voctional Academic Education (Sr. Year)
Cambridge Elementary Years: Please contact Toni if you were in any classes with David at Cambridge, and what Teachers, etc. See Childhood Years for lists of Classes and Teachers. We are missing alot.
1962 - Cub Scout Pack #86 (Does anyone have Troop or Den group Photos?)
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