George Melvin Owen
George Melvin Owen, 83, of the Prairie Grove Community, passed away on May 25, 2013, at his residence.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 29, at 10 a.m. at Prairie Grove Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Prairie Grove Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 at Porter Funeral Home.
Mr. Owen was born on Jan. 29, 1930, in Robinson County to Opie and Ruth Owen. He was raised by his stepmother, Ella Bell Wedgeman Owen, due to his mother passing at an early age. He was in a blended family of 12 brothers and two sisters.
He married Janet Sterling Owen on July 2, 1951. He picked cotton, worked at Mexia Country Club, Harvest Queen Grainery Cotton Mill in Mexia, service station. He served two years in the National Guard, Missouri Air Force Academy, worked at NASA Space Center in Houston, Colorado Springs Air Force Academy and San Diego Navy Base. He received certification of master floor covering, worked at Sun Control Flooring in Phoenix, Arizona, and installed many floors in Limestone County churches and residential homes.
He raised goats and loved gardening and working with his hands, such as doing woodworking and mechanical work. Melvin was a master of all and a jack of all trades. He could pick up any instrument and play it. He was always a father and grandfather figure to many. He never met a stranger and loved to talk, and was a good listener.
Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother; daughters Diane Harris and Linda Owen; brothers Elton Owen, Bill Wedgeman and Alton Owen; sisters Hazel Owen and Louise Wedgeman Anderson; and grandson Andrew Shockley.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, 10 months and 21 days, Janet Sterling Owen; son, George Owen and wife Debbie; daughter Jan Curtis and husband Steve; brothers Glenn Owen and wife Bell, Billy Joe Owen, Henry Owen and wife Charlene, Modock Owen and wife Sylvia, Jessie Owen and wife Shirley, Gary Owen and wife Diana, James Owen and wife Dean, Clifton Wedgeman and wife Deanna, and Alvis Wedgeman and wife Jo Ann; grandchildren Sheila Shockley and husband Lonnie, Robbie Maxville and wife Lutchi, Stacy Leger and husband Charles, Kendall Curtis and wife Barbara, Chris Curtis, Stephanie Wedgeman, Mike Harris Jr., Nick Woody and Stephanie Woody; great-grandchildren Jonathan Ray and wife Cheyenne, Chance Shockley, Chelsea Beldin, Gage Leger, Timothy Shockley and wife Tammy, Elizabeth Shockley, Adam Watson, Caitlyn Watson, Herchel Maxville, Lilu Maxville, Mattie Curtis, Kalel Curtis; great-great grandchildren Samantha Ray, Mia Shockley, Greyson Shockley, Ryan Leluex, Sarah Leluez, Bordy Wallace and Brantley Bellah.
Serving as pallbearers are Wayne Sterling, Michael Sterling, Jerry Watkins, Ernie Whitener, Tom Page and Don Brock. Honorary pallbearers are Lonnie Shockley, Charles Leger, Jonathan Ray, Robbie Maxville, Chris Curtis and Kendall Curtis.
The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support.
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Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.