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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