Lt. Tommie Jones Owen
Lt. Tommie Jones Owen, Ret. USN, born September 13, 1927, lived 86 years, 5 months, and 25 days until he answered the call to his last duty station by his Lord and Savior on March 10, 2014.
Lt. Owen is preceded in death by his son Curtis and is survived by his best friend and wife of 22 years, Sarah, his children and grandchildren, both given an chosen, Donald Owen, Cocoa, FL, Brenda Owen, California, Beverly Emmons, Pensacola, FL, Randal Smith (Ginjer), Molino, FL, Lisa Bauer (Mike), Cantonment, FL, Brittany Marie, Brittany Nicole, Mallory, Tori, Matthew, Bailee, Rilee and Jayme and great-grandchild, Destiny.
Lt. Owen served in ports around the world as well as state side during his 22 year Navy career. He was employed by civil service at Corry Station after his retirement from the Navy. As a civilian, Lt. Owen traveled around the US until he settled in Molino, FL, where he became an active member of Highland Baptist Church in service to his Lord, church and community.
Tommie worked as a mentor in the Escambia School System until his health no longer allowed. During this time, Tommie never failed to present his Lord to the children in his care. He served as a representative to the Florida Baptist Children's Home and was supportive of the Home's endeavors.
Tommie loved the outdoors. He continually found projects to make our home and yard beautiful. Tommie adored his wife, Sarah, always bringing coffee to her in the mornings before work and meeting her at the door in the afternoons, always with a smile. Tommie made many trips to her work place to surprise her with flowers. Tommie was kind and thoughtful and never forgot to show his love. Tommie received love as freely as he gave it. Tommie gave 100% to whatever he became involved in. He believed if it was worth doing, it was worth doing right and to your best ability.
Our marriage was a testimony of God's love, grace, mercy an yes, His sense of humor, best described as he kept me anchored and I gave him wings.
Tommie loved his Lord, his country, and his family. He was loved by all who knew him for his gentle spirit, but his firm demonstration of his beliefs.
"My precious Tommie, I firmly promise you, I will meet you in the morning by the river on the banks of the evergreen shore." Love, Sarah
Visitation will be Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North. Funeral services will be Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 10:00 am at Highland Baptist Church with Brother Brian Calhoun officiating. Burial will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Covennat Hospice, Florida Baptist Children's Home or the Highland Baptist Church Bus Fund.
FAITH CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME NORTH, 1000 Hwy 29 South, Cantonment, FL is in charge of arrangements. You may express your condolences online at www.fcfhs.com
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