Memorials for Judge Ben Overton announced

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A funeral service for former Florida Supreme Court Justice Ben F. Overton will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville at 10:30 this coming Saturday with a reception at Oak Hammock. Overton, 86, died last Saturday in Gainesville due to complications from heart surgery.

There will be a Lying in State next Monday from Noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Supreme Court Building rotunda in Tallahassee. A memorial service will follow starting at 2:00 p.m. in the courtroom featuring speakers that include Chief Justice Ricky Polston, former Gov. Reubin Askew, former Justice Parker Lee McDonald, and Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte.

During the Lying in State, the family will receive visitors in the Lawyer’s Lounge at the Florida Supreme Court building, main floor.

A final service will be held on January 9 at St. Anne of Grace Episcopal Church in St. Petersburg (Seminole) at Noon. Burial will follow in St. Petersburg.

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