OBITUARY

Harry D. "Hap" Owen, Sr.

October 1, 1919April 10, 2014

Harry D. "Hap" Owen, Sr. died April 10, 2014 at St. Catherine's Village, Madison. He was 94 years old. Visitation is Monday, April 14, 2014, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home, Ridgeland. A memorial service will be held in the funeral home chapel Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at 11:00 AM, with a visitation one hour prior.

He is preceded in death by his parents, James S. Owen, Sr. and Frankie Council Owen; brothers, Frank C. Owen and James S. Owen, Jr.; and his wife of 68 years, Ruthie LaRue Owen.

Hap graduated from Central High School in Jackson, the University of Mississippi, and the Jackson School of Law. During World War II he enlisted in the Marine Corps, and in response to the need for pilots, he transferred to the US Army Air Corps and taught flying for the remainder of the war. He began the practice of law with Green and Green; was a partner in the firm of Lumpkin, Bacon and Owen; and was General Counsel, Vice President, Executive Vice President, and President of Larco Drilling and Exploration Corporation. During the administration of Governor Bill Waller, Hap was the Executive Director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Industrial Board, the economic development agency for the State of Mississippi. He was Executive Vice President of Ergon, Inc. until his retirement.

He held memberships in American Management Association, Hinds County Bar Association, Mississippi State Bar, American Bar Association, Fellow of Mississippi Bar Foundation, Sigma Delta Kappa (legal), and Rotary Club of Jackson. Of his many honors, he was most proud of was the Honorary Master of Law Degree awarded by the Mississippi College School of Law.

He is survived by sons, Harry D. Owen, Jr. (Hilda), F. LaRue Owen (Marie); and daughters, Susan Greer (A.W.), Cindy Adams (Bill), and Melissa Wible (Danny); 12 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren.

The family wishes to express their appreciation for the loving care by the entire staff at St. Catherine’s Village. They especially thank Dr. George Patton and Leslie Haines for the years of loving attention; Joyce Luckett for her special devotion, and Kelly Ingebretsen for her wonderful vigilance as his hospice nurse. Also thanks to Covenant Caregivers for their service to our Dad.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make memorial donations to Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church, the Hap Owen Fund at Mississippi College School of Law, or the charity of your choice.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, April 14, 2014
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Leslie Haines

April 26, 2014

Mr Owen made me smile...he was the best dressed 94 year old I've ever met! I am glad our paths crossed!!

Linda Estes

April 18, 2014

We have had so many wonderful times with Hap and the Owens family. We will always cherish these memories.

Marie Farrington and Linda (Farrington) Estes

Robert Lee

April 14, 2014

Thinking of you all; much love.

Bill LaRue

April 14, 2014

We will all miss his wisdom and guidance. My condolences to all the Owen Family.

Pam & Fred Underwood

April 14, 2014

Hap was a very personable man with a great strength of character. He always had a smile on his face. We enjoyed his stories of his younger life with Ruthie and the fun times they shared with Fred & Dale. He will be greatly missed.
Our love & prayers to his wonderful family.
Love,Pam & Fred Underwood ,Dale Underwood ( your Lubbock,Tx relatives)

Dubbie Duperier

April 14, 2014

I remember Hap and Ruthie as far back as when I was in high school.He always had a smile and a happy greeting. When they attended Christ church it was always a pleasure to visit with them.

April 14, 2014

Please except my deep condolences. Death of a love one is the hardest thing we can go through, because we are never prepared for it so I hope you find some comfort in knowing sickness, pain and death will one day be no more for this has been promised to us.

April 14, 2014

We have such fond memories of Hap and Ruthie. They were wonderful friends to Bob and Deedie and to us as well. We will always cherish our time spent together.
We offer our prayers and deepest sympathy to the Owens family.
John and Mashio Pope (Birmingham, AL)

April 14, 2014

We have such fond memories of Hap and Ruthie. They were wonderful friends to Bob and Deedie and to us as well. We will always cherish our time spent together.
We offer our prayers and deepest sympathy to the Owens family.
John and Mashio Pope (Birmingham, AL)

Andy Pryor Williams

April 13, 2014

Deepest sympathy to LaRue and his family for the loss of their loved one. You are in my most heartfelt prayers