OBITUARY

Dolly Childress Owen

December 7, 1951July 14, 2021

Dolly Childress Owen, 69 of Lynchburg, wife of Tommy D. Owen, passed away on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at her home.

She was born in Lynchburg on December 7, 1951, daughter of the late James E. Childress and Bessie C. Childress. In addition to her parents, a son, John Lewis Painter, III, preceded her in death as well as a brother, Mark Childress and a sister, Juanita Goldstein.

Dolly was a member of Jubilee Baptist Church and enjoyed singing in the choir and sewing.

In addition to her husband Tommy, she is survived by a daughter, Joanie P. Rankins (Harry); 4 brothers, Jim Childress (Charlotte), Wayne Childress (Margo), Roger Childress (Mary), and Ken Childress (Peggy); a sister, Diana Massie and 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

There will be a celebration of life at 6:00 pm on Thursday, June 22, 2021 at Jubilee Baptist Church.

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, July 22, 2021

Memories

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Diane E. Henson

July 21, 2021

Sweet Dolly has been my friend since our Jr. High school days at RE Lee. We always had lunch together and shared a few classes. Her smile could light up a room! All of you are in my prayers for comfort and peace. Precious Dolly will always be remembered with love until we all meet again in Glory….❤️🙏😇

Scottie Stratton

July 18, 2021

Joanie Harry and the family
Please know how much we has always loved you from day one of meeting you at Central Baptist. Your Mom was so much fun and you are right..
She knew no stranger. She took me into her heart the first night I met her at Revival and I have carried her in mine ever since. She kept me in stitches laughing about crazy things together. I pray she knew how much I loved her. Please know all of you are in my heart and prayers. Trust me the Angels are smiling.
Love you,
Robin and Scottie Stratton💜🙏

Jennifer G

July 18, 2021

Dolly was a very sweet person I remember working with her at subway praying for the family

Joanie Rankins

July 17, 2021

My mom was the best mom ever She had a loving heart and she loved everyone she meet to know her was to love her she loved me and my brother with all she had and to her it was nothing like her grandbabies and great grandbabies shes definitely gonna be missed i love you mom hug my brother and daddy for me

Carie Burns

July 16, 2021

Mama Dolly was the most beautiful soul I have ever known. She was full of love, laughter, and faith. She looked out for all of us kids growing up, not just her own. I don’t know what I would’ve done without her. This world has a little less shine now that she’s gone. I always told her she was an angel bound to earth. She will be greatly missed. Prayers for you Sis (Joanie) and y’all’s family.

Carlton (Joe) Crouch

July 16, 2021

I knew Dolly from our elementary school days. She was a sweet girl and a sweet woman , never had a bad thing to say . Prayers for the family

Elissa Beavers

July 16, 2021

Grandma was one of the sweetest people you could have ever laid your eyes on. She always held peace with everyone around her and she always told all of us grandkids to P.U.S.H (pray until something happens). I remember when we all lived right next door to each other and every time I was in trouble I would run to her house and get beside her and she’d tell my daddy to leave me alone that I was fine with her. I remember always going to church and her asking me to sing with her and I was so shy I’d always tell her no, but she’d never give up. I remember the day I asked god to come into my life I was in the back seat of her little egg in the middle. She’s been everyone’s rock for so long and I know she’s up there celebrating with my daddy. I’ll never go a day without singing for you now! I love you and you’ll be missed more than you could ever know ❤️🕊

Jacob Painters

July 16, 2021

My grandma was a good woman love you grandma miss you so much grandma hard to believe that your gone please have uncle Johnny a hug for me

Teresa Padgett

July 15, 2021

Joanie, Harry and family,
So sorry for the loss of your loved one. We remember Dolly at Central Baptist always smiling and singing.
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.


God Bless
Teresa, Wanda and Eric


Miranda Ford

July 15, 2021

I remember staying with her and Joanie during a Blizzard and we all couldn't go anywhere. So we decide to drink 7 pots of coffee that night. Dolly recorded us on video and captured all the craziness. She laughed so hard at us that night.
I will never forget being at your house when Joanie, Harry and the kids lived with you. Scott and I were there just about every night. And close to the time the kids were to go to bed we all would sit in your living room and each one of us would say a prayer. Included the kids. You made a wonderful Mother, and grandmother. And you were also an awesome aunt.
I will always hold a special place in my heart for miss Dolly Sue. Love you 😘✌️💕

FROM THE FAMILY