Shelia Owen

November 29, 1947December 14, 2020

Shelia Owen, age 73, passed away on Monday, December 14, 2020 at NMMC in Tupelo. She was born November 29, 1947 to Novel and Millie McCarver Baker. Shelia graduated from Ecru High School in 1965, she then attended Itawamba Junior College and Blue Mountain College, later earning her Specialist Degree in Education from the University of Mississippi. Shelia taught school at New Albany for one year and at North Pontotoc for 32 years, where she was the first generation School Resource Officer. She worked for a year at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany and then fourteen years at the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Department and Verona Police Department. Shelia was a member of West Heights Baptist Church, the Pontotoc Woman’s Club and Delta Kappa Gamma. Shelia worked for several years with the MS Pontotoc pageant. She was an avid “Ole Miss” fan and enjoyed football games, “facebooking”, talking on the phone with her friends and family and spending time with her grandson, Baker.

A private graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, December 17, 2020 at Ecru Cemetery with Rev. David Hamilton officiating. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is honored to assist the family with the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Danny R. Owen of Pontotoc, MS; a son, Dan Owen (Jordan) and their son, Baker, all of New Albany; and her lifelong friend and special caregiver, Vickie Dyer; and caregivers, Cindy Gregory, Cheryl Sullivan, Sandra Wiesner, Lou Gaston, Laurie Harlow and Jodie Heatherly.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Rodney Baker.

Pallbearers will be Blake Sullivan, Brady Sullivan, Hayden Cummings, Johnny Gregory, Jason Dyer and Jim Harlow. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Department Deputies.

Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at

Condolences may be offered at


  • Blake Sullivan
  • Brady Sullivan
  • Hayden Cummings
  • Johnny Gregory
  • Jason Dyer
  • Jim Harlow
  • Pontotoc County Sheriff's Department Deputies, Honorary


  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, December 17, 2020


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Charles & Regina Chrestman

December 16, 2020

Danny/Dan, please allow us to join the others who will be expressing their sympathy during this time. It is always tough to lose a loved one...but especially this time of the year. Shelia had a very full and diverse career, but the highlights in her life no doubt came from the times and events she shared with you. Please know we are thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Charles & Regina Chrestman

Debbie Bigham

December 16, 2020

Danny, Dan, and Baker
So sorry for your loss of Ms Sheila. She was always full of smiles. She will be greatly missed by everyone. Prayers to you all.

Debbie Bigham and Ronny Dowdy

Rose Cox

December 16, 2020

Danny I am so sorry to hear of Shelia's passing. Many memories of Shelia from visiting Novel and Millie with Daddy, seeing her at Baker reunions then seeing her years later in Pontotoc. She was always a friendly face.
Rose Baker Cox

Danny and Linda Weatherly

December 16, 2020

Danny and are so sorry for your loss. We loved Shelia! Our prayers, thoughts and love are with you and your family . Sorry we can’t be with you during this time.

Jerry McCarver

December 16, 2020

So Sorry for your loss. A lot of early memories of Shelia.

Jerry McCarver

Rickey Hill

December 16, 2020

What a wonderful lady. Over 45 years of service to Pontotoc County education and the sherriff's department. Prayers for Danny, Dan and Baker.

Billy Sneed

December 15, 2020

Danny, you and your family have my sincere condolences on the passing of Shelia. She seemed to be always interested in her students achievement. I counted her a friend and she was so supportive of my efforts to improve mathematics instruction in our area. Our prayers will be with you and your family.

Billy Ray Sneed

Maria Montgomery

December 15, 2020

Mr. Danny,
I'm so sorry to hear about Mrs. Shelia You and your family are in my prayers. May God wrap his loving arms of comfort around you during this difficult time and the days ahead.
Maria Montgomery

Donna Patton

December 14, 2020

I have many memories of Shelia as I grew up going to her parents’ store which was just down the road from our house. She was a sweet special lady. Prayers for her family.

Susan Hooker

December 14, 2020

Shelia was a true friend and was a great asset to the NPAC faculty for 32 years. She genuinely cared for her students as she tried to prepare them for all of life’s lessons and not just her subject matter of Math. Also the Pontotoc greater community has lost a leader and a role model for education and for civic endeavors as well. She will be greatly missed by her family and by her friends. Susan Norwood Hooker-Hurricane community