A celebration of life was held for longtime San Bernardino resident Oscar Weldon Overstreet, Sr. Born on July 2, 1933 in Los Angeles, CA, Overstreet was the eldest of four sons born to Sidney Lorenza and Myrtle Lee Warren Overstreet. His father and brothers William “Billie,” and Sidney “Baby Sidney” preceded him in death.
Overstreet’s primary school years began in Los Angeles before the family later relocated to the Valley Truck Farms area of San Bernardino, where he attended Mill School and united with St. Mark Baptist Church. Overstreet completed secondary school at Sturges Junior High School and San Bernardino High School respectively. He was a proud SBHS Cardinal and could often be heard bragging that SBHS was “the only high school.” Overstreet was an athlete and scholar excelling in both football, and track and field. He earned varsity letters in both sports.
Overstreet was also a budding entrepreneur as a young man. In his latter high school years, he opened the Coney Island Tire Shop, a small shop next to his parent’s home. Overstreet’s business provided a needed community service and gathering place. He was also an avid photographer and he honed his craft over the years while photographing family, friends, and special events.
After high school, Overstreet attended San Bernardino Valley Col lege where he earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration. Later he was drafted by the United States Army and served in the US and Korea.
Specialist IV Overstreet was honorably discharged in 1958. When he returned home, he worked in his family’s Spotlight Restaurant and General Store.
In 1960, Overstreet married Annette Green. The couple settled in San Bernardino and began a family. They were blessed with three children, Rosalyn, Myrna and Oscar, Jr. In order to support his growing family, Overstreet took on additional jobs. He worked as a counselor, fireman, correctional officer, loss prevention officer, public relations specialist and mechanic. Overstreet retired from his position as a mechanic for the City of San Bernardino in 1990. Never one to sit still, he took on a number of other odd jobs just to keep himself busy in retirement. One of Overstreet’s favorite past time activities was “clowning” and entertaining children. He performed magic and sculpted balloon figures and hats at many children’s parties.
Overstreet’s family and friends were the loves of his life. Left to cherish his memory are his mother Myrtle, brother, George, wife Annette of 51 years, daughter, Rosalyn Overstreet Gonzalez (Pablo), daughter, Myrna Overstreet Spear (Manuel), son, Oscar W. Overstreet, Jr.; daughter, Teleshia Wesley, grandchildren Davionna and Alfonzo Overstreet, John-Paul and Barclay Gonzalez, and Aabrielle Spear; great granddaughter Malayah Leonard and a host of relatives and friends.
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