MADISON, Alabama – Many people may know Debbie Overcash as the wife of Madison City Council member Tommy Overcash.
Many others know her as a good friend and true public servant for the City of Madison.
For the past three years, she has served on the Madison Street Festival committee and is president of the event this year, which is Oct. 6.
She is also a board member of the Huntsville Botanical Garden, is a graduate of Leadership Huntsville Madison County, has served in many volunteer capacities for the past two decades with the Huntsville Hospital system, and was active in the Junior League of Huntsville where she is a sustaining life member.
She also serves on the Madison Station Historical Society, is a member of the Madison Rotary Club, the Madison Arts Council, the Madison City Beautification/Tree board, Friends of the Library, the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild, the Salvation Army Advisory Board and other nonprofit organizations.
“My parents were very involved in the community, and that’s where I learned the importance of being a public servant,” she said.
Debbie and Tommy were childhood friends in Starkville, Miss., and attended the same church growing up. They started dating as teenagers and eventually married. They moved to Huntsville in 1980 with Tommy’s job and in 1985 to Madison, where they raised three sons and several dogs over the years.
The three boys – Cameron and twins Chandler and Mason – grew up and now have their own families. But three dogs – all Shih tzus – are still very much a part of their lives.
“Tommy said we didn’t have enough love for three dogs, but I said we had enough for three boys,” Debbie joked.
End of discussion.
Debbie, 56, graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in interior design. After having their first child, she opted to be a stay-at-home mom. But she rarely stayed home.
While the boys were small, she was very active at First Methodist Church of Huntsville. After moving to Madison, the family became active at Madison Methodist Church and later Asbury United Methodist Church, where Debbie has served in many roles, including being on the church’s board of trustees, as a children’s Sunday school teacher and as chair of the altar guild.
When her boys took an interest in scouting, Debbie joined in the fun, serving as den mother during their Cub Scout days. She was a member and officer of every PTA where her boys attended school and was awarded an honorary life membership by the Alabama State PTA in 1998.
In addition to her family, which was named 2002 Madison Family of the Year, one of her proudest achievements is being on the committee to form the Madison City School system 15 years ago.