Robert Farrell Owens

8 July, 194420 November, 2020

Robert Farrell Owens, age 76, of Nashville, TN passed away Friday, November 20, 2020 due to complications from a heart attack.

Farrell is preceded in death by his parents Leonard and Laura Lankford Owens. He is survived by daughters Paige (David) Patton and Ashley (Drew) Thomas, grandchildren Charlotte and Foster Patton, former wife Kim Ezell Owens, and sisters Peggy (Bob) Loggins, Linda Ogg and Janice Cannady.

Farrell was a graduate of Cohn High School (class of 1963) and David Lipscomb College (class of 1968), where he was an outstanding baseball player. After graduation he was a high school baseball coach, teacher and summer league coach. His passion for baseball soon led him to become general manager and original part-owner of the Nashville Sounds. He later worked for Purity Dairies and started a baseball newspaper in 1989 called The Sandlotter to promote amateur baseball in the greater Nashville area.

Farrell served on the board of the Cohn High Alumni Association and the Nashville Old Timers Baseball Association. He also served on the advisory board for Music City Baseball, an organization committed to bringing major league baseball to Nashville. He was a member of the Nashville Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame and the Lipscomb University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Farrell loved his family more than anything and his greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren. His warm friendly presence will be greatly missed by his family, countless friends and at ball parks throughout middle Tennessee.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a drive-through visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 24 from 12-3pm at Lipscomb University. Guests will be asked to enter the campus from Belmont Blvd. and then will be directed from there. Guests will be asked to remain in their cars as they drive by and speak with the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lipscomb University Baseball in memory of Farrell Owens or to a charity of your choice.


  • Drive-thru Gathering of Family and Friends

    Tuesday, 24 November , 2020


Robert Farrell Owens

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Terry Kay Clouse Phipps

23 November 2020

I noticed that no one from the CHS class of 1980 has left a message, so here goes...
I was lucky enough to help out with the Alumni Association many recent years as a class representative in a few meetings and also the yearly Homecoming/BBQ. That's how I met Farrell. I also helped him with the News on the website of deaths of the '70s and '80s graduates that I knew about.

I am so very sorry for your loss of Farrell. He was a very wonderful person and will surely be missed, but never forgotten. He had such a wonderful personality and made me feel right at home with the Alumni of Cohn. Thanks to him I've met, and re-met many people from my past. He had a humor you just had to figure out for yourself, and so much dedication and energy. He'll be missed by all that knew him from CHS.

I pray for comfort for all of his family and close friends. May God bless all of you.
And for Farrell,
Rest in peace, my friend.
You've ran your race, and won.
God Speed,
Terry Kay
Class of 1980

Stella Nash

23 November 2020

Peggy, so sorry to hear about Farrell's passing. My ❤️ goes out to you and all the family. My sister Barbara is same age as Farrel and we've been told that it's a matter of time before she, too, will pass. I remember fondly worshipping with your wonderful Mom and Dad many years ago at Fairview. I know they were very proud of their fine son. And they're Happy to see him again.

Jean Caillouette

22 November 2020

He worked so hard for Cohn Alumni, called me just a short time before heart attack. Was evidently planning something at our next reunion, for older alumni. Always so kind, will miss him so very much. Such big shoes to fill

Billy Griggs

22 November 2020

Farrell and I had many conversations over the years and have been on many projects together. He was one of my closest friends and I will cherish our friendship forever. He was one of the good guys and he loved his daughters and grandchildren beyond belief.

Tommy GlasgowPhd

22 November 2020

My late brother and I knew Farrell almost all our lives. We played baseball together. His father coached my team for several years. I feel blessed that I knew such a good man!

Kenneth Head

22 November 2020

We are very sorry to hear about the loss of Farrell. He was a good friend .... knew him at church, Lipscomb, and TPS. Our knowledge of the Owens family goes back to his Uncle Clifford and Aunt Becky at the Cooperstown Church of Christ.

He will be greatly missed and we certainly express sympathy to his family and friends. It is our hope that the sadness of his loss will (with time) be changed to pleasant memories.


Kenneth and Linda Head