I recently found these obituaries for my gg grandfather. I'm posting them here for others who may be researching the Owen family of Meriwether Co.
In Memory of E. P. Owen
Mr. Ezekiel P. Owen was born October 10th, 1846, and died December 3rd, 1908. He enlisted in the Confederate army in February, 1864, in Company 13th Georgia regiment.
He made a gallant soldier, ever ready to respond to the call of duty. He was sounded in the face, the mark of which he bore until his death; the ball remained in his head for several years until it fell into his mouth.
His greatest ambition was in the up building of his community. He labored hard for the education of his and his neighbor's children. He served as trustee of the Alps school for twenty-five years. Tuesday night before he died and Thursday morning he requested the writer to call the patrons of the school together and elect a board of trustees. We answered him that we would meet the next day and elect them, and would re-elect him and he replied "All right, but I will not be trustee longer than Friday".
In early life he joined the Methodist church at New Hope and was a consistent member until his death. He loved God's people and was ever ready to support his church.
On December 12, 1867, he was married to Miss Julia Anne Duke and settled on a part of this father's (William Owen, old home, where he lived happily until a Higher Power bid him come above. To them were born eight children, all of whom, together with his devoted wife, survive him. The children are L. O. Owen, of Monticello, Ga.; W. J. Owen, of Port Falls, Idaho; Mrs. Camilla Reid, of River View, Alabama; Chas. D. Owen, of Arapaho, Oklahoma; J. P. Owen, of Neal, Georgia; Mrs. Popie Estes, of Alvaton, Georgia; Miss Katie Owen, of River View, Alabama, and Jno. R. Owen, of Alps, Ga. Besides these he leaves three brothers, Mr. Richard Owen, of Alps, Ga.; Mr. Rufus Owen, of Gay, Ga.; Mr. Bob Owen, of Oklahoma, and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his death. On the night of October 7th last he was bitten by a dog that was lying out his porch and died from the bite. Not knowing that the dog had rabies, he didn't think it was necessary to go to the Pasteur Institute for treatment.
On Thursday, just one week before he died, he complained of a pain in his neck, and called in a physician. On Saturday he was better and went to Oakland, Alvaton, and Alps, to settle some small accounts, believing that his time was short. On Sunday night he was taken violently ill and called in two physicians. He gradually grew worse until the end came Thursday morning at 8:30 o'clock.
The funeral services were conducted at the family residence Friday morning at the o'clock by Dr. S. B. Cousins and the remains were laid to rest in the family burying ground near the home of his birth.
Death of Mr. E. P. Owen
The death of Mr. E. P. Owen at Oakland last week removed from the stage of earthly action one of the county's best citizens.
His death was peculiarly sad. e was bitten by a mad dog and died from the effects of hydrophobia.
Mr. Owen was a brave solider of the "Lost Cause". He followed the flag of Robert E. Lee and bore on his face the imprint of a Yankee bullet.
He was a good citizen and by his death Meriwether county has sustained a great loss. Mr. Owen was a member of the Methodist church and a firm believer in the truths of religion.
The brave old soldier has answered the roll call on high and joined his comrades on the eternal camping ground in the celestial city.
Card of Thanks
We wish to express our appreciation to our dear neighbors and friends who were so kind and good to us through the illness and death of our dear husband and father. May God's richest blessings ever be with our dear family physician, Dr. J. C. Mathews, who did so much for our dear father and husband in his last agonies, are the prayers of his wife and children.
Mrs. Julia A. Owen and children