Most kind and heavenly Father, please help us to write the obituary of our loving father, grandfather, brother
and uncle, Milford Owens. He was born on June 30, 1918 to the late Noah Shannon and Hettie Deel Owens
and peacefully went to rest on August 14, 2006. He was 88 years, 1 month and 14 days old. His loving wife
and companion of 48 years, Myrtle Ramey Owens, preceded him in death on April 22, 1989. Also preceding
him in death were three brothers, Berlin, Jennings and Eugene; three sisters, Fannie, Margaret and Mary Jane;
and a best friend, Elder Ervin O’Quinn. His survivors include a daughter, Wanda Willis, and a son, Wayne
Owens, both of home; a brother, Clyde and Flornia Owens of Vansant; grandchildren, Carolea and Jerry
Newsome of Haysi, and Phillip (P.D.) and Sherry Willis of Breaks; great grandchildren, Miranda Newsome and
Shaun Newsome; step-great granddaughter, Tonya Dawson; step-great -great grandchildren, Ava and Nadia;
sisters-in-law, Lucille Owens of Kentucky, and Narcia and Jim Branham of Bristol, Virginia; brother-in-law, Earl
Ramey of Clinchco; best friend, Jack Fuller of Haysi; and a host of nieces, nephews and special friends
throughout the community.
Daddy was a veteran of World War II, a coal miner and a carpenter. He didn’t belong to any church,
however, he was strong in the Old Regular Baptist faith and he lived and testified daily for the Lord. Daddy
never got over losing our mother and he wanted to go home to be with her where he felt they would dwell with
the Lord, our Savior, forever.
It is so very hard here at home without our parents, but we know they are resting and without pain. Our
sorrow is great, but we were taught well and if we live as Daddy did then we may someday dwell with him and
Mother along with the Father in our Heavenly home. All then will be well.
Written by Wanda and Wayne.