Robert Charles “Bobby” Owens passed away on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019, at Community Hospice in Fort Worth, Texas.
He was born to Richard W. Owens and Bessie L. Robinson Owens on December 12, 1926.
Bobby graduated from Wolfe City High School, attended East Texas State College, and graduated from Gupton-Jones Mortuary School in Dallas. He was one of the “Greatest Generation”, serving his country during World War II with the Army, and Merchant Marines.
He was married to Mineuwan Barker Owens in 1946, who preceded him in death. In 1964, he married Millo Virginia Hammett in Burnet, Texas. Millo and Bobby worked side by side at the funeral home and in their community. They were true partners for life and would have celebrated 55 years of marriage on August 29th of this year.
A friend to all, Bobby cherished his years serving his community as a funeral director, starting to work at R.W. Owens & Son Funeral Home with his father at a very young age. Just last week, he was recognized by the Texas Funeral Directors Association as the longest surviving funeral director in Texas where he had been licensed for 70 years.
Bobby was instrumental in founding the Wolfe City Little League, Webb Hill Country Club, Wolfe City Kiwanis Club, and the Wolfe City Historical Foundation. He served as Secretary/Treasurer of Mount Carmel Cemetery for over 50 years; Treasurer of the Wolfe City Chamber of Commerce; long-time member of the First Baptist Church; Secretary of Wolfe City ISD Board of Trustees and was a leader on the Wolfe City Homecoming Committee for over 30 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mineuwan Barker Owens, his sister Lila Owens Reneau, his grandson Colin Owens, and his brother-in-law Bill Reneau. He is survived by his wife Millo of Wolfe City; son Dick Owens and wife Ola of Wolfe City, and daughter Shannon Owens Schumacher and husband Doug of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Heather Owens Singleton and husband Brad of Austin, Alex, Anna and Adrian Schumacher of Fort Worth; and great-grandchildren Carter and Zane Singleton of Austin.
He leaves a wonderful legacy of loving people and caring for his community. Visitation will be Friday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at R.W. Owens & Son Funeral Home. Service will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Wolfe City.
Gifts of remembrance can be made to Mt. Carmel Cemetery Trust Fund, First Baptist Church Memorial Fund or the Colin Owens Memorial Scholarship.