Garry Lee Owenby

September 30, 1952August 12, 2018

Sophia – Garry Lee Owenby, age 65, passed away on Sunday, August 12, 2018.

A memorial service will be held 1:00 pm Saturday, August 18, 2018, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1475 Fisher Ferry Rd, Thomasville, NC 27360. The family will receive friends at Hillsville Community Center, 9078 Hillsville Road, Trinity, NC, following the service.

Garry was born on September 30, 1952, in Asheville, NC, to the late Walter Owenby and the late Lula Brown Owenby. He was retired from Colors on Parade. Garry was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was baptized in 1992. His faith in God was strong and he longed for God’s promise of the resurrection as in John 5:28 & 29.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Sarah Owenby, just a few short months ago. He was also preceded in death by a son, Justin Owenby; a sister, Carolyn Hinesley; four brothers, Howard Shipman, Bill Shipman, Carl Shipman and Bud Owenby.

Garry is survived by his children, a son, David Owenby and wife Julia of Archdale; two daughters, Melissa Dotson of Lexington and Jennifer Hopkins and husband Johnny of Trinity; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; a sister, Beverly Williams and husband Carrol of Walburg; and his canine companion Molly.

Garry showed his children and grandkids what the meaning of unconditional love was. He taught his children to love and always have faith in Jehovah God. He will be deeply missed by his children and his precious grandkids.

Garry was the most giving person. If anyone needed help with anything, they knew they could call on him and he would be right there. He genuinely had a heart of gold.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1475 Fisher Ferry Rd, Thomasville, NC 27360.

On line condolences may be made to the family at Sechrest Funeral Service in Archdale is honored to assist the Owenby family.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Visitation Saturday, August 18, 2018

Garry Lee Owenby

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Jessica Mitchem

August 16, 2018

Papaw i love and miss you so much words cant explain how much i want you here with me you was my world last word you told me was i love you. I'll never forget the memories we had together.

Jennifer Hopkins

August 16, 2018

Daddy, my heart is shattered beyond belief. I don’t understand how we lost both you and mama. Thank you for teaching us to love God and to always have faith in God. Without that I don’t know how I could cope or bear with this pain. You were faithful to Jehovah God until the day you passed away. That brings me peace. The resurrection is a day I long for, when I can see you, mama and Justin. Thank you for showing us what unconditional love is. You always put your children first even when we were grown. I wish I would have told you thank you more and that I loved you more. I love you Daddy. I will see you in Paradise. 💔💔💔