Obituary and Service Information for James C Owens

Owens, James C

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019 & Friday, August 16, 2019
Time: 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Visitation Location:
Mahn Twin City Chapel, 515 Collins, Festus, Missouri 63028

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019
Time: 11:00 am

Service Location:
Mahn Twin City Chapel


Memorials, if desired, may be made to Camp Hope for Veterans PO Box 52 Farmington, MO 63640 or to Longmeadow Rescue Ranch 480 Joseph’s Rd. Union, MO 63084.

Reverend James Carroll “Jim” Owens of Festus, Missouri entered into his eternal rest on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Mercy Jefferson Hospital in Festus at the age of 78 years. He was born on May 22, 1941 at Alicia, Arkansas the son of the late Willis and Ruby (Byrd) Owens. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Sandra (Willis) Owens and a brother-in-law Al Grossman.

Jim was born and grew up in Alicia, Arkansas. Attended Walnut Ridge High School he then enlisted and proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force. After his time in the Air Force, Jim moved from Arkansas to Jefferson County in 1965 and soon after answered the call to the Gospel Ministry. He served at various churches, filling pulpits and serving as an interim pastor, notably serving at Oak Grove Baptist Church from 1972-1977, at Bethlehem Baptist in 1978. In 1988 he became a Chaplain for JMH Hospice serving for 12 years and an on-call Chaplain for Mercy Jefferson Hospital, a ministry he continued up until the time of his passing. He worked for River City Cement for nearly 22 years. He was a licensed funeral director for Mahn Funeral Home’s and a staff chaplin. He was a member of the Sandy Baptist Church of Hillsboro, the Mount Zion Cemetery Board, the Missouri Funeral Directors Association, the Festus Rotary Club, a past member of the Festus-Crystal City Elks’ Lodge #1721 where he served as Chaplain from 2007-2010 and was awarded All State Chaplain by the Missouri Elks Association in the Ritualistic Contest in 2008 and competed in the National Ritualistic Contest in Anaheim, California in 2009. He was a member of the Herculaneum AMVETS Post #42 serving as Chaplain in 2011 to the present, the AMVET Riders since 2011 up to the present, the Festus American Legion Post #253, and the American Legion Riders since 2010 until the present.

Jim was a “Jack-of-all-trades” and never backed down from a project no matter how challenging. He loved to travel, especially loved Branson (as long as he could be in the driver’s seat), he never met a stranger and was always quick to tell a good joke badly. He lived to serve and took his role as a Gospel Minister very seriously always available to those in need of prayer and spiritual guidance and officiated over numerous weddings and funeral services throughout the years. He had a heart for Veteran’s and always stood up for Veteran’s rights. He was also a lover of animals and a strong supporter of animal rights, advocacy, and animal rescue and adoption.

He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him including his wife, Donna K. Owens of Festus, his children, James Willis Owens of Festus, Melissa (Christopher Steib) Owens of Hillsboro and Dustin E. (Elizabeth) Hawkins of St. Louis; five grandchildren, Faith Christina Steib, Devon Michael Owens, Mikalah Ann Owens, Jordan Michael Owens, and Lauren James Hawkins; a brother Ben (Dixie) Owens of Jonesboro, Arkansas and a sister Kay (the late Al) Grossman of Phoenix, Arizona. Additionally, he is survived by his mother-in-law, Catherine Mahn of Desoto, sister-in-law Kathy Shelley of Festus, brother-in-law Todd (Rita) Mahn of Festus, nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and numerous other relatives, dear friends, and neighbors. Last but not least, Jim’s Fur babies, Ranger the Lab, Elwood the Cat and Aria the Horse.

Friends may call from 4-8 pm on Thursday, August 15, 2019 and from 4-8 pm on Friday, August 16, 2019 at the Mahn Twin City Chapel in Festus. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at 11 am on Saturday, August 17th at the Mahn Twin City Chapel with Pastor Jimmy Turner and Chaplain Dennis Heck officiating, and eulogy by Todd Mahn and other family members, followed by full military honors at the funeral home. Private Interment will be at Sandy Baptist Cemetery. Share your condolences and view obituary at


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