Wesley Lucius Owens


Wesley Lucius Owens, 88, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at Navicent Health Hospital in Milledgeville. A memorial service will be held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Milledgeville on Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. There will be a reception at the church hall following the service.
Wesley was born in Nashville, Tenn. on Aug. 16, 1930, to Adrian and Hazel Owens. He graduated from Technological High School (now Henry W. Grady High School) in Atlanta, Ga. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1947 where he served three years as an airplane mechanical helper.
He began his career in journalism as a reporter for the Birmingham News. After his marriage to Ruth Gilmore, they moved to Montgomery where he worked for the Montgomery Advertiser. He went on to work as a features writer and city editor with both the Anniston Star and the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. As a reporter and features writer, he interviewed such notables as Susan Hayward, Liberace, Gov. George Wallace and Pres. Dwight Eisenhower. He then opened his own advertising agency in Columbus, Ga. and became the public relations director for Blue Cross and Blue Shield. On leaving Blue Cross, he became involved in the cable television field. He managed several cable companies in Georgia including Rigel Communications in Gordon from which he retired. He had served as president of the Georgia Cable Association.
He was a professional photographer and a licensed pilot. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed water sports and snow skiing trips with his family and friends. His hobbies included stamp collecting, card games, reading and travel. He enjoyed car racing where he once served in a pit crew at Daytona Raceway. He once called himself a mechanic by hobby and rebuilt many cars including a Model T in his teenager years.
He was a Boy Scout, member of the Lions Club and a Rotarian. He was a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. He was a longtime member of St Stephen's Episcopal Church where he served as lay reader, Eucharistic Minister and Senior Warden of the Church Vestry.
Wesley is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 67 years Ruth Gilmore Owens of Milledgeville; his loving daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia Owens Topps and David Topps of Cornwall, N.Y.; his sister, Doris Gwinette, of Forest Park, Ga.; his godson, James Dudley of Columbus, Ga.; his goddaughter and niece, Theresa Gwinette of Forest Park, Ga. and a host of nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in memory of Wesley Owens.
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Nancy Creighton
Aug 20, 2019
Just looking across the Church knowing I
Would see you both. It was a great Church
Family. Sending you kisses and prayers.