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Terry W. Owens

Decatur

Terry W. Owens, 68, passed away October 27, 2012, at his residence. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 2006 Modaus Rd SW in Decatur. Visitation will be tonight from 6 to 8 at Shelton Funeral Home at 2105 Beltline Rd SW, and another on Tuesday from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

He was born in Jasper on July 5, 1944, to Wilson and Lillian Tillery Owens. He was raised in Samson where he was an outstanding high school athlete. He signed a football scholarship with the University of Alabama, but transferred to Jacksonville State University in 1963, where he graduated with a degree in Biology.

He was a two-sport performer for the Jacksonville Gamecocks in basketball and football. After a solid college career, he was drafted by both the NFL'S Chicago Bears and the AFL's San Diego Chargers in 1966. He opted to join the Chargers, playing 11 years until a back injury forced him into retirement.

Soon after his football career ended, Terry became a State Farm Agent. He was with State Farm for over 35 years, until his illness forced him to retire in March of last year.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Billy Ray Owens and Bobby Hue Carter.

Survivors include his wife, Alison Owens; his children, Dana Molan of Alabaster, Amanda Owens and Jason Owens of Jackonsville, Florida; his step son, Brian Blakley of Provo, Utah; twin brother, Jerry Owens; and brother, Jimmy Owens. He has five grandchildren, Katelin and William Molan, Reagan Owens, and Cora and Harrison Blakley.

Terry donated his tissue to the Boston University School of Medicine and the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. By participating in the groundbreaking medical research, Terry will be able to create knowledge and awareness that will make sports safer for all athletes at all levels of play, as well as facilitate research that will generate treatment and eventually a cure for CTE.

This obituary was originally published in the Decatur Daily.

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Published in Decatur Daily on Oct. 29, 2012.
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October 24, 2019
Terry's family I still remember what a wonderful Boss and friend Terry
was. God bless you, Peggy Black Flynt
Peggy Flynt
Friend
October 23, 2019
R.I.P. TEAMMATE , WE WILL PLAY TOGETHER AGAIN ON GODS UNDEFEATED TEAM !!
GONE BUT NEVER REMOVED FROM OUR HEARTS ♥
ROCKY SELANDERS
Friend
November 27, 2013
June Tillery and Jimmy Owens
To Jimmy...I know you may not remember me...I was the little girl that lived with June and Jeff Tillery in Louisville, Ky on Crittenden Drive. I have not seen any of you since the mid 60s but I remember you all very well. I was going through some old pictures today and found yours. Just happened on this page a couple of days before it was closed. I wanted to send my deepest sympathy for the loss of Terry, your Mom, Lillian and your Dad, Woodrow. You had a wonderful family that left me with the best memories...I pray your memories will keep you safe and warm. Nancy Elzey Jackowiak...Brooksville, Fl
Nancy Jackowiak
June 23, 2013
to my old friend many memories and some hard growing up for us little bits back when u were the hoss , will never forget all the good times and all the teaching u did for us little guys back then, was such a great time in my life and hope was in yours terry, my dear friend
rodney brown
November 1, 2012
Jimmy McCollough
November 1, 2012
Dear Alison and all the Owens Family. We will be unable to attend Terry's Memorial services today, but we will be there in spirit.
God bless you and all the family during this sad time!!!
Dot Merritt
October 30, 2012
We can not fully appreciate joyful reunions later without tearful seperations now. Sorry for your loss.
Sandra Meschnark
October 30, 2012
Prayers go out to the family and friends at this difficult time.
Linda Bedsole Lamm
October 30, 2012
Alison and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Terry was a good man. We are proud to have you and Terry for friends as well as honorary family. We are sorry for the suffering that you both endured from this illness, but are glad is is whole again with our Savior, Jesus. May the Lord bless you and your family with peace and comfort until we are together again.
Hoopes, Hight and Harris family
October 30, 2012
Alison and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We know how you feel as we have just lost our mother recently. We are sorry for the suffering that you both endured together with this illness. We're honored to have you and Terry as friends and honorary family. We are glad that he is now in peace and made whole again with our Savior. May the Lord bless and comfort you all till we are together again.
Hoopes, Hight and Harris family
October 30, 2012
Alison we love you very much and wish we could be with you. We are really going to miss Terry. Prayers for you and Family.
kay long
October 29, 2012
Alison and family, my prayers and thoughts are with you,during the loss of Terry, he was a true friend. He will be missed by many.God bless and comfort you all.
Marie Cullifer
October 29, 2012
The Hammett family has fond memories of Terry at JSU. Terry was close with my late father Gene. Terry sent me a football signed by the Chargers as a young teen. I have always appreciated his gift. God Bless the Owens family. Ray Hammett
Go Gamecocks!
October 29, 2012
Alison and family, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Always with love and abundant faith.
Sherrie Jones
October 29, 2012
Alison and family, I am so sorry for your loss,I'm six years older but I well remember him and his family. My most sincere condolences. He will be missed by a lot of people. Harold Spann
October 29, 2012
Alison we are so sorry to hear about the passing of Terry. He will forever be a member of the BTF family as you are. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Priest Adler
October 29, 2012
Sorrow is such a private thing, and no one could truly know what you are going through but know that I care and I am here for you now in any way you need. For some things there are no words, only shoulders to lean on, hands to hold and hugs to comfort. I offer all of these to you. My prayers are with you.
Susie Whitman
October 29, 2012
Alison,

