Mr. Danny Owens, age 81, of the Rock City Community died from cancer at 11:37 a.m. Monday morning November 16th at his son’s Dickerson Lane home surrounded by his loving family. He was under the tender care of Avalon Hospice.
Funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home were conducted Thursday afternoon November 19th with Eld. Junior Dickerson officiating. Following the 1 p.m. services burial was in the Owens family lot in the Garden of Gethsemane at the Smith County Memorial Gardens.
Born Danny Owens in the Rome Community on September 24, 1939 he was one of three daughters and two sons born to the late Alton Leslie “Red” Owen who died at the age of 88 on August 31, 1988 and Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” Hailey Owen who died at the age of 66 on December 28, 1976.
All four of his siblings preceded him in death. They were Altie Roberta Owens who died August 29, 2006 at the age of 78, Leslie Ray Owens who died February 17, 2008 at the age of 77, Elizabeth Juanita Owens Frye who died January 11, 2015 at the age of 80 and the youngest of the five children, Debbie Owens Harrison who died July 6, 2013 at the age of 65.
Mr. Owens had a perpetual smile and a winning personality and never met a stranger.
He loved life and cherished all of his friends and acquaintances.
He was a 1957 graduate of Smith County High School where he majored in science and was a member of the Spanish Club. The statement made of him in his 1957 class annual: “Though innocent of books, his knowledge is wide.”
Mr. Owens was employed at the Tennessee Woolen Mills in Lebanon for twenty years. Following his retirement from the Woolen Mills he and his wife operated the El-Rancho Restaurant in Lebanon for seven and one half years before he established the Bonding Company.
After his tenure as a restaurateur he established the Owens and Owens Bail Bondsman Company in Smith County, a career he enjoyed for thirty one years until his retirement.
He could be seen almost daily at lunch time at Rojas Restaurant in Carthage getting his mid-day meal with his constant side kick, Maggie, his beloved dog guarding the car.
Mr. Owens attended the Plunketts Creek Missionary Baptist Church in the Rock City Community.
Surviving is his son, Danny Wayne Owens and wife Beverly Payne Owens of the Rock City Community; two grandsons, Zachary Wayne Owens and Travis Grisham both of the Rock City Community.
The Owens family has requested memorials to the St. Jude Hospital in Memphis.
SANDERSON of CARTHAGE