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Bro. Donald Owens

Funeral services for Bro. Donald Owens will be 2:00 P.M. Friday, October 14, 2022, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lebanon with Pastor Evan Owens, Bro. W. D. Thomason and Pastor Jeff Pratt officiating.  Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens with Eld. Tanner Troutt officiating.  Visitation Thursday 3-8 PM and Friday 10 AM -1:45 PM at Immanuel Baptist Church.

Bro. Owens, age 89 of Lebanon passed away Sunday, October 9, 2022, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Born Ray Donald Owen on March 30, 1933, in Smithville, Tennessee, he is the son of the late Willie and Ethel Ballinger Owen.  He attended elementary school in Dekalb County and his first two years of high school at Harrison Chilhowee Baptist Academy.  He graduated from Dekalb County High School in 1951, and attended Middle Tennessee State University for three years.  Bro. Owens was saved at the age of nine, and accepted the call to preach at the age of thirteen.  He was ordained to the gospel ministry on October 4, 1947, and had been in the pastorate since the age of eighteen.  He had pastored Green Hill Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, Bradley’s Creek Baptist Church in Milton, Rutledge Falls Baptist Church in Tullahoma, Shellsford Baptist Church in McMinnville, Immanuel Baptist Church in Lebanon from 1963 to 2000, and had been the pastor of Dry Creek Baptist Church in Dowelltown since 2001.   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of sixty nine years, Audrey Parker Owens on July 10, 2021; grandson, Destry Nave; sister, Carlyne Dickey, and brother, Edwin Owen.

He is survived by three children: David (Mary) Owens, Terry (Nancy) Owens, and Krisa (Jason) Bush; grandchildren: Joel (Erin) Owens, Evan (Megan) Owens, Grant Owens, Callie (Ethan) Farley, Jake Bush, and Jordan Bush; great grandchildren: Colbie Owens, Murphy Jane Nave, Rhett Owens, Mack Owens, and Maeve Farley; and s sister, Georgia Hawker.

Honorary pallbearers: Great grandchildren, and members of Dry Creek Baptist Church.

Active pallbearers: Joel, Evan & Grant Owens, Jake & Jordan Bush, Callie & Ethan Farley, and Charles Parker.

***The funeral service for Bro. Owens will be live streamed. Log onto Immanuel Baptist Church website (www.ibctn.org). On home page go to watch live services.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME of Lebanon (615) 444-2142   www.ligonbobo.com