We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Terry. We know how much you loved him and cared for him unconditionally. I know because of your sweet caring and love for him that he was able to pass to the other side safely and peacefully. You and Terry's loved ones will continue to be in my thought and prayers. We love you

Holly Drohn
October 29, 2012
Alison and family, my heart, my thoughts and my prayers are with you. Terry built warm memories with those of us who knew him in Samson. He was kind and always had a smile for us. I'll never forget him. Take care and may God be with you.
Charlotte Hogan Sharp
October 29, 2012
Allison and family. I am so sorry for your loss; yet, Terry is at peace and pain free. Be blessed, Helen Horvath
October 29, 2012
Donna Powell
October 29, 2012
I will always see Terry walking down the halls of Samson High School. Seems like yesterday. God be with the family at this time.
Our sincere condolences go out to the family of Terry Owens. He was an outstanding person with a wonderful outlook on life. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him. Millard and Donna Powell
Donna Powell
October 29, 2012
Alison and the Owens family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many happy memories of growing up with Terry and Jerry and he will be missed.
Dora Crowell
October 29, 2012
rest in peace until your name is called. John 5:28
October 29, 2012
A WONDERFUL TEAMATE FOR 10 YEARS AND A SPECIAL PERSON. GOD BLESS YOU TERRY!
Joe Beauchamp
October 29, 2012
Harold and I had lost touch with Terry and so many of other cousins that moved from Samson, but memories of them haven't been forgotten. God Bless you all. Harold and Mildred Owens
October 29, 2012
My prayers go out to the family and friends at this difficult time.
October 29, 2012
Our deepest sympathies to the Owens family. May your precious memories bring comfort and peace.
Priscilla Andrews-Ford (Coffee Spgs.) Dothan, Al.
October 29, 2012
To all of Terry's family, our deepest sympathy to all of you! All of us who grew up with Terry will forever cherish those memories. Our prayers are with you.
Steve & Vicki Holley
October 29, 2012
Alison, So sorry to learn of your loss. Terry was a true friend and a great classmate. I will cherish our friendship always.
Jerry Bedsole
October 29, 2012
My heart is with you Allison. Words cannot express the loss of a loved one, may peace and comfort be with you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Brenda McCollough
October 29, 2012
Our deepest sympathies to the Owens family. May you all find comfort and peace with the beautiful memories you have.
Priscilla Andrews-Ford (Coffee Spgs.) Dothan, Al.
October 29, 2012
Terry, I loved you and was always so proud to be your cousin, you and Jerry and T Bone were my heros growing up,You never knew that did ya.!!! You will be missed and leave a void that only you could fill but I know you are with Jesus and the heavenly Father and I know if ther is a football team in Heaven you will make the team !!Love you Terry and miss you.Cashie
October 29, 2012
Alison,
We are wishing you the best for the future and know Terry would want you to take care of yourself. Terry is in good hands now and his suffering on earth as come to an end. Our prayers are with you both.
Dick & Jo Bielski
October 29, 2012
Alison, My prayers are with you today and during this difficult time. Terry was a very special person and I will never forget him. Thank you for taking good care of him and allowing us to follow him on FB.
Redeitha Messer/Weiss
October 29, 2012
To The Owens Family,
You're all in my thoughts and prayers.
I worked with Terry 12 years and I have so many wonderful memories. I know everyone who knew him also knew what a wonderful & caring man he was. He was a good employer but a better friend and I will always remember the kind things he did for me during my time with him. I loved Terry like a brother and will miss him.

