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OBITUARY

Judith B Owings

January 21, 1946May 1, 2020
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Judith Ann Beal Owings Calderwood was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She lived in Florida, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama. She died May 1, 2020 at Druid City Hospital in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Private services will be held at Rockco Funeral Home in Centreville with Brother Kenneth Fuller of Centreville Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, Alabama on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

Judy graduated from Tuscaloosa High School in 1964 and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from The University of Alabama in 1968; her Master of Education degree from Livingston University in 1969 and Educational Specialist degree from the University of Alabama in 1972. She began her teaching career at Kate Griffin Junior High School in Meridian, Mississippi in 1968 and continued teaching at Bibb County High School in Centreville, Alabama in 1969 until her retirement in 1999. Judy loved her specialty field of Biology and she touched the lives of hundreds of students during her teaching career inspiring many of them with her love of science.

Judy loved to travel and during the early years, her family spent many summer breaks camping across the United States and Canada, visiting 43 states, five provinces of Canada and Mexico. She also visited many countries, including England, most European Countries and traveled on all the continents except Antarctica.

Over the years she was involved in the Cahaba River Society, Cahaba Lily Foundation, Lunch Bunch Ladies, Educational lectures on her travels, Science Fairs and Centreville Baptist Church Choir. Traveling, photography, collecting foreign currency, sands of the world, fossils, collecting butterflies and insects and archeological digs were a few of her interests. She applied to be one of the first teacher astronauts in space and was selected as a finalist for Alabama.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Freeman Beal and Vietta Ann Angier Beal. Survivors include: her husband, William Benson Calderwood, Brent, Alabama; her children, Deborah Kay Owings, Brent, Alabama and Gregory Thomas Owings (Robin), Vestavia Hills, Alabama; grandchildren, Dylan Thomas Owings and Hannah Lee Owings; sister Patricia Beal Brown (James) Macon, Georgia; nephew, Christopher Lowell Beal Brown, Richmond, Virginia; Thomas Gene Owings, Brent, Alabama and many other relatives, friends and of course her constant companion, Trixie. Special thanks to the doctors and nurses at Druid City Hospital in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for caring for our wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend in such a difficult situation and time. Memorials may be made to the Cahaba River Society, Centreville Baptist Church or the charity of your choice.

The service will be Live-streamed on Rockco Funeral Home-Centreville facebook page.

Services

  • Vistation

    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

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  • Burial

    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

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Mihaly Czako

May 7, 2020

Judy Was also a member of the International Wood Collectors Society which has gatherings a few times a year. I, and my family sometimes with me, attended meetings in Florida and that is where we met her year after year. We had many conversations over the years. I remember her kindness and humor. Many members of IWCS will miss her.

Beth Stewart

May 6, 2020

Judy was always such a bright and warm presence welcoming the Cahaba River Society to Bibb County and inviting us to learn about the wonderful people there who love the River. She was a generous volunteer who made our RiverFest event at Cecil's park in Centreville fun, educational, and rooted in the community. She was so knowledgeable and taught us about the River. Thank you for the lovely video about her life and travels. We feel her loss and send back to her family and friends the love and joy she shared so freely.

David Larochelle

May 4, 2020

We met Judy not many years ago when she married Bill. She was so sweet to us, and she and Bill came to our wedding last year, when she wasn't feeling well, we were so pleased to see them. She loved to share biology with young people, our grandson. We will truly miss her.

Pamela Terry Horne

May 3, 2020

It saddens me to hear of the loss of such an amazing lady! I loved her as a teacher taking every class she taught that I could during my two years at BCHS and loved her as a friend after graduation! She always showed heartfelt interest in the accomplishments of her students after leaving her classroom! She will be missed terribly! My prayers are with Debbie and the entire family as I cannot imagine a world without my Mom and I know she was a unique one who will never be forgotten!

Mary Owens

May 3, 2020

Judy and I became friends when our boys, Greg and Jay were in school together. Later on the boys helped my husband, Walter campaign. Judy asked me to substitute teach for her when she had to be out of the classroom at BCHS. She had an exuberant love for science and her enthusiasm was contagious. I always enjoyed filling in for her and seeing all the projects she had going. She will be sorely missed.

Paul Pratt

May 3, 2020

She was a great biology teacher and beautiful, unique person. I loved her class and I loved her. She wrote one of my recommendations for college and was always fair and kind to all of her students. I spent many hours drawing pictures for her class and what I learned stayed with me forever.

DeeAnna Smitherman(Goree)

May 2, 2020

When I was young, my family had the pleasure of being a part of summer beach vacations with Judy and her family. I remember how fascinating and knowledgeable she was about the beach and nature. She was so sweet and eager to share with us kids. I was never “bored” around her and she definitely holds a dear spot in my youthful memories of that time. Through the years I’ve tried to share with my kids and grandkids some of the deeper delights (inspired in me by Judy) of the beach beyond the sand and the sea. Judy was also one of my dads very best friends. He loved and respected her so much. Rest In Peace lovely lady.

Melyssa-Denyse Stephens

May 2, 2020

Mrs. Owings was an amazing teacher who inspired her students to learn and explore more than what was in the four walls of her classroom. She was kind, funny, firm, compassionate and excited about the path she had chosen-teaching. You could tell she truly cared for each of us and her heart was meant for the job she was doing. She will be missed.

Arlie Lemley

May 2, 2020

Mrs. Owens was a special lady, She was always kind and polite. She was always positive and taught me how to do the same. She will be truly missed.

Martha LeCroy

May 2, 2020

I worked with Judy. She was a unique and wonderful teacher. She taught my children and I was glad they had a chance to study with her.

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