OBITUARY

Basil Wayne Owens

September 14, 1940April 20, 2021
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Wayne Owens gained his heavenly wings on Tuesday April 20, 2021 with his loving wife of 40 years, Helen, holding his hand. Wayne retired from Alcoa Aluminum after 18 years. Following retirement, he enjoyed running his own custom auto paint and body work business. Anyone who knew Wayne, knew he did not like to sit idle, in his later years, he enjoyed assembling bicycles at Walmart where he made many new friendships. Wayne and Helen attended Dotson Memorial Baptist Church faithfully for 33 years. Following church on Sunday afternoons, Wayne could be found parked in front of the TV watching every minute of each NASCAR race. Through the years, Wayne had many special friends that he held closer than a brother. On Saturday nights, he and Curtis Crass enjoyed years of dirt car races under the night lights. Don Sparks and Wayne, never found a journey too far to capture the perfect shot of a powerful locomotive barreling down the tracks. Kyle Mynatt was more than a co-worker as their friendship was lifelong. Gary Campola and Wayne enjoyed many laughs as they assembled hundreds of bicycles at Walmart. Wayne and his family enjoyed spending time together, eating good food, and enjoying big belly laughs. Wayne enjoyed a heavenly reunion with his Mother and Father, Shady and Gladys Owens and sister, Linda Titlow. He is survived by one sister, Paula and her late husband Pete Hampton of Summerville, GA. Two daughters, Elaine and Jim Law of Maryville, TN and Annette Ervin of Maryville, TN. Sons Jeff and Karen Owen of Sweetwater, TN and Rick and Robin Owen of Maryville, TN. Grandchildren Aaron and Heidi Owen of Maryville, TN, Jared and Caitlin Law of Maryville, TN, Brittany and Joseph Haynes of Athens, TN, Alisha and Terry Rodgers of Knoxville, TN, and Allison and Kris Tindell of Sweetwater, TN. Wayne was blessed to enjoy each of his Great Grandchildren, Aubree Zimmer, twins Boston and Neyland Morrow, Allen Law, Willow Owen, Reagan Rodgers, Wilson Owen, and Asher Tindell. The family will receive friends on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Sherwood Chapel and Memorial Gardens, 3176 Airport Highway, Alcoa, TN 37701. Funeral Service will follow with Dr. Morris Anderson to officiate the service, Entombment will follow directly after the Funeral Service. Online condolences and fond memories can be extended to the family at www.sherwoodchapel.com.

Sherwood Chapel & Memorial Gardens 3176 Airport Highway Alcoa, TN 37701

865-970-2955

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 24, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, April 24, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, April 24, 2021

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Mary Evelyn (Munsey) McMahan

April 25, 2021

To Wayne's family & friends, we express our sincere sympathy. You are each in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort and strengthen each of you as only He can.
Wayne, Paula, and Linda lived near us when we were growing up. They lived across the road from my grandmother, and got their water from a spring on Grandma's farm. Grandma always loved how clean Shady kept the spring branch that the pipe ran thru to their property. We played together over at Grandma's a lot. The only bicycle I ever got to ride was Wayne' s. Gladys and Mama were real good friends. They gave each other perms. They ordered the perm kits from Sears and Roebuck. They were the best neighbors anyone could have. Always so caring and helpful. I remember calling Wayne a few years before his Mom passed away and he gave me her phone number and I called her and she remembered the good old days and the great times we children had playing together. What precious memories of a sweet family. What a reunion that will be when we all get to Heaven! Mary Evelyn & Roy McMahan

Jack Curtis

April 24, 2021

I will miss my visits' from my good friend Wayne when he would often come to Athens. He will be greatly missed.

Frank LaRue

April 23, 2021

I really enjoyed my time spent with Wayne...usually Don Sparks was with us and we would go to McDonald's, Hardee's , Burger King or Krystal. Wayne's special since of humor and stories of daily events were great to hear. He always had that pleasant personality that everyone liked!
Condolences to Helen and family... I will miss Wayne until one day we will all be together!

Phyllis Phipps

April 23, 2021

Spent many days talking with Wayne at Walmart 411 . Talked about the rides he would take on his bike and how he loved it. He
will be solely missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to Helen and her family at this difficult time. 🙏

Bug Mei

April 23, 2021

I am thankful for meeting Owen, when I first moved here. He, Don Sparks and I rode our Harleys all over TN. We visited many train depots over the three years of riding. Wayne was instrumental in getting me hired at Walmart. He was fun to be with. RIP brother. See you in the wind.

Paulette Keith

April 22, 2021

Wayne, never knew your name was Basil. Your sweet wife loved you so. Our church loved you and misses you. Hang with The Big Guy now.

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