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UNION — Mr. William E. “Bill Owenby left us Nov. 9, 2013 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. He was married for 64 years to his wife, Jane Wood Owenby.


Mr. Owenby was born Dec. 10, 1928, a son of Inez Toney Owenby and J.F. Owenby. He was a member of First Baptist Church since 1949. Mr. Owenby was a GED graduate of Union High School and had attended Wofford College. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served aboard USS Little Rock in World War II. Mr. Owenby was an insurance agent for Nationwide Insurance Company. He loved his church, his family, many friends and his pets. Mr. Owenby was a Wofford and Clemson fan and was happy when trying to play golf.


Surviving in addition to his wife Jane are three sons, William Barry Owenby and wife Valerie of Alexandria, VA, James Christopher “Chris” Owenby and wife Tongaa of Ulan Bator, Mongolia and John Preston Owenby of Spartanburg; two brothers, Jerry Owenby of Lancaster and Warren Ezell Owenby of Goodsville, TN; a brother-in-law, Joe Davis of Spartanburg; four granddaughters, Ruth Owenby, Rebekah Diaz, Joy Owenby and Abigail Owenby; three great-grandchildren, Logan Diaz, William Diaz and Jordan Diaz and a number of nieces and nephews.


Mr. Owenby was predeceased by a sister, Doris Jean Davis; and four brothers, Carl “Red” Owenby, Toney Owenby, James Owenby and Arthur Owenby.


Funeral services will be held 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Union conducted by the pastor of the church, Rev. Rick Pendleton and Rev. Chris Owenby. Burial will be in Union Memorial Gardens.


Serving as active pallbearers will be Jim Coleman, Mickey Wingo, Neil Howell, Thad Strom, Bobby Hicks and Ben Wages.


Honorary pallbearer will be Gene Logan.


Visitation will be held 1:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday in the fellowship hall of the church prior to the service.


Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church General Fund, 405 E. Main Street, Union, SC 29379 or to a charity of one’s choice.


SR Holcombe Funeral Home


(www.holcombefuneralhomes.com)

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