Oadis W Owen

March 21, 1923November 24, 2012

Retired Col. Oadis W. Owen, a native of Winnfield and a resident of Comite Hills in Greenwell Springs, LA, died on November 24th at the age of 89. Col. Owen served his country during World War II in the Army Air Corp assigned to the 448th Bomb Group as a gunner where he received 3 Bronze Stars and The Air Medal with 5 Oak Clusters for his bravery and valor during battle. As a civil engineer, he served in the Philippines on a second tour of duty. He continued to serve active duty as instructor teaching basic officer classes. Oadis received a Masters of Education from LSU and taught mathematics at Baker and Istroma High Schools. He also was a teacher and Assistant Principal at Central Private School where he received an Award of Appreciation on his 80th birthday from the staff and student body where the Mayor proclaimed it Oadis W. Owen Day. He taught in the public and private school for 47 years. He had 10 brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ruby Harvin Owen; son Craig Owen and wife Starr; daughter Cheryl Norder and husband Stephen; one brother Earl “Byrd” Owen; one sister Faye Swartout; 6 grandsons: Travis, Trent, and Tyler Owen along with Chad and Justin Norder and Graham Stephens; and 6 great grandchildren. Oadis and Ruby were members of Comite Baptist Church. He was a bible scholar and Godly example to his loving family and everyone knew him. He will be remembered for his love and devotion to God and family, his integrity and honor as an officer and the lasting impression that he made on the students in which he invested many years of his life. Visitation will be held at Comite Baptist Church on Tuesday the 27th from 12noon until memorial service beginning at 1:30. Please visit to leave condolences for the family.


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 27, 2012
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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Daryl and Barbara Brister

December 10, 2012

We have just recently heard of the loss of such a special man. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.


December 7, 2012


November 28, 2012

What a great service for Uncle Oadis today. I didn't know the impact his life made on so many people. He was truly a great follower of Christ, a great husband to my aunt and a wonderful father and grand-father and great grand-father, evident from his family who attended. His unselfish life was also evident. The persons who signed this guest book proves that. We'll miss seeing you when we come to visit our aunts who we love so much. God couldn't have given you, Ruby, and you Craig and Cheryl and the rest of the immediate family any better person on earth. Love to each of you.
Woody and Rosalin Harvin Craft

Stella Ellis Nugent

November 28, 2012

Mr. Owen was a priceless jewel, the best of the best. Everyone loved him at Baker High School. Our prayers are with his family.

Bill (Willie) Depew

November 28, 2012

A shinning example of "The Great Generation"! He will always be remembered by those of us who he, in my case, tried to teach Geometry! He was successful however in teaching me "effort is directionally proportional to results". Thanks Mr. O!

November 28, 2012

"I will never forget Mr. Owen. He made a life-long impression on me. He taught me high school Algebra and both of my daughters as well. He set the bar high and encouraged everyone to achieve.What a classy example of a human being-this world will truly miss him."

Ronnie Bailey (Baker High Graduate)

Meryal Ann Campbell Smith

November 28, 2012

Mr. Owen was my algebra and trigonometry teacher at Baker High School. His classes were among my favorites. He was not only a skilled teacher but a wonderful human being. I have remembered him fondly over the years and tried to include lessons learned from him as I taught my chemistry students over my 42 year career. My sincere condolences go out to his family.

Kayren Owen

November 27, 2012

Words cannot express the honor I feel to have known such a humble & loving man. He treated all with respect; his family was second only to God; his students were dear to him and his devotion to Christ was always evident. He was like a second father to me and my sons. His love will continue to be our strength as we say farewell for now. One day we will all be together again, but today is a day of sadness. My deepest condolences to Mrs. Ruby Lucy and the Owen/Harvin families.

MIsty Cody Sharpe

November 27, 2012

I am honored to have known Mr. Owen through my time at Central Private. What a legacy! In my 13 years at Central Private, he handed me many certificates, honors, and a little disciplinary action.

Glenda Ballard

November 27, 2012

May God bless you and keep you at this time. I was lucky enough to have Mr. Owen for three years at Baker and he instilled in me a love of math. Thank you for sharing him with so many of us.