Everette Owens, Jr.
August 28, 1928 – June 26, 2020
Everette Owens, Jr. died peacefully at home in Stonewall, Texas on Friday, June 26, 2020. He lived a long and full life of 91 years and 10 months, during which he led by example and showed compassion and kindness to all who had the good fortune to cross his path. He was a loving family man with abundant energy and an incredible sense of humor. He lived life on his own terms and shared with his family this week that he was ready for his upcoming journey.
Everette and Doris, his wife of 71 years, were totally devoted to one another. Theirs was a story of everlasting love and the very best of friendships. Just this week, Everette recalled the first time he saw Doris and told his buddy that he was going to ask her for a date. Fortunately, he did. After that, as the saying goes, “they were joined at the hip” for life. They met and married in rural Louisiana and dedicated their lives to caring for and enriching the lives of others.
After 20 years of service and travel with the United States Air Force, Doris, Everette, and their children, Rosalind and Rodney, moved and settled in Austin, Texas. Everette earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Texas at Austin and worked as a school teacher. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in Counseling from Texas State University and spent 17 years as a Unit Director at the Travis State School, where he promoted quality care for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Everette embraced and connected deeply with people of all ages and from all walks of life, and could tell a great joke. He and Doris treated everyone as family and neither has ever met a stranger. After retiring, they traveled together in their RV making lifelong friends and building beautiful memories. These travels provided Everette with lots of opportunities to enjoy fishing, his favorite pastime. He especially loved camping and hiking in the mountains of Colorado where he could be counted on to bring home a good stringer at the end of the day.
Everette was like the energizer bunny—always “ready to go” until the very end of his life. When walking long distances was no longer an option, he embraced his power wheel chair and was hard to keep up with. He knew every waitperson by name in all of his local haunts and they were always glad to see him coming. He was a diehard Longhorn and a lifetime member of the Texas Exes. He will be missed by all who knew him and his legacy of care and service provide a model for a life well lived.
Everette was preceded in death by brothers Wayne and Delmond Owens and sister Bobbye Gordy. He is survived by his wife Doris Owens of Stonewall, TX; daughter Rosalind and husband John Merz of Stonewall, TX; son Rodney Owens and wife Debbie of New Braunfels, TX; grandchildren Brandon and Allison Owens of Austin, TX; brother Donald Owens of Simpson, LA and numerous nieces and nephews.
Due to the current national health emergency, and consistent with Everette’s wishes, the funeral will be private with a celebration of life to follow at a future date. The family wants to thank Audra, Theresa, Monica, William, and all of the staff at Hill Country Memorial Hospice who gave extraordinary comfort and care to Everette and his family during recent months. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to: Hill Country Memorial Hospice, 808 Reuben St., Fredericksburg, TX 78624.
Hill Country Memorial Hospice
808 Reuben Street, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
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Everette Owens, Jr.
July 2, 2020
My life feels an emptiness without Everette by my side. The many good times that he and I along with Doris and Evelyn enjoyed together will forever be for me a good memory. He was the best friend I could ever have. I will miss but remember those good times together. May he rest in peace. Doris, I am proud and impressed by your faithful caring for my best friend. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you in this time of grief. I want to make life easier for you in any way that I can. You are so special.
June 29, 2020
I will always remember Evert as an expert fisherman and frog gigger.
Growing up Evert, Rodney, my Dad and I would head out to Thrall for a day of fishing and a night of frog giggen.
Great times that I will always remember.
Doris and Evert were great friends with our family and Evert will be greatly missed.
June 29, 2020
Everette, you never knew what a difference you made in my life. You were everything we all aspire to be. It's a long list! I always attribute my grilling ribeyes to you! Secret...teriyaki and limes. Boy have I passed that secret along many times. We will be together again some day and in the meantime, take your angel wings and watch over all of us! Love Randy
Randy & Sharon Pitts
June 29, 2020
Our condolences to Rod and family.. Everette was a true gentlemen and always had a way to make you feel at home...
Dyanne and Jim Turner
June 28, 2020
Everette was the true definition of a good man. His strong faith guided him through his life along with his good wife Doris.
We always enjoyed Everette’s warm smile and willingness to do all he was capable of doing. We went on many Colorado hikes and fishing trips together.
Everette was always our tour guide-sharing his knowledge of the mountains and lakes of Southern Colorado.
While in South Fork, Colorado a trip to Freeman’s (80 miles round trip) for a really big toasted coconut ice cream cone was worth the time as long as Everette and Doris went along.
We will miss him so very much.
June 28, 2020
My thoughts and prayers is with the family. My sister, Bonnie and myself worked for Mr Owens at Travis State School and have fine memories of Mr Owens. After I left Travis and also Mr. Owens left I would see him at Taco Bell and he would always have a smile and was always a pleasure to talk to him.