Legislation # 08-0078 Enactment Number none
Type Ceremonial Item Effective Date none
Introduction Date 2/27/2008
Title Resolution - In Memory of Nelson T. Overton
Legislation History 08-0078
DateNotice Of ActionDescription
2/27/2008 Presented by Councilman Joseph H. Spencer, Jr. to Mrs. Margaret Overton who was accompanied by daughter, Nancy Overton Smith, son-in-law, Steve Smith, and granddaughter Abby Smith.
2/27/2008 Approved
2/20/2008 Received By Clerk's Office
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Legislation Text 08-0078


City of Hampton, Virginia

Ceremonial Item

22 Lincoln Street

Hampton, VA 23669



File Number: 08-0078


Enactment Number: -


Resolution - In Memory of Nelson T. Overton


WHEREAS, Nelson Tilghman Overton, son of the late Nelson Chilcoat and Lucille Tilghman Overton, was born in Newport News on February 7, 1928; and


WHEREAS, Nelson T. Overton attended local schools and was graduated from Newport News High School in 1945; and


WHEREAS, Nelson T. Overton graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1949 where he had been a Cadet Captain, the Regimental S-3, and Vice President of the Student Government, of the Honor Court and of the First Class; and


WHEREAS, Nelson T. Overton was a Distinguished Military Graduate, a member of the Beta Commission and a member of Kappa Alpha Order; and


WHEREAS, Nelson T. Overtons portrait hangs in the Library at VMI, the only portrait of a cadet in full regimental dress; and


WHEREAS, in 1952, Nelson T. Overton received his law degree from the University of Virginia and upon graduation, he entered practice with the law firm of Montague, Cumming, Watkins and Overton; and


WHEREAS, from 1953 to 1955, he served with the United States Army as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry, and 1st Lieutenant in the Judge Advocate Generals Corps, serving in the Office of the Judge Advocate General in Washington, D.C.; and


WHEREAS, Nelson T. Overton continued to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves until 1968, when he was discharged at the rank of Major; and


WHEREAS, on December 31, 1964, The Honorable Nelson T. Overton was appointed to the bench of the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Virginia, where he served as Judge for the Circuit Court for the City of Hampton; and


WHEREAS, on August 23, 1995, The Honorable Nelson T. Overton was appointed as a Judge for the Court of Appeals of Virginia, making him the first Peninsula Judge to sit on the States second-highest Court, where he served until 1999 when he took on Senior Status; and


WHEREAS, until his death on January 7, 2008, he was a settlement mediator for the Court; and

WHEREAS, Nelson T. Overton was a lifelong member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Newport News, where he served on every committee, including the Board of Trustees, the Finance Committee and the Administrative Board; and


WHEREAS, Nelson T. Overton was a Lay Advisory Board member of Mary Immaculate Hospital, a member of American Legion Post 31 and a member and former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads Unit of the Institute of Industrial and Commercial Ministries; and


WHEREAS, Nelson Tilghman Overton was devoted to Margaret Lee Payne Overton, his wife of 55 years, his children and his grandchildren; and

WHEREAS, The Honorable Nelson T. Overton, an old-fashioned lawyer and judge, won the respect and admiration of his colleagues on the bench, lawyers and the litigants, by obeying the letter of the law, making his decisions based on the law and the evidence, not public opinion;


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Hampton, Virginia, that The Honorable Nelson T. Overton be, and hereby is, recognized and commended for his outstanding personal and professional accomplishments, after more than 31 years of distinguished public service as a Circuit Court Judge in the City of Hampton.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be spread upon the minutes of the February 27, 2008 meeting of the City Council of the City of Hampton, Virginia, and that an appropriate copy be signed by the Mayor, attested by the Clerk, and presented to the family of The Honorable Nelson T. Overton.


Adopted at the regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Hampton, Virginia held on February 27, 2008.




Signed by ____________________________ Date _________________

Ross A. Kearney, II, Mayor





Attested by ____________________________ Date _________________

Katherine K. Glass

Clerk of the Council