John Richard Owens, age 73

John Richard Owens, age 73 went home to be with the Lord on Monday, August 2, 2021 surrounded by his family at his home.  He was born on December 19, 1947 in Pioneer, Tennessee.

He was saved as a teenager.  He is a member of Dutch Valley Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and treasurer. He loved spending time with his kids and grandchildren, hunting ginseng, reading and the TN Vols football team. He worked at Y-12 from 1967 until he retired in 2004.  He was a machinist and worked as a machine instructor for 14 years. 

Preceded in death by his father, Rev. Daymon Owens; mother, Mary Styles; brothers, David and Carl Kenneth; sister, Betty Jones; granddaughter, Laklee Owens and father-in-law, Raymond Terry.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Virginia Ann “Jenny” Owens; son, Rev. John Richard Jr. “Johnny” & wife Lydia; daughter, Alicia Ann Pack & husband Jeff; grandchildren, Brittany & husband Rev. Aaron Weldon, Kaylee & husband Robby Bradshaw, Heather & husband Staff Sergeant Chase Lane, Emma Pack, Brandon Owens, Nakota Owens, Ella Grace Owens & fiancé Ronnie McGhee, Phillip Owens, & Bella Owens; great grandchildren, Aedyn, Eli, Emmalyn, & Isaiah; brothers, Paul & wife Debbie Owens, Mitchell & wife Charllet Owens, Randy & wife Gerri Owens; several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the caregivers of Tennessee Cancer Center and Amedisys Hospice for their loving care.

The family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 pm, Thursday, August 5, 2021 at Holley Gamble Funeral Home with funeral service to follow in the chapel Rev. Johnny Owens & Rev. David Burchfield officiating.  The family will have a graveside service 11:00 am, Friday at Anderson Memorial Garden.  Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.  holleygamble.com

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:30 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, and cats Oliver, Bow and Libby.

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