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“Patty, Roger and family, You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you love and strength. The stories I've heard over the years always...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Gianna Solari

“We were so saddened to hear about the passing of Mr Ownby. I have always had high regards for him and the rest of the family.I know Mom was very...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Rusty Bailey - Hebron, KY

“With Deepest Sympathy. Chris Crippen ”
3 of 21 | Posted by: Chris Crippen - Knoxville , TN

“You and your family are in my heart and prayers now and in the future Patty. My mom was saddened to hear of Don's passing as well. I'm sure my dad...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Carole Catlett Schram - Knoxville, TN

“While I was a student at UT I had the pleasure of working with Don at MTAS. I consider him a mentor. Never have I met a more kind, gentle person...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Christie (Caldwell) Dowling - TN

“Pattie, I am sorry for your loss of Don. It was a pleasure to have known him. May God bless you and know you are in my thoughts. Raymond of...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Raymond Spires - Andersonville,, TN

“Love and prayers to Patty and family. Leah and Noonie ”
7 of 21 | Posted by: Noonie and Leah Whitaker - TN

“thinking of the family ”
8 of 21 | Posted by: Jerry DeVault - Luttrell, TN

“Patty, I am praying for you today as you and your family celebrate Don's homecoming. I know that you had a blessed life with Don and will miss him...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Charlie Williams - Rome, GA

“My sincere condolences to Mrs. Ownby, Roger and the rest of the family. It is my hope and prayer that God will see you through this time and give...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Dean Lewis - Knoxville, TN

“Patty, Hans Christian Andersen is quoted as saying "A human life is a story told by God." I believe this to be true. The story God wrote for Don...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Diana Caldwell - TN

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this period of mourning. Remember the good times. ”
12 of 21 | Posted by: Carole Glodney - Culver City, CA

“I met Don when I traveled to Knoxville to meet with Patty, John Bohm and Johrita Solari to discuss training goals for NAHMA. Don and Patty had...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Nancy Hogan - Boston, MA

“Deepest Sympathy . God bless . Randy Shepard Family Friend ”
14 of 21 | Posted by: Randy Shepard - Family Friend

“Patty, we are so sorry to learn of your loss. You and your family are in our prayers. May the Lord bring peace and comfort to you during this time....Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: barbara womters=alers - lmpxvo;;e, TN

“Dear Patty, Please accept my deepest sympathies at this very sad time. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Kris...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Kris Cook - Alexandria, VA

“We always enjoyed Don's and your visit for our Parkinson' meetings. Love and prayers for you Patty and your family. He will be missed. ”
17 of 21 | Posted by: Karen and Don Sampsell - TN

“I was so sorry to learn of Don passing away. My love and prayers are with all the family...Always, Eva ”
18 of 21 | Posted by: Eva Owenby Harris - Lake Como, FL

“Patty, my thoughts and prayers are for you and your family. The memories of the past 55 years will always be in your heart. May God ease your pain...Read More »
19 of 21 | Posted by: Sondra Wimbs - Cordova, TN

“Ms. Patty and family: My sincere prayers and sympathy to all of you. I was privileged to meet Mr Ownby many times with Ms Patty at SAHMA events....Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: James T Long - Dalton, GA

“Patty, we are so sorry to hear of Don's passing. Your love and devotion was always apparent. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. ...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Barbara Boeing


OWNBY, DON W. – age 82 of Powell, Tennessee, left to be with his Lord from his home where he was surrounded by family and friends on February 3, 2013, at 4:30 pm. He was a long-time member of Cumberland Baptist Church and Rev. Eugene Fleming's "over fifty-five" Sunday School Class and had served his church as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher, as well as in a number of other capacities. He loved his Sunday School Class and he loved his church. He was a University of Tennessee College of Law graduate and was awarded a Doctor of Jurisprudence by the Trustees of the University of Tennessee. He retired from the Municipal Technical Advisory Service at the University of Tennessee in 1991 after serving more than 34 years as a Municipal Law Consultant where he developed and refined the codification process still in use at MTAS. In 1980 he received the IPS Outstanding Public Service Professional Award and in 1990 he was awarded the MTAS Cornerstone Award for his long and dedicated service to MTAS. He began his military service as a member of the Army ROTC in high school and at the University of Tennessee and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant Infantry before being transferred to the Judge Advocate General's Corps after graduating from law school. He retired as a Colonel in the United States Army Reserve with over 30 years of service. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend, who loved nothing more than spending time and sharing his ice cream with his family and friends. He loved his family and he loved his friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arvin and Nettie Ownby; his brother, Hugh G. Ownby; and infant daughter, Robin Lee Ownby. Survivors: loving wife of fifty-five years, Patty Ownby; son and daughter-in-love, David and Priscilla Ownby; son, Roger Ownby; three beautiful and loving granddaughters, Kacie, Alissa, and Lauren Ownby; sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Fred Young; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jimmy and Sue Ownby, and Rex and Patsy Ownby; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Jennings; and all his special nieces and nephews who he loved so dearly. Special thanks to all his doctors and caretakers. The family will receive friends from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm Thursday, February 7, 2013, at Cumberland Baptist Church (5600 Western Ave, Knoxville, TN 37921). A Celebration of Life will follow at 7:30 pm with Dr. Kerry Bond and Mr. Charles Roach officiating. Family and friends will meet at 10:30 am Friday, February 8, 2013, at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel and travel in procession to East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery ( 2200 East John Sevier Highway) for a 11:30 am interment service where he will be laid to rest with full military honors presented by the Tennessee Army National Guard. Pallbearers will be Charlie Roach, Stewart Grady, Gayle Caughron, Jim Alexander, John Hatmaker, and J.C. Bowman, as well as, all the members of his Sunday School Class. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Cumberland Baptist Church. Online obituary may be viewed and condolences extended at www.rosemortuary.com.