Senior Center Dedicates Memorial Flag And Staff

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The Payson Senior Center held a special ceremony March 31 to dedicate a new flagpole and flag in memory of its former board president, Bill Overton.

"The flagpole and plaque were donated by Betty and Jene Hayes, who were good friends of Ruth and Bill Overton," said Elaine Drorbaugh, current president of the center's board of directors.

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Local residents gathered at the Payson Senior Center Tuesday for the dedication of the new flagpole honoring the late Bill Overton, the center's board president for 13 years. Overton died March 22, 2002.

Overton worked for Hayes' company, Hayes Drilling Co. of Kansas City, Mo., Drorbaugh said. Overton retired in 1988 and came to Payson in 1989. That same year he joined the board of the senior center and became its president in 1990. He served more than a dozen years, she said.

"He was instrumental in burning the mortgage on this property and succeeded in helping this center grow to what we have today," Drorbaugh said. "He spent so many hours here, I think Ruth thought he was married to the center instead of her."

Overton died March 22, 2002. The Hayeses wanted his memory to live on at the center and so they donated the flagpole and a plaque in his memory. The family donated the flag that was presented to them at Overton's funeral.

Also making a special contribution to the memorial were the town of Payson and the crew from the parks and recreation department, under the direction of Bill Schwind, Drorbaugh said.

Other board members, friends and family, the center's orchestra and singers and area veterans also participated in the 1 p.m. dedication ceremony March 31 at the Payson Senior Center, 512 W. Main Street.

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