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Demser "Dempsey" Owens

Demser "Dempsey" Owens

CEDAR HILL, TX: Services for Mr. Demser "Dempsey" Owens, 57 of Cedar Park, TX was held Monday, October 14, 2013, 12:00 noon at People's Choice Worship Center in Killeen, TX. Bishop George Williams, Pastor of People's Choice Worship Center of Killeen, TX officiated. Pastor Shannon Little Jr. of Home Christ Bible Fellowship, Dallas, TX gave the eulogy. Burial followed with Military Honors at Central Texas Veteran's State Cemetery in Killeen, TX. Mr. Owens died September 29, 2013 in Memphis, TN.

Demser "Dempsey" Owens was born on April 16, 1956 in Mansfield, Ohio to Louis Will Owens and Eva Mae (Briggs) Owens. He graduated from Mansfield Senior High School. After High School, he was employed with Reeds Electric Company as an Electrician Assistant, James Crawford Brick Layers and at The Brass Factory as a molder in Mansfield, OH.

He entered the United States Army on May 1, 1980 and received an Honorable discharge April 24, 1984. His awards include the Marksmanship Badge, Expert Badge M-16 Rifle, Hand Grenade Badge, Good Conduct Medal, and the Army Service Medal. After serving in the military, he was employed with Glaze Electric Co in Killeen, TX; Triple S. Electric Co in Copperas Cove, TX; and Waterloo Electric Company in Austin, TX all as an Electrician Assistance.

He was a past member of Mount Herman Baptist Church in Ohio and a present member of Home of Christ Bible Fellowship Church in Dallas, TX. He was an avid piano player and musical artist.

He united in marriage to Ramona R. Reid on June 28, 1997 in Garland, Texas. They shared many wonderful memories together.

He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife: Ramona R. Owens, Cedar Hill, TX; sons: Hasson Ritchie Owens, Hurst, TX, Carnel J. Bryant, Dallas, TX; daughters: Nioka Ritchie Owens (Walter), Euless, TX, Joan Bryant (Richard Harris), Dallas, TX; grandchildren: Kalob Owens, Arlington, TX, Nazareth Sutton, Arlington, TX, Deacon and Dylan Harris, Dallas, TX; Godchildren: Arianna Triplett, Delisha Triplett, Carlisea Hutchinson, Cedar Rapids, IA, Skyler Lambert, Dallas, TX; father: Louis Will Owens, Mansfield, OH; brothers: James E. Owens and his wife, Barb, Pittsburgh, PA, Johnny E. Owens and his wife, Belinda, Mansfield, OH, and Timothy Will Owens, Columbus, OH; sisters: Jan M. Woods (Gregory), Capital Heights, MD, Queen Dulin McKinney (Ronald), Mansfield, OH, Jill Anderson (Mark), Indianapolis, IN, Sandy E. Everson (Kenneth), Gahanna OH, Rhonda K. Porter (Isaac), Indianapolis, IN; and a host of other uncle, aunts, cousin and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his mother: Mrs. Eva M. Owens, brother: L A Owens, and sister Virginia Jones, and grandson, Diallo Dempsey Ritchie Owens.

At an early age, Dempsey gave his life to Christ at the Mount Herman Baptist Church in Mansfield, Ohio. He served many years as Minister of Music for the Peoples Choice Worship Center in Killeen, Texas, the Greater Davis C.O.G.I.C., Dallas, TX, Refreshing Springs C.O.G.I.C., Garland, TX and The Home of Christ Bible Fellowship Church in Dallas, TX. He was an avid piano player, blessed by God as he never took a piano lesson; a vocalist and musical artist. He loved to offer his gift of playing to serve as musician for home-going services for families and friends from the Gulf of Mexico, the Bayou of Louisiana, Memphis, TN and throughout Texas. Dempsey also was an artist. Yet stand today, 25 years later, a full wall mural depicting 50 years of Texas history on a wall at the Eastward Elementary School in Killeen, Texas. The school children and faculty held a two-day observance for visitors to see the mural, which they vow to keep in his memory.

Dempsey left a huge legacy wherever he went. He never met a stranger, and he always left a positive attitude with all that he encountered.

The Owens family wishes to thank each and every one of you who have expressed sympathy with loving words, cards or flowers on behalf of our loved one. Your kindness was appreciated very much. We want you to know that the Home-going Celebration for Dempsey, held in Killeen, Texas on October 14th was truly a blessing. May God Bless you.

Published in the News Journal on Oct. 20, 2013
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