NEWARK: A funeral service, to Celebrate the Life of Reverend Wilbert H. Owens, 82 of Newark, Ohio will be held on Saturday, September 4, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the Criss-Schoedinger Funeral Home, with Pastor Michael Menefield officiating. Burial will follow at Newark Memorial Gardens.
Rev. Owens was born in Chattaroy, West Virginia (Mingo County) on May 28, 1928 to the late Tallie and Mary (Burton) Owens. He went to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 29, 2010 at the Medical Center of Newark.
He graduated from Liberty High School in Williamson, West Virginia in 1946. He studied Religious Education at The Ohio State University. Prior to retirement, he worked for American Electric Power for over 37 years. He enjoyed watching baseball and football, but most important in his life was God and family.
Rev. Owens was called into the ministry in June of 1959, preaching his trial sermon on January 10, 1960 and was an Ordained Minister of the Gospel in 1961. He was the Pastor of First Baptist Church of Mount Sterling for several years.
He was the former Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Coshocton, Ohio.
He was a member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Newark. He also enjoyed attending Trinity A.M.E. Church and also the Church of God of Licking County.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Shirley (Farmer) Owens; children, Frances Lenora Owens, Wilbert Owens Jr., and Victoria E. Owens, all of Newark, Ohio; grandchildren, Quantishia, Lance, Wilbert III, Tawndrea, Tamara, Tainesha and Tallie; three nieces, Brenda Owens, Zelinda Owens and Candace Owens; eight great grandchildren; and a host of friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Kathryn Bitting.
Family and friends may call at the funeral home, 179 Granville Street, Newark, Ohio on Friday from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Visit: www.CrissSchoedinger.com
to share a memory about Rev. Owens or to sign an online guest book.