Alfred Lee Overstreet was born in Monroe on May 14, 1953. He was the son of the late Aubrey Walters and the late Ethel Lee (Allen) Overstreet. He attended Monroe Public Schools.
On November 19, 1972, Al joined Leemay Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit under Rev. McClinden. Al gave his first sermon bringing in the New Year on December 31, 1972. In 1975, he was ordained under the Reverend J.C. Jones at Second Missionary Baptist Church in Monroe. He then planted his own church in Monroe, Newstone Missionary Baptist Church in 1977.
Al married, the former Dana Jones on August 21, 1976 at First Missionary Baptist Church in Belleville. On February 12, 1987 he was called to serve in Milan at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. In 1995, he returned to Monroe starting Al Overstreet Evangelistic Ministries serving as Pastor until 2015.
A faithful servant of the Lord he was also a devoted husband and father. He was a mentor to children and adults just the same. Whether he was witnessing to government officials, boxing champions, or being an avid supporter of the YMCA Strong Kid’s campaign, Al was a voice for the community for the weak and the downtrodden. His efforts included serving on the YMCA board and being selected for the Community Service Award, but Pastor Al knew his real reward was in Heaven.
Putting his faith first and knowing that God would never lead him astray contributed to his being a truly genuine human being. He was a people person and extremely outgoing. Al supported his ministry and his family with employment by the Detroit Stoker Company a combustion equipment operator for thirty-one years. He retired in 2004 as a stock clerk.
Al enjoyed tennis and gardening, was well known for his famous Rib-Offs, and cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren. Pastor Al considered one of the highlights of his life was the opportunity to baptize his own children and to see them become part of the church.
Reverend Alfred Lee Overstreet, age 65, of Monroe went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, October 19, 2018. He had been under the care of Great Lakes Caring Hospice. His passing was preceded by his father: Aubrey; stepmother: Ollie Rae: mother: Ethel Lee; son: Alfred Darnell, brothers: Arthur “Sonny”, Ronald Lee, and John Henry Overstreet; and twin sister: Albetine Overstreet.
To cherish his memory he leaves his beloved wife: Dana; son: Michael James of Atlanta, Georgia; daughter: Felisha Gabrielle of Monroe; grandchildren: Rayvon DaMichael-Al and Rae’lynn Aubrey-Lee; sisters: Emily McNair Gulfport, Mississippi, Tracy Overstreet of Monroe, Charlotte Williams of Detroit, Margie (Terrance) Powers of Monroe, and Maudlene Walters and Gwen Franklin both of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; brothers: Eric (Earline) Walters of Toledo, Ohio, Tony Austin of Gulfport, and Jason Neal of Coffeeville, Mississippi.
He will lie in state from 9:00am until 11:00am on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Monroe Missionary Baptist Church, 14260 South Dixie Highway. A Homegoing Celebration will follow at 11:00am also at the church with Pastor Jay Cummings officiating. Procession will follow to Roselawn Memorial Park in LaSalle for burial. Merkle Funeral Service, South Monroe; 14567 South Dixie Highway (734) 241-7070 has been entrusted with his arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to the YMCA or Arthur Lesow Community Center. Online guests may visit www.merklefs.com.