Peggy B. Flynt
Peggy Flynt
October 29, 2012
A fellow student at Samson High School
To Allison, all Terry's family and friends, my condolences to all. Terry was a childhood friend, and fellow ballplayer at Samson High School. But oh what a ball player. Terry was outstanding in football, but also scored 52 points in a high school game! However, he will be remembered by me as a kind friend and nice person.Rest in peace.
Allison Spann
October 29, 2012
Alison,
My sincere condolences for your loss of my friend and team mate. Know that I am here if you ever need to talk and rehash the "old days".
I know he is in a better place and totally healed. Thank you so much for being such a loving and faithful wife to him, I know he loved you dearly.
With sympathy and love,
Rocky Selanders (and family)
Rocky Selanders
October 29, 2012
My prayers are with you Alison, and your family.
Jimmy Hayes
October 29, 2012
My deepest sympathy to Alison and the Owens family.
Janet Masterson
October 29, 2012
We all were saddened to hear about the passing of Terry.
Prayers go out to Alison and all the family during this sad time.
"Snuff City Flashes"
October 29, 2012
To the entire Owens family, deepest condolences. God is giving support to all who are falling, and is raising up all who are bowed down. Psalm 145:14.
October 29, 2012
To the family of Terry Owens: Coach Jack and LeAnn Crowe from JSU wish to send their heartfelt condolences on Terry's passing. We will keep you in our prayers and he will always be in our JSU football family!
October 29, 2012
Saddened to hear of Terry's death. Buddy has so many fond memories of his special cousin. Our prayers are with the family.
TERRI & BUDDY KING
Samson, AL
October 29, 2012
So sorry for your loss.Terry will be missed by so many who knew and loved him. He will never be forgotten by the people who knew him here in Samson. Peggy lee.
Peggy Lee
October 29, 2012
We are sorry to learn of Terry's death.
He was our insurance agent for the 22 years we have been in Decatur, he always had a smile for us when we went into the office.
Terry will surely be missed, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.
Lance and Wanda Conway
October 29, 2012
RIP TERRY, ILL NEVER FORGER GROWING UP WITH YOU LOVE MO OWENS
October 29, 2012
Dear Alison and family,
So sorry to hear about the passing of Terry. Y'all will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
God bless!!!
Eldon and Dot Merritt
October 29, 2012
RIP TERRY , ILL NEVER FORGET GROWING UP WITH . LOVE MO OWENS
MAX OWENS
October 29, 2012
TERRY, RIP WE SURE HAD A GOOD TIME GROWING UP TOGETHER,MO OWENS
October 29, 2012
My prayers are with your family at this time of great loss. May the memories that were made with Terry comfort you and ease the pain.

Erika McDuffie Hutto - Samson, AL
October 29, 2012
My prayers are with your family at this time of great loss. May your memories made with Terry comfort you and ease the pain.

Erika McDuffie Hutto
October 29, 2012
May God continue to Bless you in heaven as he has down here in earth. You will be missed. RIP Terry
David Wertz
October 29, 2012
Alison,
My thoughts and prayers are with you today. I was sadened to hear of our loss. Like so many people from Samson, Terry was a hero to me. I will always remember him for the time he took up with a skinny, clumbsy 9th grader encourageing me to continue to practice
basketball.

Huey Jackson
SHS 1965
October 29, 2012
Alison and family, my sincere thoughts and prayers are yours for the loss of Terry. May Terry rest in peace and may God be with you!
Roy "Moose" Spears
October 29, 2012
Terry, we all loved you! You made us proud in Samson. God bless you and be with your family!
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