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Hardage-Giddens Rivermead Funeral Home

127 Blanding Blvd, Orange Park, FL

OBITUARY

Shelby Owens

June 30, 1938January 31, 2020
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Shelby Owens, 81, was born on June 30, 1938 in Opp, Alabama and passed away in Orange Park, Florida. He served his country in the United States Army and thereafter began a career as a truck driver. Shelby was predeceased by brothers; Jack, Joe, and Elwood Owens, sister; Mary Alice Quals. He is survived by sons; Shelby Shawn (Julie) Owens and Tommy (Amanda) Owens, grandchildren: Matthew, Caitlin, Peyton, Ashley, Chelsie, Trevor, Savannah and Ethan. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 10:30 AM at First Baptist Church of Umatilla, 550 Hatfield Drive, Umatilla, FL 32784, Pastor Eric Danner officiating. Graveside Service at 12:30 PM, Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Avenue, Bushnell, FL 33513 with military honors. A Reception to follow immediately after Graveside Service at First Baptist Church of Umatilla. Please post words of comfort at www.hardage-giddenserivermead.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Shelby was predeceased by brothers; Jack, Joe, and Elwood Owens, sister; Mary Alice Quals. He is survived by sons; Shelby Shawn (Julie) Owens and Tommy (Amanda) Owens, grandchildren: Matthew, Caitlin, Peyton, Ashley, Chelsie, Trevor, Savannah and Ethan.

Services

  • Funeral Service Friday, February 7, 2020
  • Graveside Service Friday, February 7, 2020

Memories

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Kerry Crews

February 6, 2020

I become overwhelmed with the flood of memories that come to mind when I think of Uncle Shelby. From stealing his hat at reunions, our long weekly talks on the phone about life and raising kids, to frying turkeys on Thanksgiving at MawMaws. I believe my favorite memory would be when he taught me how to drive his 18 wheeler. We had more fun on that back country road that will forever be with me. I will miss your stories as well as your jokes and will always remember your laugh! It was truly contagious! I love you!

Donna Owens

February 6, 2020

One of my memories of Uncle Shelby is when he would be up here in the Northwest, he would give Dwayne and I a call just to chat and to see how us Northwest Owens' were doing. A couple of times we were able to meet up with him and visit., and once when ours boys were in grade school and we were visiting, he let them sit in the front of his cab/truck. They thought that was so cool!!

Caitlin Miller

February 6, 2020

Papa there’s so much i could say , so many memories . I’m gonna miss you so much you have no idea . I’m grateful of the time i got with you and you meeting your great grandson ❤️ Ryder will always be your little fishin buddy! You will always be with us. I love you so much .

Henry Owens

February 6, 2020

So many great memories started with seeing a Frito Lay trailer parked at Grandaddy’s house! But my favorite lesson from him was on a summer day in his hometown, surprising a couple of his friends at their home. One answered the door with, “I wish I’d known you were coming, I’d have cleaned the house.” But Uncle Shelby quickly replied ,”I didn’t come to visit your house, I came to visit you,” with his usual big smile. He was always personable and kind to me and he’s one of the men I try to emulate.

Ashley Cooper (Owens)

February 5, 2020

Papa, your wings were ready but my heart was not. 💔 There's alot of memories I could write about but I'll save them. One of my most favorite was going to the rodeo, and you teaching how to ride my dirt bike and you watching me ride. You will forever be missed, but I know you're in a better place. I love you Papa! May you rest in peace! 💙

Dwayne Owens

February 5, 2020

I will forever remember the genesis of the nickname he gave me as a small boy on the family. There we were on the farm on a cold fall day it was the annual butchering gathering. He was wearing a pair of blue jean overalls with the frayed around the bottom of the legs. He was standing near the fire warming himself when he got to close and his pants caught fire. I tried to get a word in to tell him his pants were burning but as normal he was too busy telling a story. Oh, I almost forgot to identify the nickname, gabby. I know that may seem hard to believe but....
I don’t know that he ever met a stranger and would give you the shirt off his back.

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Biography

Shelby Owens, 81, was born on June 30, 1938 in Opp, Alabama and passed away in Orange Park, Florida.
He served his country in the United States Army and thereafter began a career as a truck driver.
Shelby was predeceased by brothers; Jack, Joe, and Elwood Owens, sister; Mary Alice Quals. He is survived by sons; Shelby Shawn (Julie) Owens and Tommy (Amanda) Owens, grandchildren: Matthew, Caitlin, Peyton, Ashley, Chelsie, Trevor, Savannah and Ethan.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 10:30 AM at First Baptist Church of Umatilla, 550 Hatfield Drive, Umatilla, FL 32784, Pastor Eric Danner officiating. Graveside Service at 12:30 PM, Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Avenue, Bushnell, FL 33513 with military honors. A Reception to follow immediately after Graveside Service at First Baptist Church of Umatilla. Please post words of comfort at www.hardage-giddenserivermead.com.