The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 17, 2014

Obituaries — Monday, March 17, 2014


William Kyle ‘Billy’ Owens

William Kyle “Billy” Owens, age 62, of Sophia, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley with his family by his side. Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.”

Born on May 28, 1951, in Welch, W.Va., he was the son of the late Joseph Ben Owens and Clara Alberty Owens. Though born in Welch, he spent most of his childhood in Stotesbury and attended Mark Twain High School.

He was a coal miner, and a member of the UMWA, local district #17. He was disabled in 2007.

Billy enjoyed fishing on his boat with family and friends, watching westerns, racing, and his beloved “West Virginia Mountaineers.” Recently he became a member of the Truth Assembly Ministries. He was very proud that he gave his life to the Lord. The family wishes to thank each and  every one of you for your thoughts and prayers.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Clara Owens, and by two brothers, Franklin and Jimmie Owens.

On December 22, 1972, he married Brenda Rutherford Owens, and they just celebrated their 42nd anniversary. They have three children, Donna Owens and her companion Aaron Asbury of Sophia, Michelle Owens and her companion Darrell Cantley of Pulaski, Tenn., and Kevin Owens and his companion Lorrie Ayers of Sophia. Billy also has three granddaughters, Brianna Wilson of Lake Park, Ga., Samantha Robertson of Sophia, and Savannah Lilly of Pulaski, Tenn.; two grandsons, Justin Reed of Pulaski, Va., and Travis K. Owens of Pulaski, Tenn.; and one great-grandson, Bryson Reed of Pulaski, Va.

He is survived by one brother, Joseph Owens and his wife Sharon of Coal City; four sisters, Janell Meadows of Columbus, Ga., Juanita Lilly and her husband Pete of Landover, Md., Trula Burgess and her companion Dennis Adkins of Beckley, and Susie Owens and her companion Mike Wyco of Beaver. Billy had many nieces and nephews, and one who was close to his heart, Jenny Lynn Owens Welch and her husband Terry of Mabscott.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 8 p.m., with Rev. Hibbard Hatfield officiating.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Darrell Cantley, Aaron Asbury, Dennis Adkins, Gene Perkins, Kevin Owens. Honorary pallbearers will be Travis Owens and Justin Reed.

Private entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity, W.Va., on Thursday morning.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV, in memory of Mr. Owens.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.

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