Mr. Owen was born December 12, 1946, in Sale Creek, Tennessee, to Mary Owen and the late Howard Owen.
He made a living by driving a truck and/or driving nails. He enjoyed spending lots of time outdoors. He always looked forward to spring because that’s when it was time to plow up the ground for the garden. Even after being diagnosed with the cancer in January this year, he still made sure that garden got planted. He also loved to fish. He’d catch them and just throw them back. He found the most relaxation while fishing. And during race season, if you went to visit on Sunday, you could bet your bottom dollar that NASCAR would be blaring on TV. To know him was to love him. He loved his wife with all he had and bragged about his kids and grandkids every chance he got. A simple man who never complained even through the pain, a humble soul who would give you his last dollar or the shirt off his back if you needed it. That’s just the kind of person he was. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him. We haven’t lost because his spirit will always remain in each of us. If anything, he has taught those closest to him how to love with your whole heart, how to forgive others and forgive yourself, how to be grateful for every little second, and how to give your best even if it seems the weight of the world is on your shoulders.
He is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 25 years, Kathy Owen of Rockmart, Georgia; a daughter, Litha and (Danny) Johnson of Bowdon, Georgia; a son, Jimmy Owen of Bremen, Georgia; a daughter, Staci and (Mark) Vaughn of Rockmart, Georgia; a daughter, Angie Owen of Bremen, Georgia; a daughter, Debbie and (Brad) Hubbard of Hogansville, Georgia; a son, Kenneth Rosenburg of Glenville, N.Y; a daughter, Cindy and (Greg) Allen of Carrollton, Georgia; a daughter, Betty and (Terry) Potts of Rockmart, Georgia; 22 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; a precious loving Mother, Mary Owen of Rossville, Georgia; a sister, Joyce and (Jerry) Puckett of Chattanooga, Tennessee; a brother, Jackie and (Sandy) Owen of Chattanooga, Tenn.; a brother-in-law, Larry Hardy of LaGrange, Georgia; a brother-in law, Billy Hardy of Chattanooga, Tennessee; and a sister-in law Betty and (James) Phillips of Franklin, Georgia. He also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, and friends whom he loved deeply.
Visitation will be Sunday, October 7, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at J. Collins Funeral Home, 206 South Carroll Road ,Villa Rica, GA 30180. For more information, visit www.jcollinsfuneralhome.com or call 770-459-6090.
Services will be conducted from J. Collins Funeral Home on Monday, October 8, at 2 p,m. Graveside services will follow at Melrose Hills Memorial Park with Terry Potts, Greg Allen, Dylan Gann, Devin Gann, Jake Hand, Tyler Hand, Nathan Potts, Nick Potts and Brandon Potts serving as pallbearers
The family would like to send out a very special ‘Thank You’ to Heyman Hospice who have went above and beyond for our family during this difficult time. Rhonda Castleberry was James’ nurse and there couldn’t have been any other more fitting for him and our family. She could never know how much we appreciate her genuine care, compassion, love and support.
To end, there is something James would always say which is very fitting and that is “I’ll see ya’ after awhile.”
J. Collins Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Villa Rica.