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Ronell Lester Owensby

February 19, 1933 May 13, 2019
Ronell Lester Owensby
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Obituary for Ronell Lester Owensby

Ronell Lester Owensby, 86, of Lakewood Acres Drive, Gaffney, passed away Monday, May 13, 2019 at Atrium Health - Cleveland.

Ronell is the son of the late Rev. Jessie Owensby and mother Mrs. Onnie Brown Owensby. He was preceded in death by his Dad and Mother and oldest daughter, Ronetta Owensby Lackey. Ronell has said he has been blessed with the most wonderful family anyone could have. He leaves behind his dear wife, Ann Pack, his youngest daughter, Jenny Owensby Warren and her husband, Mike Warren and their two sons, Hunter and Grant Warren. Two additional grandchildren of Ronell and Ann are Taylor Lackey, Savannah Lackey Jones and husband, Dustin Jones and their two children, Tucker and Ryker. He also leaves behind many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews.

Rev. Owensby is a graduate of Flat Rock High School, Flat Rock, NC, Mars Hill Junior College, Carson-Newman Christian University, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary along with additional studies. He served as Trustee at Carson-Newman Christian University for five years.

Rev. Owensby was ordained to the Gospel Ministry at East Flat Rock Baptist Church on August 17, 1955. His first pastorate was Rocks Springs Baptist Church in Cherokee, NC. After entering and graduating from seminary he and his wife, Ann, served a number of churches in Virginia with the last being Mount Hermon Baptist Church in Danville, VA. At this point Ronell and Ann accepted the call to serve as International Missionaries under the International Mission Board of SBC. Following language studies in Costa Rica and career assignment in Venezuela they served under the Board's appointment for six years. Upon returning on furlough they were called to the First Baptist Church of Cowpens, SC, where they served for seventeen years. Afterwards they accepted a call to the First Baptist Church of Rogersville, TN where they served for eleven years until retirement in 1999. After retirement he served as Interim Pastor at a number of churches in N.C. and S.C.

The visitation will be 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Thursday, May 16 at Cherokee Creek Baptist Church, 501 Buck Shoals Road, Gaffney, SC 29341.

The funeral service will be 5:00 PM, Thursday, May 16 at Cherokee Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Bob Rogers, Dr. Terry Duvall and Rev. Aubrey Floyd officiating.

A graveside service will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, May 18 at Polkville Baptist Church Cemetery, 4214 Polkville Road, Polkville, NC 28136 with Rev. Jeremy Peeler and Rev. Keith Dixon officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship building.

Memorials may be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering, c/o Baptist State Convention of NC, 205 Convention Drive, Cary, NC 27511.


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Visitation

Thursday

16

May

4:00 PM 5/16/2019 4:00:00 PM - 5:00 PM 5/16/2019 5:00:00 PM
Cherokee Creek Baptist Church

501 Buck Shoals Road
Gaffney, SC 29341

Cherokee Creek Baptist Church
501 Buck Shoals Road Gaffney 29341 SC
United States

Funeral Service

Thursday

16

May

5:00 PM 5/16/2019 5:00:00 PM
Cherokee Creek Baptist Church

501 Buck Shoals Road
Gaffney, SC 29341

Cherokee Creek Baptist Church
501 Buck Shoals Road Gaffney 29341 SC
United States

Graveside Service

Saturday

18

May

11:00 AM 5/18/2019 11:00:00 AM
Polkville Baptist Church Cemetery

4214 Polkville Road
Polkville, NC 28136

Polkville Baptist Church Cemetery
4214 Polkville Road Polkville 28136 NC
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Polkville Baptist Church Cemetery Final Resting Place

4214 Polkville Road
Polkville, NC 28136

4214 Polkville Road Polkville 28136 NC
United States
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