Freddie James Owens

April 27, 1941March 30, 2018
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Mr. Freddie James Owens, age 76, died peacefully at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN on Friday, March 30, 2018 at 1:22 pm after an eight year battle with prostate cancer due to service related to Agent Orange exposure. Freddie is survived by his wife, Diana; siblings, Bettye Owens, Vivian Hayward, Sylvia Owens, Miriam Mitchell (Joseph), Sandra Brown, Reginald Lowe (Otella), Isaiah Johnson (Pam); children, Scott Owens (Hope), Michael Owens (Paula), Michelle Owens, Mark Owens, Freddie Owens, Jr (JoCherie), Helen Turner (Charles), Patrick Owens (Tamika); and grandchildren, Tristyn, Scott Jr, Sa’Taya, Lisa, Jessica and Ashley Brannon and other numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and other loved ones. He is preceded in death by his father, St. Nazier and his mother Georgia. Freddie was born on April 27, 1941 in Edison, GA to St. Nazier and Georgia Owens. He graduated from Middleton High School in June of 1960. Immediately following graduation, Freddie joined the US Army, where he achieved the rank of SSG and served with distinction for over 15 years. He earned the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 devise, 2 Overseas Service Bars, Expert (M-140, Expert M-16), 5 Service Stripes, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Presidential Unit Citation, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal (4th award), Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm. As president of Vet2Vet, he worked tirelessly advocating for veterans care and benefits. He served as Co-Chairman of the Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council, Founder of Soldiers Heart Ministry, Peer Facilitator for Legacy Peer Support Group, Chairman of the Faith Based Community Committee and as a Veterans Court Mentor. He was baptized at an early age at New Bethel M.B. Church in Tampa, FL and has been a long time member of Redemption Church International where he served as a greeter, photographer, children’s camp volunteer and on the security team. Freddie officiated children’s sports all the way up to collegiate, from the age of 19 until this year. The family will be receiving friends and family from 5-7 pm on Monday, April 16, 2018 at Redemption Church International, 3550 Pleasant Ridge Road, Knoxville, Tennessee with a funeral to follow at 7pm. Interment will be on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 11:30 am at the East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery on John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, Tennessee. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Freddie’s life. Condolences may be sent to The family would like to thank Dr. Ibach and the staff of UT Medical Center for their compassionate care. We would ask that you leave your fondest memory of/with Freddie in the comments below.


  • Visitation Monday, April 16, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 16, 2018
  • Burial Service with Military Honors Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Freddie James Owens

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Jane Yon

April 16, 2018

Mr. Fred was an inspiration to all who met him.
I enjoyed watching him relate to people, showing God's love, and making people feel at home. To say he will be missed is a gross understatement.
Heaven is richer because he is there.

Ron Morton, ADJ3, Us Navy CVS 14, VS 29, Gulf of Tonkin 1972

April 15, 2018

Freddie was steel resolve wrapped in genuine love for others. He always made me feel welcome. I respected him and loved him for what he was, a good and brave man who was an advocate for those in need. I will never forget Freddie. Fair winds and following seas my brother.

Scott Owens

April 9, 2018

I keep waiting for you to walk thru the door so I can see that BIG smile and hear you say 'Hello' as only you could. But I have to realize that it won't happen, at least not in this lifetime. This house you worked so hard for to give Mom and I a better life, will NEVER be the same. It's empty, as is my heart right now.
I want to thank you for providing me the tools to step up and be the man you've always known I could be, I'm just sorry that it's taken this long for me to realize what you had planned. Just know that I will take all my lessons learned and will do whatever is necessary to make sure Mom is taken care of. You've got some big shoes to fill but I am up for the challenge.
Thank you for being an inspiration and roll model not only for my kids, but also for the many people whom had the pleasure of meeting you. I learn more about your helping hand in our community with every post and phone call.
I love you, Lil Scott & SaTaya love you and of course, DeeDee loves you. You are irreplaceable.
Until we meet again Pop..........
'Love ya Love ya'

Wes Baker

April 9, 2018

Freddie always brought a smile to my face. He was a servant who made life fun. I enjoyed knowing him here and look forward to seeing him again. He is not only in our past, but he is in our future as well!

Denise Zallen

April 8, 2018

It was wonderful to have met you Freddie. You are a true hero to us and our country. Thank you Sir and Garry Owens! The world is less interesting without you in it. God bless you.

From the Zallen Family
Garry Owens

William Frazer

April 8, 2018

The Bossman and I being Vets, formed an immediate bond, I knew I had found another Battle Buddy to watch my six. Thru him I got my PTSD counseling, joined the Vet2Vet program, and helped with almost all his other projects/missions. We laughed, joked and worked to help our fellow veterans. Now I cry- we lost a God loving, caring man who fought for others with an intensity that was inspiring. I cry because he was such a fine man/friend and his presence will be missed. Yet thru my tears, I rejoice because of what he taught us, shared with us and most importantly because he is now in God's hands with our other Brothers/Sisters. I know he will look dowm upon us, and I pray to do right by both him and our Savior. My deepest condolences and prayers for hi fantastic family. God will Bless.

Glen Spidell

April 7, 2018

Freddie was the bright light of our prostate cancer support group at UT Medial Center. We could always count on Freddie for a positive, uplifting word. He will be greatly missed!

Cliff Vicars

April 5, 2018


You were one of the first persons I met when transferring to the Mountain Home VA Medical Center. Your presence during various meetings and gatherings was something I always anticipated with great joy. No one has loved our fellow Veterans more than you, which has been exemplified by a life well lived. Your commitment to care and love others has been a solid expression of your Christian faith. We will miss you for now, but look forward to seeing you at the LZ on the other side of the river!

Chaplain (LTC) Cliff Vicars

Jimmy Harrison

April 4, 2018

Fred was more then just a friend he was and is my Brother the things we shared while we were in the Army and in Viet Nam the friendship we formed is one that will last till I'am gone as well, while in Viet Nam from Aug of 65 until Nov of 66 we cried together we bled together we saw death together in a way very few people ever do and when we came home we had to learn how to live again which was the hardest of all , but fred learned that and the importance of helping other returning veterans as well and he became the that man that everyone remembers , loving and caring for all men

Good By My Brother , Garry Owen
Jim Harrison your friend and Brother always

David Meece

April 4, 2018

Freddie was a true Gentleman and fine Soldier! I will always remember him for his humility and his kindness.

His service to the Lord, our nation, and those who served (veterans) is more than amazing. I believe that many owe him a debt of gratitude.

"Thank You" Freddie for the impact you had on my life, and I am certain we'll meet again someday in Heaven!

Lieutenant Colonel David Meece, USAF