Wanda "Mama Jo" Owen

May 27, 1938February 2, 2019

Wanda “Mama Jo” Owen, 80, of Greeneville, an accomplished mother to three beautiful children: Jowanda Neil Summers, David Jay Neil, and Laura Elizabeth Davenport.

She was retired from Greene Valley Developmental Center.

She was a woman of Christian faith and was formerly an active member of First Baptist Church.

“Mama Jo” was an avid sports fan, especially enjoying UT men’s and women’s basketball. She was happy to know that UT men were #1 in the country and UCONN lost by nine points.

Additional survivors include two grandsons: David Andrew and Matthew Alexander Summers; a granddaughter: Lucy Goosey Davenport; a brother: Hugh Thacker; and two sisters: Laquita Forbes and Sheila Best.

She was the daughter of the late Dorsey and Ruby Thacker and was preceded in death by her first husband, David Ray Neil. A Gathering of Friends will be held 5-7 pm Wednesday at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home.


  • Jowanda Neil Summers, Daughter
  • David Jay Neil, Son
  • Laura Elizabeth Davenport, Daughter
  • David Andrew Summers, Grandson
  • Matthew Alexander Summers, Grandso
  • Lucy Goosey Davenport, Granddaughter
  • Hugh Thacker, Brother
  • Laquita Forbes, Sister
  • Sheila Best, Sister
  • Dorsey and Ruby Thacker, Parents
  • David Ray Neil, First Husband


  • Gathering of Friends Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Wanda "Mama Jo" Owen

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Cathy Granger

February 7, 2019

I am so sorry to hear the passing of your sweet precious moma. I have known Laura for many years and met Momma JO by Laura on several occasions. Laura you have my heartfelt sympathy and lov e . And I also want to extended my condolences to all your family.
Much Love,

Gilda Pafford

February 6, 2019

I enjoyed many great orchid growing years with Jo ! She was a sweet ,sweet lady !