Pauls Valley Democrat
Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — H.J. “Sonny” Owens entered this life on August 20, 1926 in Lindsay, Oklahoma, the first of three children born to H.B. and Ethel Owens. He passed away November 13, 2012 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 86 years. He and Juanita Story were married in Gainesville, Texas on July 1, 1946. They resided in Levelland, Texas for some time before returning to make Paoli their home. He was a member of the United Pentecostal Church. Sonny was a truck driver, a land construction worker and in later years tended his cows and farmed. He was preceded in death by a younger brother, his father and mother, who lived to be 102; and two great-grandchildren. Sonny is survived by his wife of over 66 years, Juanita Owens; three children: Linda Ivie of Moore, Donnie and Neva Owens of Pauls Valley, and Ronda and Rex Lovin of Salina, Kansas; four grandchildren: Terri Landry, Dalinda Ivie, Chris Owens, and Lance Martin; two step grandchildren, Scott and Kevin Sanders; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Charlene Peikert of Grand Prairie, Texas; one brother-in-law, Edward Story of Wayne; and several nieces and nephews. The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff of Washita Valley Living Center for taking care of Sonny over the years and to David and Linda Coffey for the beautiful service and kind words. Funeral services will be held Friday, November 16, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Paoli United Pentecostal Church officiated by Rev. Terry Erwin. Interment will be at Paoli Cemetery under the direction of Stufflebean-Coffey Funeral Home. We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the family's guestbook at www.stufflebeanfuneralhome.com.