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James Owens

James Wheeler "Jimmy" Owens

Wednesday, January 13th, 1943 - Monday, May 25th, 2020
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Obituary

James “Jimmy” Wheeler Owens, 77, of Salem, Va., passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020.

Jimmy was born in Henderson, N.C. He was a remodeler for most of his life, primarily as a painter and wallpaper hanger. He loved to fish and watch football and basketball. At one point many years ago, he even served the Salem Junior League boys’ basketball team as assistant coach.

Preceding him in death were his parents, George Astor and Mildred Elizabeth Mitchell Owens; brother, Bobby Owens Sr.; and brother-in-law, B.G. Edwards Jr.

His surviving family includes his sister, Betty O. Edwards; aunt, Pauline Canaday; nephews, Gill Edwards, Keith Edwards, and Bobby Owens Jr.; niece, Cathy Tabor (Butch); many great-nephews and great-nieces; and a pet companion, Bella.

Special appreciation is expressed to Kindred Hospice for its loving care of Jimmy.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2020, at the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem, Va. Upon processing to Sherwood Memorial Park, a graveside service will be conducted at 3 p.m. with Pastor Roger Counts officiating. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs as there will be no seating made available by the cemetery.

Online condolences may be shared at www.johnmoakey.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, June 5th, 2020 | 1:30pm - 2:30pm
    When
    Friday, June 5th, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm
    Location
    John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home
    Address
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Graveside Service

    Friday, June 5th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    When
    Friday, June 5th, 2020 3:00pm
    Location
    Sherwood Memorial Park
    Address
    1250 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs as there will be no seating made available by the cemetery.
    Officiant
    Pastor Roger Counts
  • Interment

    Friday, June 5th, 2020 |
    When
    Friday, June 5th, 2020
    Location
    Sherwood Memorial Park
    Address
    1250 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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Butch Skelton

Posted at 08:40am
Jimmy was a kind, quite man. He was the brother of my friend and neighbor Betty . HE WAS ALWAYS NICE TO ME AND LOVED HIS FAMILY AND BETTY AND HER FAMILY ALL THE YEARS IVE KNOWN HIM. HE ALWAYS HELPED Betty with whatever she needed as long as he could. His health diminished lately but he wanted to be home with Betty and her family. A lot of love there.
 

Butch Skelton Posted at 08:41am

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