OBITUARY

Cecil L. Ownby

26 August, 19351 May, 2021
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Cecil L. Ownby, age 85, of Knoxville, Tennessee passed away on Saturday, May 1, 2021. He served his country in both the Army and Navy in both peacetime and active duty. Cecil was a longtime member of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church. He was a certified expert mechanic for his whole life ending his career at Harry Lane Chrysler in 1994.

Preceded in death by his father, Charles Cecil Ownby and his mother, Lena McMahan Wright; and brothers, Dennis Ownby and Melvin Ownby.

Survived by his wife of 56 years, Glenna L. Ownby; children, Tammy (David) Knight, Carol (Steve) Miracle and Cecil E. (Lisa) Ownby; grandchildren, Dewayne (Jenny) Perry, April (Ron) Wireman, Travis Perry, Ryan Perry, Kelly (Jon) Simonian, Krista (Mikey) Shaffer and Aaron Ownby; great-grandchildren, Anna Miracle, Veronica Wireman, Kinley Perry, Kaya Perry and Link Shaffer; sister, Evelyn Moore; and several cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 1:30 to 2:45 PM at Berry Highland Memorial, 5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. A Graveside service will follow at 3:00 PM officiated by Kent Williams.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, 5 May , 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, 5 May , 2021

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Steven Souther

4 May 2021

Good man. He was a good leader . I am a better person by serving with him. CM1 Steven Souther retired
Burnsville NC

Glen Russell

4 May 2021

I had the honor of serving with Cecil for several years in NMCB24. It was an honor to know and serve with him.
Rest In Peace my Brother,
🙏🙏❤️❤️🇺🇸🇺🇸C🐝

Tim Anderson

4 May 2021

Served with the Chief in the Gulf War.. ALPHA COMPANY.. he was a great man.. Sorry for your loss.. WE HAVE THE WATCH..

CHETT WINCHELL

3 May 2021

Was stationed with Cecil in the late '80's in NMCB 24, Det Knoxville. Always a man to look to for positive suggestions and fellowship. A leader among men. You will be missed my fellow Seabee. Bravo Zulu for a job well done, fair Winds and Following Seas my friend .

Chris Sawyer

3 May 2021

Served with Cecil for over twenty years in 20 th RNCR and MCB 24. We went on several active duties together.

E01 Wayne Dean and myself will be there Wednesday.

He will be missed.

CMC Chris Sawyer

David Green

3 May 2021

Cecil was one of the best while in the Navy. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.
I severed with him over in the sand box and had many good times with him. I will forever cherish the time I spent with him.

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