Mr. Willie Eddie Owens

E. Stefan Morris

Obituary for Mr. Willie Eddie Owens

December 18, 1946
to
January 24, 2020

Willie Eddie Owens was born December 18, 1946 in Damascus, Arkansas to the union of William Jethro and Louchia Owens. His siblings included Margia Trotter, Elizabeth Shedrick and Retha June Owens.
Willie confessed Christ Jesus at an early age and gave his life to the Lord when he joined Zion Grove Baptist Church under Pastor R. A. Donald.
Willie attended and completed his education in the Menifee, Arkansas Public School system. He graduated from Conway County Training School in 1965, previously known as East Side High School, where he played football and enjoyed being part of the school choir. He also loved his graduating class who were more than just school mates, they were an unbreakable family that he talked about often.
After graduation, Willie moved to Kansas City, Missouri and began a 30- year career with General Motors where he retired. He then went in to business for himself owning WEO Tucking, a dump truck service, up unto his death. Kansas City is also where he met and married the love of his life, Viola Briggs, in 1967. They were the proud parents of Senta and Milene who were their main focus. They cherished raising them according to Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
The biggest joy of the last 22 years has been his involvement with his grandchildren. He cherished his time with them going out to eat, hanging out at his house, traveling, attending sporting events and taking them to work with him on his dump truck. He loved his FAMILY deeply; FAMILY was very important to him.
Willie was a man who loved the Lord. If you knew him and ever had a conversation with him, he wouldn’t end without saying something about Jesus. He has left a Legacy that we will live on forever. He was very proud to be a member of Community Mission Baptist Church which he joined 47 years ago under the leadership of Pastor Charles D. Bell, Sr. and served faithfully as part of the Male Chorus, Usher Board and as the Church Treasurer. Community Mission Baptist Church, now known as Community Mission Praise and World Outreach Center, is currently under the leadership of Pastor Eartherline Downs.
Willie departed this life on January 24, 2020 and entered his walk with Christ. He is preceded in death by: his wife Viola (Briggs) Owens; father, William Jethro Owens; mother, Louchia (Criswell) Owens; and sister Retha June Owens.
He leaves to cherish his memory: devoted daughters, Senta (Terry) Barrett and Milene Owens, two sisters, Margia (Maxie) Trotter of Pulaski, TN and Elizabeth Shedrick of Los Angeles, CA; Great Aunt Wilather Lewis; five grandchildren, Cydnee Miller, Derrick William Miller, Langston Porter, Jasmine Shabazz and Joslyn Bowman. Three God children, Resean (Kevin) Bowman, Eric Bell and Stephanie Bell; and special friends of his daughters, Terry Mason, Lisa (Gary) Black, Tanya Saunders, Regina (Eric) Cain, and Tambra Richardson, who he loved like his own; and a host of brothers and sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends, too many to name.

Visitation Details

Date and Time:

Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Location:

Canaan Worship Center

5333 East Bannister Road. Kansas City, Missouri 64137

Service Details

Date and Time:

Saturday, February 1, 2020 at
12:00 PM

Location:

Canaan Worship Center

5333 East Bannister Road. Kansas City, Missouri 64137

Interment Details

Interment Type: Cemetery

XII Gates Memorial Gardens

9500 Elm St. Kansas City, Missouri 64134

Professional Services Entrusted to Elite Funeral Chapel 11525 Blue Ridge Blvd. Kansas City, MO. 64134. Tel: (816) 765-0141 Fax (816) 765-5500