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Oxford loses another good man

A life well lived. That’s all we can ask for.

The late Mike Overstreet not only got that, he helped deliver that to others.

The Oxford community was saddened Thursday morning when word rapidly spread that Overstreet, 70, had died of a heart attack at home. In the days and weeks before, Overstreet had been seen with his wife, Helen, on the Oxford Square, and taking in community activities including a jazz show at the Ford Center on the Ole Miss campus.

At each stop, Mike and Helen engaged with friends and members of the community, spreading the positive gospel about people, places, and things.

Mike enjoyed spending time at the beach, or in New York and as a successful developer he had property sprinkled around and beyond Oxford that allowed that very thing. But Oxford was home, and it’s here that he made the biggest mark, developing quality real estate during the city’s emergence as a destination and property hotbed.

From one of the more impacting families in Oxford’s history the past three-quarters of a century, Mike never flaunted that fact after returning here to live in the mid-1990s. He and Helen just quietly enjoyed participating in Oxford, even though they were shaping it the entire time.

Mike Overstreet was a good man, good for this community. He will be missed.