October 9, 2016
Edward “Eddie” Owings went to be with his Lord and Savior on October 8, 2016, at 89 years of age. He was born on November 7, 1926, to Thomas Dock Owings, Sr. and Zola Katherine Henderson Owings. A native of Rockwood, Tennessee, Eddie was a veteran of World War II, volunteering for service in 1944 (1944-1946). During World War II, he was in the U.S. Navy and served on LCT #540, a Landing Craft Tank. After World War II, Eddie pursued his college degree at Tennessee Polytechnic Institute (TPI) – now Tennessee Technological University (TTU), graduating with a bachelor of science in accounting. Following graduation in 1949, he pursued a career with Y-12 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He accounted for nuclear materials in the Y-12 plant for nearly 40 years (1951-1991). Upon retirement from Y-12, he performed contract accounting for the nuclear industry for another 18 years. For over 60 years, Eddie was a member of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM), an international professional society devoted to the safe, secure and effective stewardship of nuclear materials, serving as its secretary for a period of time. In addition, he opened his own accounting practice in his hometown of Rockwood in 1991 and operated that firm for over 10 years. During his distinguished professional career, he was first a public accountant (P.A.) and later certified as a CPA. It should not go without saying that beginning in 1950 (and spanning for some 55 years), Eddie also worked evenings and weekends during the ‘tax season’ (January – April) preparing taxes to make additional money to care for his beloved ailing wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Joe Owings, to whom he was married for 37 years.
Over the years, Eddie was very active in his community and his church, being of the Baptist faith, and held a number of leadership roles in civic organizations and in local government as well as being a deacon (Ordained May, 1954) of his church. He was elected in 1964 to the Roane County Board of Education and served as an elected board member for 20 years, with 4 of those as its chairman. He was on the Roane County Vocational School Board for 4 years. He was elected to the Rockwood City Council in 1993 and served as an elected councilman for 8 years. He was on the Rockwood Electric Utility Board for 6 years and also served 4 years on the Rockwood Planning Commission. He was a member of the Rockwood Civitan Club. He became a Trustee of the Oak Grove Cemetery Association in 1993, a lifetime appointment, and served for well over 20 years as its President. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons (F&AM) Masonic Lodge #403 for over 65 years, beginning in 1949, and of American Legion Post #50 for over 70 years, beginning in 1945. He was a member of the Walden Ridge Antique Car Club for over 15 years serving as its president for a period of time.
After the death of his wife Betty Joe, Eddie married a wonderful lady, Berylene Ferguson Campbell. They were married for 24 enjoyable years until her death in 2011.
Family members who preceded Eddie in death were: sisters Sammye Owings Myers, Betty Owings Martin, and Judy Owings Wassom; brothers Thomas Dock Owings, Jr. and Jack H. Owings; sister-in-law Reba Owings; brothers-in-law Richard Martin, Stanley Wassom and Maurice Tait.
Children: Katherine Owings Casey (Dr. Robert R. Casey) and John
Edward Owings (Margaret C. Owings)
Grandchildren: Katy Casey McCall (Andy McCall), Robert Reid Casey (Tara
Casey), John Casey Owings, and Barrett Randolph Owings
Great Grandchildren: Kyker McCall, Luke McCall, Sloane Casey, and Quinn Casey
Sister: Lynne Owings Tait
Sisters-in-law: MaryAnn Owings and Nora Lee Owings
Many nieces, nephews, family members and countless friends.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the South Harriman Baptist Church in Harriman, Tennessee. Masonic service and funeral will follow at 7:00 with Rev. Matthew Edwards officiating. Internment and graveside services will be held on Wednesday, October 12th, at 11:00 am in Oak Grove Cemetery in Rockwood, Tennessee, with full military honors by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard and the Roane County Military Memorial Honor Guard. In Lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made in Eddie’s name to the South Harriman Baptist Church in Harriman. Evans Mortuary is serving the Owings Family.