He was born July 11, 1933, in Bradley County. He was a member of First United Methodist Church. He worked for Burlington Industries and retired from M&M Mars. He was a veteran of the U.S Army.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Ethel Brackin Ownby; son, Steven Neil Ownby; sister, Diciephine Ownby; and brother, Sherrell Ownby.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Judy Brown Ownby of Cleveland; son, John and wife, Robin Ownby, of Cleveland; grandchildren: Sarah and Josh Mullis of Cleveland, Brian Ownby of Murfreesboro and Chris and Lindsey Ownby of Cleveland; great-grandchild, Isaac Ownby of Cleveland; one sister, Myrtle Ownby and husband, Ray; two brothers: Adrian Ownby and wife, Diane, and Charles Ownby, all of Cleveland; sister-in-law, Mary Selma Ownby of Knoxville; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23. 2012, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with Pastors: Lu Crandall and Tom Seay officiating.
Interment will follow in Hilcrest Memorial Gardens with John Ownby, Chris Ownby, Brian Ownby, Josh Mullis, Bill Ownby and Jeff Ownby serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. this evening and Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to First United Methodist Church Choir, 3425 Ocoee St. N., Cleveland, TN 37312 or Friends of the Smokies.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Ownby family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.