Alfred “Tex” Owens

July 1, 1922 - February 9, 2014

07/01/1922 - 02/09/2014

Owens, Alfred Paul “Tex” of Bellaire was called home by his Lord and Savior on February 9, 2014 at Liza’s Place in Wheeling, WV. He was surrounded by his family and friends.

Tex was born July 1, 1922, the son of the John and Mary Mentz Owens. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, John Owens, Tom Owens and William Bill Owens, and his first wife Hazel Jean Spencer Owens Fletcher.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Helen Carpenter Smathers Owens of Bellaire, OH, his sister, Alice Kelly of IN as well as his children: Bonnie Owens of Neffs, OH, Alfred “Butch” Dorothy Owens of PA, Penny Rick Montoya Owens of TX, Betty David Dorff of Martins Ferry, OH, Rose Owens Campbell of Bellaire, OH, Larry Patty Owens of PA, Carrie Dick Edgar of MA,
Paul Lydia Smathers of Bridgeport, OH, Donald Smathers of Neffs, OH, Richard Christina Smathers of Powhatan Point, OH, Randy Terry Smathers of CO, a Grandson, Raymond R.C. Smathers of Bellaire, OH, Jimmy Ruthy Owens of Bridgeport, OH, and John Rosetta Owens of Martins Ferry, OH. He is also survived by 40 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, numerous great-great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition he is survived by his care givers Kim and Angie and his best friend, his dog PuBear.

Tex was a World War II Army Veteran having served in the Pacific Theater. He was a life member of the DAV and a member of the American Legion. He was a retired sheet metal worker and a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union of Martins Ferry, OH. He was a former member of the Neffs Volunteer Fire Department.

Tex was very active in the Shadyside Church of the Nazarene. His commitment to the work of the Lord was clear for all to see. He made many trips with Men in Missions to Mexico, the Bahamas, South and Central America and the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. He also served as a missionary in Papua New Guinea. He worked for many years at the Sun Valley Indian School in Sun Valley, AZ, where he also served as an Aux. Deputy Sheriff and the pastor of a small Nazarene church on the Navajo Reservation.

Visitation will be held at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Home & Crematory, 441 37th Street Bellaire, OH, Friday, February 14, 2014 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm and Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 10am until time of funeral service at 2pm with Rev. Dennis Hancock officiating.

Burial follows in Greenwood Cemetery Bellaire Ohio.

Belmont County Veterans Association will conduct full Military Graveside Honors.

Memorial donations may be made to the Shadyside Church of the Nazarene or Liza’s Place.

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Maryann Droll
7 years ago

Dear Ones —

What a joy and a blessing it was to visit with you and Tex at Liza’s Place. I was glad when he woke up to sing “How Great Thou Art” with me; but, I was sorry that he had left Liza’s Place before I returned the following Wednesday. I was truly hoping to sing “Good Night and Good Morning” for him, since you said that he had mentioned liking that old hymn. I’m sure that the Lord will let him hear it on Saturday.

May God’s peace and blessings be yours during this most tender season; and, may He give you many lovely memories, so that you may always have roses in December.

Ever hoping . . .

Always in Jesus,

Maryann Liza’s Place Music Ministry Volunteer

7 years ago

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all through this difficult time.

God Bless

Tanya Thomas
7 years ago

I am so sorry for your loss.My thoughts and prayers are with your family…..

Nena Atwell Sebroski
7 years ago

I enjoyed working for your dad he had alot of interesting stories he told me he will be missed by many. RIP Mr.Owens

Cheryl J Skinner, Patriot Guard
7 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time

May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Alfred Owens, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your work on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

US Army Veteran Alfred Owens, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

David Nuth
7 years ago

My heart is full of sorrow for your loss.May my prayers help ease the pain you all must have at this time.All my love, David

William H Monroe
7 years ago

Nice picture the man I remember.R.I.P

bill kraus
7 years ago

Our deepest sympathy to the Owens Family. From The Kraus Family

The Arigonis
7 years ago

Our thougts and prayers are with youns as you go through this hard time.May The Good Lord comfort youns.

Barbara {Morris} Russell
7 years ago

Penny and Family, I’m so sorry for your loss! My thoughts and Prayers are with each one of you.Your DAD, was a great guy. I’ve known Penny and your dad for many years and some of the others too.

Debbie *Edgar* Cumberledge
7 years ago

So very sorry to hear about your dad. He lived an exciting life. Now he is resting pain free. He will always be with you Betty,Rosie,Penny,and Bonnie. Love to my friends.