John Owens

John Garnet Owens

Friday, November 27th, 1936 - Friday, August 16th, 2019
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John Garnet Owens
November 27, 1936 - August 16, 2019

Mr. Owens, known as Garnet to his South Carolina family, and affectionately as Papa John to his Georgia family, passed away at Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, GA.
Garnet was born in Seneca, SC, on November 27, 1936, to William Ray and Mary Inez Patricia Owens. Garnet was the last surviving of the nine children born to his parents. Garnet attended Easley High School where he played football, and met, then married the mother of his children. Garnet entered the United States Army as a young man, before settling down to raise his family.
Professionally, John dabbled in various ventures including furniture sales and a real estate development venture. At the time of his retirement, John was an owner of Atlanta Baggage Express, pleasing busy travelers by reuniting them with their misplaced luggage.
Known to all as having a sweet, welcoming heart, Papa John was kind to not only his natural and bonus families, but to all relations and friends of his myriad family members. Papa John favored cigars, poker, South Carolina College Football, country music, children and sweets. No one who knew Papa John is without a memory of him enjoying a bowl of ice cream, a piece of cake, or a slice of Mrs. Edwards lemon pie.
Mr. Owens was predeceased by his eldest son, John Garnet Owens, Jr., and is survived by his wife of many years, Barbara Harper Owens, as well as his son, Walter Ray Owens. Through his two sons, Papa John is survived by three granddaughters. Garnet Elise Owens, Chelsea Claire Owens, and Margaret Louise Owens have collectively provided him with four great grandchildren; William Desmond, Adrian Lestat, Hazel Jayn, and Juniper Vera Lane. Owing to his marriage to Barbara, Papa John was also blessed to be loved and survived by Carolyn and Jerry Styles; Susan, Chris, Matthew, Jacqueline, and Blake & Luke Rusch; and Brenda, Jim and Jacob Kunkle.
A memorial service will be held at Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, Georgia, on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 10:30am.
Due to cemetery limitations, in lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a veterans charity like the Fisher House Foundation (
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    Thursday, August 29th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Thursday, August 29th, 2019 10:30am
    Georgia National Cemetery
    1080 Veterans Cemetery Road
    CANTON, GA 30114
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Larry Wade

Posted at 09:39am
One would be hard pressed to find a more noble or truer friend than, Big John Owens. Soft spoken and generous to a fault, Big John will certainly be missed. Rest in peace, old friend. Our condolences go out to his wife, Barbara, his surviving son, Ray, and to their families. ~Larry Wade

Chris, Susan and Jacqueline Rusch

Posted at 07:40pm
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