Jimmy Leon Owens
Jimmy Leon Owens left his beloved Tahiti Bar Ranch to dance on the streets of gold on May 24th 2019.
He began his life on October 31st, 1943 in Temple Texas “in the old Kings Daughter’s Hospital.” Jimmy was the only son of Mary Frances Rogan Owens Conner, and Jesse T. Owens. His love for working with flowers started while delivering for his father at Temple Floral in his teen years. This talent would lead him down the path to winning State competitions and the opening of his own flower shop.
His devoted drive for life led him to great success in the world of manufacturing and medical waste disposal, including managing the steel plant at Artco-Bell, Co-Owner and Executive Vice-President of GM Heater Supply, and Owner of High Horizon Inc. the largest independent medical waste transporter in the State of Texas.
Jimmy was a lifetime member of the AQHA and an avid collector of vintage automobiles. He traveled the world with his beloved wife, loved to attend gospel music concerts, and lived to dance.
Devoted to his two daughters, he was known for his “Charming” personality and ability to make all of their friends feel as if they were one of his own. Jimmy is remembered for his contagious love for dancing and had the ability to draw in and teach even the shyest person one of his favorite pastimes.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Ron Pettit and sister Nancy Pettit Livingston. Left to cherish his memory, is the love of his life Susan Pettit Owens whom he married on March 6, 1993 and enjoyed 26 years together, his daughters Jeanese Owens Ranly-Husband Brian Ranly and Jodi Owens Fields Livingston-Husband Donald Livingston, grandchildren Colton Lee Ranly, Jared Paul Ranly, Bailee Renae Fields, Rogan Heath Ranly, Caidon Ray Livingston, Avery Jo Fields, and great-granddaughter Kelsey Leigh Ranly. Sisters Judith Juergens, Margaret Wilson, and Brothers George Livingston, Bob Pettit and their families. Cousin, and brother of his heart, Walter Tutor and his wife Martha Tutor. Along with his maternal Aunt Patricia Holloway and her children, Bill Tutor, Michael Baca, and Gina Veillon, grandchildren Bill Tutor and Waylon Tutor who all loved him like an uncle. Jimmy also shared a special bond with his nephew Ronald Pettit-Wife Tish Pettit.
Visitation will be held at Scanio-Harper Chapel from 9:00-11:00 am on Friday May 31st with Service to follow. Interment will be at Bel-Falls Cemetery with the conclusion of his celebration of life.
In lieu of flowers, Jimmy requested that donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. If flowers are sent, the family’s florist of choice is BJ’s of Belton.