OBITUARY

Mr. John Ellis Owen

April 22, 1942July 30, 2020

Born April 22, 1942 and left this earth to be with the Lord on July 30, 2020. John was a native of Kentwood, LA and a hardworking man. After graduating from Kentwood High School in 1960, he went on to obtain an Associates in Arts from Southwest Mississippi College and a Bachelors and Masters degree from Mississippi College. In 1974, John wrote “The Saxophone: It’s History, Mechanics, and Literature” which can be found at the Mississippi College Library. He was also a part of the Army National Guard. John then became the band director for Loyd School and then at Bogue Chitto High School until 1970. He owned John Owen Trucking until he retired but he never retired from the saxophone. John is known for playing at The Embers, The Hill, The Subway Lounge with the House Rockers, Frank Jones Corner with the Sherman Lee Dillon Band and various “jam sessions.”

John is the son of the late Robert and Emily Owen and brother to the late Mary Owen Prescott and Robert (Bobby) Owen Jr. He is the father of the late Ceneca Westbrook. John is survived by his daughters, Marie (Etsuko) Owen, Emily Owen Haines, and Jessica (Jessie) Owen Cope and son in law, Randall Cope. He is survived by his grandchildren, John Haines, Emma Eidson, Ethan Eidson, and Elizabeth Westbrook. John is also survived by his brother, Frank Owen along with many of his cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Visitation will be Wednesday August 5, 2020 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm and Thursday August 6, 2020 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at Lakewood Funeral Home in Jackson, Mississippi with a funeral service to follow. A graveside service will be at 3:00 pm on Thursday August 6, 2020 at Woodland Cemetery in Kentwood, Louisiana.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, August 5, 2020

  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 6, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, August 6, 2020

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Mary Alford

August 2, 2020

I'm so sorry for your loss. John was a 1960 classmate at Kentwood High School. We have good memories of our school years. Prayers for his family & friends. Mary Morgan Alford

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