Charlotte's Story

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Charlotte Jean Owens, 80, of Athens, went to be with Our Lord Saturday, May 7th, 2016. She was born April 29th, 1936 in St. Louis, Missouri to D. W. and Edith McCord. The family soon moved to Texas where Charlotte would attend and graduate from Garland HS where she met the love of her life, "Jimmie" Owens. They married on December 18, 1954 and had three children, Julie, John and Brian. In 1970, the family moved to Athens where Charlotte became very active in the community, church and her children's schools. She enjoyed her time serving with the Clint Murchison Memorial Library, Friends of the Library, American Cancer Society, Labor of Love, Meals on Wheels and the Blackeyed Pea Cookoff. She freely gave her time to the United Methodist Women at First UMC of Athens and served on many committees and boards including bell choir, financial secretary and Sunday School teacher. She even prepared her famous dressing for years for the church-wide Thanksgiving dinner. Rich in love, family and friendship, Charlotte was known for her amazing sense of humor, generous nature, kitchen skills and as being a "second Mom" and Grannie to many. In spare time she loved to travel with Jim, visiting many places in the US as well as around the world. She also enjoyed time playing Bridge and years attending Cooking Club and Jazzercise. Her survivors include her loving husband of 61 years, Jim Owens; daughter Julie Alston and husband Todd of Lufkin; son John and spouse Felipe Medrado of Houston; son Brian and wife Julie of Mansfield; grandchildren Ben and wife Winnie Owens of Hong Kong, Stephen Alston and fiancé Jacklyn Hancock, Meghan Owens, Elise Matheny, Karli Owens and Bayli Owens; great grandchild Naomi Matheny; sister Roberta Svien; sisters-in-law Anita and Don Mitchell; and Margie and Bill Hazelip. She was preceded in death by her parents; in-laws John R. and Lillian Owens; and brothers-in-law John Owens and wife Jodie and Arlon Svien. Visitation will be held at Carroll-Lehr funeral home in Athens on Tuesday, May 10, from 5-7. A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, May 11 at 2 pm at the First United Methodist Church in Athens with Rev. Faulk Landrum and Rev. Andrew Wolfe officiating. Interment will follow at the Athens City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Charlotte would love contributions be made to the Friends of the Library or the charity of your choice. Pallbearers will be Ben Owens, Stephen Alston, Tom Corn, Bill Lawrence, Bob Davis and DeWayne Hallmark. Honorary pallbearers are the United Methodist Women of FUMC Athens.
Published on May 9, 2016
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