Berry Highland South


Clara Bernice Owenby

January 6, 1947September 26, 2020

Clara B. Owenby, age 73, departed this life surrounded by family at home on Saturday, September 26, 2020 in Knoxville. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Clara retired from the United States Postal Service and loved to travel, especially to Charleston, Savannah, and Tybee Island.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Eloise Percell and husband Gordon Owenby.

She is survived by children Donna and Charlie Poling and Eddie and Janet McNamee, grandchildren Andrew, Zacharie, and Bruce; brothers and sisters-in-law Bobby and Diane Percell and Jimmy and Linda Percell; several nieces and nephews, and special friends Amy Rhea and father and stepmother of her children Larry and Susan McNamee.

Family will meet at Berry Highland South, 9010 Simpson Rd., Knoxville, TN 37920 on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 for a 3:00 p.m. graveside service officiated by Pastor Gene Hurley. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Appalachian Bear Rescue in Townsend ( or Young-Williams Animal Shelter in Knoxville ( The family invites friends to visit the online guestbook and share fond memories at


  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020


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John Bailey

September 29, 2020

Always the center of attention, always smiling, always making us laugh. She will be missed.

Shannon Rash

September 28, 2020

Clara was a wonderful neighbor! She was so kind to my husband and I and would always greet us with a smile whenever we would walk by her home. She was funny and spunky!! She gave me a book about cats and was always interested in talking to us about our cats and would share stories about her Bella! Our neighborhood will not be the same without her sweet presence! My deepest sympathies to her friends and family.

jimmy& Linda Percell

September 28, 2020

Clara was a VERY SPECIAL SISTER to her brother Jimmy and a best friend. She was a GREAT Sister-in-law to me, Linda. She loved life and was so much fun to be with. She loved her cat, Bella. She will be missed very much. We will see her in HEAVEN.


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