Ford Edsel Owen, Jr. of Snellville passed away on Monday, May 30th, 2016. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Ford Owen will be held on Sunday, June 5th at 4:00 p.m. in the Wages and Sons Chapel located at 1031 Lawrenceville, Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA. The family will receive friends from 3:00 to 4:00 before the service. Ford was preceded in death by his parents, Ford Edsel Owen, Sr. and Mary Lloyd Cunningham. He is survived by: his wife of 26 years, Phyllis Owen; daughters Shelly Owen Snell, Heather Owen Byrd and Teresa Lloyd Owen; son Ford Edsel Owen, III (Tripp); 3 grandchildren, Luke Ferrando, Sydney Ferrando and Harper Byrd; sister Emily Cate; brother-in-law Harry Cate. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.

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  1. Phyllis, you,the children and grandchildren along with all the family are in our thoughts and prayers.Ford had a gift for being a good friend and we are fortunate to have been in this group for many years. The angels in heaven now have a helper to spread smiles and happiness as only Ford can do. Bless you. Derve and Dolores Tyler

  2. Phyllis, Shelly, Heather, Teresa, Tripp and Emily we lost a very dear cousin on Monday. We all had so much fun growing up when we visited Knoxville. I don’t think anyone had more fun than Buddy and my brother Dave. Now that they are both in heaven let the fun continue. He will be greatly missed. Love and prayers to help y’all heal.

    Love from Indiana

  3. Phyllis and Family,
    The minute you met Ford he touched your heart with his graciousness and loving spirit. The times that we were around Ford were very memorable and enjoyable. Please know that your family & you have a very special place in our thoughts as the future unfolds. Each of you are in our prayers–may God grant you the PEACE that only He can give. I like to think that Ford and Jim are
    now angels in their heavenly home looking after you and Jackie, your dear “loving sister”.
    Love from Loganville,
    Brenda Bodkin

  4. Phyllis & Family,
    I am very saddened to hear of Ford’s passing. Ford and I were friends from Inskip Elementary School and Knoxville Central High School. I have fond memories of Ford’s antics all through our school years. I have never seen Ford without a smile on his face and laughter in his voice. Elementary school teachers used to call Ford by my name and would call me Owen. I always to took it as a compliment. The world now has a void space of laughter and Ford’s infamous smile. Ford was one in a million.
    May each of you seek comfort in GOD’s strength and caring love for you during this time and forward. HE will certainly be there for you with open arms. Please accept my sincerest condolences.

  5. No words can express the sadness and heartache family and friends are feeling over the passing of Ford, he will be greatly missed by all , Ford,s smile and humor will not be forgotten and his classmates of “THE CLASS Of 67” will remember our dear friend by letting his light shine in memory . My deepest sympathy

  6. We are so sorry that Ford has left us and we know that you will miss him dearly. Our love and prayers are with your family now and in the days to come.

  7. To the family of Ford
    Many condolences in Ford’s passing. He was a real card in High School. I counted him as a good friend and lost touch after school. I remember him well and am saddened that we did not stay in contact. Rev. 21:4

  8. Dear Owen Family-

    I am sincerely sorry and saddened about the loss of your loved one. What a great guy Ford Owen was!

    I went to high school with Ford and walked w him at our commencement service as graduates. We were friends all through Central High, and I would see Ford at all our HS reunions.

    Ford was one of those people you always looked forward to seeing again. Always smiling, having fun, kidding and just a great guy all around. At the same time, he was always so positive and kind to everyone.

    I know Ford’s family will miss him so much. My heart goes out to each of you at this time. Many prayers for all who loved him. He will be terribly missed.

    With love from a HS friend.

    Jennifer Wells DePue Norman

  9. I’m sorry for your loss. I got to meet Ford in Knoxville during my step dad’s funeral which is Ford’s best friend Earl Jones. Your family will be in our prayers

  10. To Ford’s family: my husband John and I were classmates with Ford at Knoxville Central HS. Although we were not in his closest circle of friends, we always enjoyed him and his outgoing personality. He cared deeply for his loved ones & our hearts go out to each of you. I also should mention Ford’s generosity: more than once he would pick up the entire tab for a large gathering of friends at Louis’ … Just an example of the kind of person he was. Please know that we are thinking of you and will continue to pray for your family.

    Blessings and God’s peace,
    Nancy Heatherly

  11. Phyllis and Family
    Please know that Carol and I are praying for you in this time of loss. Ford was one of my favorite people in this earthly world. Our paths crossed many a road over our childhood and college years. I always knew that I could call on him if ever there was ever a need. I will always cherish those memories. I was looking forward to catching up on family and friends at the big 50 year class reunion next summer. Ford’s laughter, genuine care for others, shyness (just kidding) and most of all trustworthiness are characters that set him apart. Your loss is great and I want you to know how much I will miss him. May God surround you with many loving friends to comfort you in the coming days.

  12. Ms. Phyllis and Family
    Please know that I will be praying for you in this time of loss. I knew Ford through his connection with Mr. & Mrs. Christopher and EnviroFOAM. He will be missed in our family.

  13. Please know Ford’s friends from Southface and EarthCraft hold your family in our thoughts. He will be greatly missed.

  14. Phyllis & Family,
    Both Jane and I were deeply sadden by Ford’s passing. We have fond memories of Ford. He had a way to lighten your heart and lift your spirit. We know that he is at peace and in a far better place. Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time.. Please do not hesitate to let us know if there is anything we can do to help.

    Your Neighbors, Bob & Jane Walters

  15. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. I worked with Ford for several years. He was someone you could count on for a positive attitude about life, family, and work. He created a positive influence with me that I will always remember. He was someone you could trust and he deeply loved his family. He always had a smile on his face.

    Michael Boone

  16. Ford was truly a good friend and co-worker with me and many others at USG who will miss his smile, love of life & family and wonderful spirit. It was a joy to work beside Ford as our careers started at the same time as young the construction industry. He was a man full of life and compassion for others who would do about anything for his friends. I admired his gift of gab and ability to work hard and play hard. We both came to know and love The Lord later in life and I always felt a kindred connection with Ford. God has a special place in His kingdom for my good friend Ford and I will greatly miss our friendship, close talks and laughs together.

    I loved that man and pray God’s full grace and peace over his loved ones and family. I will see Ford again in God’s kingdom. Bless him.

  17. So sorry for your loss. I will always remember Ford (Buddy to his cousins in Indiana) as a person with joy in his heart and a strong desire to entertain others. He will be missed. I will keep you all in my prayers. I wish I was able to join you at the memorial service.

  18. Phyllis and Family,
    Please accept my condolence for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. Phyllis and Family,
    Ford has been a friend almost all my life as our birthdays were one day apart and we went to Inskip and Central high together as well as played together when we were young. The world is indeed a lesser place now. You folks are in my prayers.

  20. Phyllis and Family

    Ford has been a friend most of my life and what an honor it was to have a friend like Ford. The things we got into and the fun we had together was epic. I never knew Ford to have a cross word for anyone and his smile never waivered. While we did not see each other much in the past few years we were still in touch—mostly because he cared enough to make it that way. When we were together the cares of this world would simply disappear as Ford talked about his family and golf. God made my life much more enjoyable by allowing me to have a friend like Ford. I will always treasure the time we spent together and I know your memories of him will bring you joy in the future—he would want it to be that way. I look forward to seeing him again in his heavenly home and finding out what I have missed. The Lord knows Ford well and now they both have a friend to lean on.
    May God Bless you and your family and know you are in our prayers.

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