Messages for the Family

  1. Anne Donnell says:
    Brother Owens was a good friend to us; I remember him fondly and believe him to be a great man of the faith.
  2. Debbie Robertson says:
    Sorry for your loss. Bro. Owens was always good to Charles and my self.
    • Earnie says:
      The man was born to preach,
      No telling how many lives he changed
      • Sharon Kelley says:
        Cannot imagine our loving church Dry Creek Baptist being without him. Such a beautiful person who loved so deeply and demonstrated that to everyone he met.
  3. Teresa vanatta says:
    Such a good man , my daddy was Ken Morgan who thought the world of bro. Owens . I never saw him after my dad passed that he didn’t tell me that my dad was the best friend he ever had . Bless this family
  4. Lee Farmer DeLozier says:
    Bro. Owens was the pastor I grew up with since going to Immanuel all my life until I married at 19 yrs old. My mother Maxine and brother George continued at Immanuel until they died. He baptized me, Dee and Debbie! Thoughts and prayers for the family. RIP!
  5. Angela O’Connell says:
    Bro Owens was a great paster person friend to all us we only knew him 9 years but blessed us tremendously u will b missed praying for everyone love the O’Connells
  6. Marilyn Henry Goodhue says:
    What a life Brother Owens has lived, and what lives he has changed though his many years of ministry! I so appreciated his messages from the pulpit, his friendship and concern for my family and me, the time he came to stay with me during testing in the hospital, and most especially when he baptized me in the river! All wonderful memories and blessings! Many prayers for his precious family during this difficult time! May God bless you all richly!
  7. Donnie and Lynn Winfree says:
    Bro. Owens came to the hospital in Nashville when my son was born on his first day to be Pastor of Immanuel. I was his first visit and he was my first visitor. He has never stopped ministering to all people.. didn’t matter if you were a member of our church or not. He has faithfully carried out the Great Commission and ministering to everyone. The world was a better place because of him. He will be greatly missed.
  8. June Ross Lloyd says:
    Joel and Erin, David and Mary and all ot family please accept my deepest sympathy. I remember him well at your wedding Joel and Erin. I know he will be missed by many!
    • Anita Flatt says:
      Our family, especially my father, Chester Sorrells , loved Brother and Mrs. Owens. He will be missed so much. But it’s good to know he’s in Heaven with my Mom and Dad. Our sympathies go to all the Owens family.
  9. Joshua S. says:
    Bro. Owens was a good man, and a good preacher. He preached at my grandfather’s funeral , and my grandmas funeral in 2016. He has helped my family in so many ways over the years. You will be Bro. Owens!!!
  10. Barry says:
    I came down my street today n Terry told me, I’ve lived on the same street as he did for 30 yrs. Brother owens was my friend. He was a good man, he sure will be missed . I already miss the talks we had on his back porch. Prays to the family . He spread the word of God up till his time come God bless him
  11. Christina Roehner says:
    Brother Owens was a blessing to our family. We loved him so much . He will surely be missed
  12. Melba Jobe says:
    10/10/2022@9:01 PM; Extending Sincere Condolences, Prayers ( The Book Of Psalm ), & Godly Love to the Family.
  13. Randy & Linda Tramel says:
    Bro. Owens was a kind and wonderful man to everyone, and a devoted Christian. He was the Pastor at Dad’s & Mom’s funeral, and was the best speaker i’ve ever heard. He’s been a friend of the family for many years. He will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
  14. Jackie Perner Malone says:
    What a wonderful salvation preacher and pastor to so many. He will be greatly missed. Love and prayers to his family during this difficult time.
  15. Rita Morgan Misenhelter says:
    I was 5 years old when Bro Owens came to Immanuel. He was truly a different kind of pastor with home visits and hospital visits. I still remember him coming over for a Christmas lunch. My grandmother had made her special boiled custard for dessert . She would never tell him the “secret” ingredient that made it taste so good. Special memories even as a child I’ll always have. I felt he rated in my book right up with Billy Graham. We’ll miss him but know will meet in glory one day.
  16. Rita Misenhelter says:
    I was 5 years old when Bro Owens came to Immanuel. He was truly a different kind of pastor with home visits and hospital visits. I still remember him coming over for a Christmas lunch. My grandmother had made her special boiled custard for dessert . She would never tell him the “secret” ingredient that made it taste so good. Special memories even as a child I’ll always have. I felt he rated in my book right up with Billy Graham. We’ll miss him but know will meet in glory one day.
  17. Wynette Driver Ballard says:
    My family were farmers. When my Dad hurt his leg during one of the biggest snow storms I remember, Bro. Owens trudged through it and came to help my mother milk the cows. I will never forget him for doing that. He would do whatever was needed for his congregation. What a blessing he was! Well done, good and faithful servant!
  18. Betty neely says:
    Words can’t explain what Bros Owens meant to my family. He baptized all of us. He was a friend you could always count on in times of need. When he would call, we would tell him all we needed was to hear his voice. I will miss his voice and so glad he was here to preach Steve Neely funeral. I know they are together in their heavenly home. I will miss you.
  19. Joshua Owen says:
    Such a wonderful man always enjoyed listening to him preach at dry creek we could only been going there for a few months. He will be dearly missed and moves by so many he was always kind to me and my family
  20. Maggie Smith says:
    He left Rutledge Falls Baptist Church to start Summitville First Baptist Church. My grandmother was a founding member. Years later I moved to Lebanon and he was my minister at Immanuel Baptist Church. My grandmother and a few other ladies visited me one Sunday. We sat in the mezzanine and they were thrilled when he saw them from the pulpit and welcomed them. It was a great reunion with Bro and Mrs. Owens and Ms. Sue and the Troublesome Two. Such a cherished memory!
  21. Wanda Y. Stoner says:
    Bro. Donald Owens a fine Christian man. My grandfather Pete Davis loved him dearly and Bro. Owens loved him, he would pick him up and take him to Church and treat him just like he would anyone. His love was real for people. Prayers for his family, friends and church families. He was a precious man doing God’s work.
  22. Tilford Elkins says:
    Brother Owens was the poster child of Christianity. I know of no one more qualified to hear those beloved words, “Enter thou in, thou good and faithful servant, for thine is the Kingdom of Heaven”. Let us all strive to follow Brother Donald’s lead; let us us strive to bring souls to Christ, as commanded to do so. To David and Mary, and all the family, weep not, but rejoice with brother Donald.
  23. Susan Hinton says:
    Bro Don (our cousin) was a great man. What a joy it was to know and hear him preach sermons straight from the anointing hand of God. I watched as he asked parents and grandparents and anyone who wanted to pray for children to come down to the altar and they did two Sundays ago. I watched two children come to the Lord. Oh, how he will be missed on this earth but oh, what a joy he is in heaven with all who have gone before him. He made a difference in this world. I’m happy for him because he is safe on the glory side. Until we meet again, there will be a place empty in our hearts that Bro Don could fill. What powerful sermons you preached because you never faltered from the message, “We have all sinned and come short of the Glory of God, and we must confess of our sins and trust in the Lord.” You practiced the words you preached. You walked the walk. Sincere sympathy sent to all the family. So sorry we are unable to attend as we are out of town. Forever in our hearts. We love you Bro Don Owen.
  24. Kathy Crips says:
    brother Owen baptized me in dry creek he was a wonderful person being there for my family whenever you needed him, God called his loyal servant home, God bless all
  25. Joe & Mia Cummings says:
    Bro Owens has & will always be a mentor in our lives. We will miss him and his wisdom dearly. What a joyful life he led. Heaven is now erupting with great magnitude as he rejoins those who we all love that have gone before him. Condolences to the family and the world.
  26. Sherry Klein says:
    I have known Bro. Owens for over 60 years and like so many others there are so many stories. Such a rock for me during my life. My Dad loved him dearly and he led my daughter to Christ on his back porch over 30 years ago. My heart is with all the family because his loss is so great, but heaven is rejoicing and is celebrating the arrival of a true servant. Angels are singing!♥️ Peace and much love to the entire family.