WBIR-TV KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Dr. Robert “Bob” Overholt, a local physician who appeared bi-weekly on WBIR’s “Live at Five at Four” show, has passed.

Overholt passed peacefully at his house at the age of 85 on Monday, June 10.

Overholt began his medical career in Knoxville and dedicated his life to the community and his patients. He served as president of the Knoxville Academy of Medicine, as an active member of the Tennessee Medical Association, as a member of the American Medical Association and as a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. He was given a distinguished service award from the Tennessee Medical Association.

He was a passionate University of Tennessee fan and was, as he often said, “driven to serve.”

“He always found the best in everyone and looked to help them in their journey in the midst of his busy life,” Overholt’s obituary said.

Overholt was a well-known media personality and quickly developed a great relationship with WBIR, thanks to his dependability and eagerness to help the community. He presented medical information twice a week on WBIR’s now-retired “Live at Five at Four” show.

Overholt also hosted the popular television program, “The Dr.Bob Show” for over 30 years. The show won more than two dozen Telly Awards.

“We should all remember his 4 axioms of good living: exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, get a good night’s sleep, and always have laughter in our life,” Overholt’s obituary said.

Overholt leaves behind his wife of 63 years and two sons. A memorial service will be held at West Hills Baptist Church on June 16 at 12:30 p.m. following the morning worship service. A receiving of friends will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to West Hills Baptist Church.


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