Annie M. Owens
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(Mrs. Clinton Richard Owens)
Annie Mae Witt Owens was born in Mount Hope on May 4, 1926, and died on Oct. 5, 2013, in Town Creek following an extended illness. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Dr. Clinton Richard Owens, of Town Creek; her parents, Claude Witt and Annie Belle Harris Witt, of Mount Hope; a stepmother, Ella Sockwell Witt, of
Tuscumbia; two brothers, Claude Witt Jr., of Mount Hope, and Walter Witt, of Courtland; two sisters, Mary Lee Witt, of Mount Hope, and Juanita Jeffreys, of Hatton; and a great-nephew, Jeff Witt, of Mount Hope.
She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Claudia Ann Owens Walker, of Town Creek;
granddaughter, Elizabeth Anne Anderson, of Town Creek; grandson, Clint Owen Anderson, of Town Creek; one niece, Darlo Witt Wimberly, of Mount Hope; and two nephews, Max Witt, of Mount Hope, and Dan Jeffreys, of Huntsville. She also has two great-nieces.
She was a graduate of Hatton High School. Following high school, she attended Florence
State Teachers College (UNA) receiving a degree in Elementary Education (BSEd). Her
first jobs were at C.C. Smith and Mount Hope Schools in Lawrence County. While working in Falkville, she attended Peabody College at Vanderbilt in Nashville where she
received her Master Degree in Elementary Education (MSEd). Mrs. Owens taught numerous years in Huntsville. While teaching there, she was president of the "Classroom Teacher's Organization" and represented Huntsville Public Schools at the National Education Association's annual meeting. Later, Owens moved to Tuscaloosa where she received her Education Specialists Degree (EdS) in Special Education from the Univeristy of Alabama. She retired from teaching after 40 years of service from the
Montgomery Public School System. She was active in numerous organizations throughtout her life including a Silver Sister of Alpha Delta Kappa, Kappa Kappa Iota,
Women's Studies Club, Women's Literary Society, Women's Association of Colleges
and Universities, Radiance Garden Club (Courtland), Order of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the American Revolution, Alabama Society Daughters of the American Colonists and Colonial Dames of the XVII Century. She was also a member of many
philanthropic organizations readily donating time and money. She helped to raise money for the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the National Diabetes Foundation. In addition, Mrs. Owens taught Sunday school and Bible school at numerous churches where she had lived. She served as superintendent of Sunday school at First Baptist Church in Huntsville. She was currently a member of Okolona Baptist Church in Town Creek.
Visitation for Mrs.Owens will be held today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30
p.m. at Elliott Funeral Home in Moulton, with the funeral service following at 1:30 p.m.
The service will be officiated by Chaplain James Tambordo. Father Roy Runkle of St.
Joseph's Catholic Church in Florence will assist with the visitation.
Pallbearers are Billy Joe Wimberly, Max Witt, Jerone Witt, Donald Berryman, Burlis Mears and Neil Mutchler.
Honorary pallbearers are Clint Owen Anderson, Duston Horton and Travis Wray.
Appreciation goes to the employees of Amedisys Hospice in Florence.
Special thanks go to Dorothy Phillips, Sharon McGee, Josh Tambordo, Ashley Hopson, of Amedisys, and Barbara Upton, of Hatton.
Published in Florence Times Daily on Oct. 9, 2013
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