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OBIT: Mr. J. C. Owen


Mr. J. C. Owen

Mr. J. C. Owen, a longtime farmer and lumberman of the Kennys Bend Community died at the age of 86 at his Kennys Bend Lane home at 8:25 a.m. Monday morning September 10, 2018 with his family at his bedside. He was pronounced dead at 8:45 a.m. by Kindred Hospice of Cookeville.

Mr. Owen was at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where his services were conducted by Eld. Junior Dickerson. Following the 1 p.m. Friday afternoon September 14TH funeral services burial was in the Garden of Gethsemane at Smith County Memorial Gardens.

Born J. C. Owen on Whitefield Lane in the Rome Community on August 13, 1932, he was one of three children of the late Levert Clasken “L.C.” Owen who died at the age 80 on April 18, 1982 and Theodore Roosevelt “Theo” Gasaway Owen who died at the age of 64 on March 4, 1971.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Billie Louise Owen Thompson who died April 19, 2006 at the age of 76 and is survived by her two sons Tommy and Billy Thompson. Also preceding him in death was another sister, Macon Brownie Owen Williams who died January 28, 2006 at the age of 83.

In Rossville, Georgia on August 15, 1950, he was united in marriage to Popes Hill Community native, the former Charlotte Ann Midgett. The ceremony was performed by minister George W. McClure.

He established the J. C. Owen Lumber Co. in 1954 on Cedar Street in South Carthage which derived the name for the street when South Carthage was incorporated in 1963. After leaving South Carthage he relocated in the early 60’s to the Sampson Farm on the West side of Popes Hill.

Later in 1974 the operation was moved to the former Oldham Rock Quarry property on Whitefield Lane in the Rome Community. He and his son operated the facility until he retired on May 14, 2014.

Surviving in addition to his wife of over sixty eight years is their son, Jimmy Owen and wife Helen of the Watervale Community; three grandchildren, Candice Owen and husband Tony Barlage of Golden, Colorado, Gordonsville dentist, Dr. Casey Owen and wife Sarah McDonald Owen of Lebanon, Caroline Owen of the Watervale Community; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Kemmel & Lucy Midgett Hackett of the Tuckers Cross Roads Community; special caregivers, Joyce Bain, Terry Hailey, Colleen and Sarah.

The Owen family request memorials to the Plunketts Creek Missionary Baptist Church Building fund.