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Edward Lee Owen, age 71, went to live with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on September 30, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis.
Mr. Owen is survived by his wife, Mary Lee Owen, and their two children, Michael Lee Owen and Kristina Danielle Owen Fisher (Davidson Kennedy Fisher Sr.). He also leaves behind two grandchildren, Davidson Kennedy Fisher Jr. and Mary Leigh Fisher.
Ed was born on October 20, 1947, in Prattville, Alabama, to Joseph David Owen Sr. and Carrie Lee Kornegay Owen, both deceased. He has two brothers, Jimmy Owen, deceased; and Joseph David Owen Jr., his wife, Sharon, and their children and grandchildren, of Columbus, Mississippi.
Ed grew up in Centreville, Alabama and graduated from Bibb County High School. He went on to graduate Auburn University with a Bachelor of Building Construction, and a Master of Aviation Management from Middle Tennessee State University.
Upon graduating Auburn University, he proudly entered the armed services, became a lieutenant in the United States Navy and went on to serve during the Vietnam War as a naval aviator. He then began his career as a commercial airline pilot for Northwest/Delta Airlines until he retired, upon which, he became an instructor for Boeing. Afterwards, he worked for FedEx as the Airbus Fleet Training Manager from which he recently retired in September 2018.
He loved his Savior, Jesus Christ, most of all. He deeply loved his wife and family. His love of his Auburn Tigers’ football was also very apparent. He enjoyed skydiving, running, biking, backpacking, snow skiing, flying, scuba diving and woodworking. Few knew he was also an author, played the bass guitar in a band and studied Tae Kwon Do.
Funeral Services for Mr. Owen were held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, October 3, 2019 at First Evangelical Church in Memphis. Interment followed at the West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Memphis. In lieu of flowers, his family kindly requests donations be made to Life Choices of Memphis, 5575 Raleigh-LaGrange Road, Memphis, TN 38134 or First Evangelical Church, 735 Ridge Lake Boulevard, Memphis, TN 38120.