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Orba Ray “PeWee” Owens

Orba Ray “PeWee” Owens, went to be with his Lord Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 at the age of 82 at St. John’s Medical Center, Tulsa.

PeWee was born July 4, 1931 in Magazine, Ark. to Melvin “Pete” and Leona (Robins) Owens. Orba married Patty Henley Oct. 12, 1974 in Sayre, Okla. Throughout his working years he was a heavy machine operator and a long distance truck driver. Patty trucked with him for 7 years before his retirement from Continental Express. He was a Baptist. PeWee was a man of many talents. He could play any musical instrument that he ever touched and loved to sing his country and gospel music. He was an excellent carpenter. He also loved to hunt, fish and camp.

PeWee is survived by his loving wife Patty of the home; two daughters, Pam Vanzant of Texas, and Mary Lou Pillars and husband Clifford of Texas; one son, Tom Romans and wife Alana of Oklahoma; four grandchildren, Wynema Vanzant, Sherman Cooper, Brandy Smith of Texas and Tami Rolands of Oklahoma; four great grandchildren, Cierra, Brilynn, Colby and Blake; one sister, Rachel Wineberger and husband Willis; as well as several nieces, nephews including a special niece, Beverly Crowley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Oscar Owens, sister-in-law Ina Mae Owens, and son-in-law Elmer Vanzant.

Graveside services were held Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 at the A.J. Powell Cemetery Pavilion with Pastor Seth Pester. Taped music selections included “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art,” and “Ill Fly Away.”

Powell Funeral Home of Hominy, Okla. made the arrangement.

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