STERNER Owen Knox Sterner, “OK”, Stone Mountain, GA entered into rest on June 22, 2017. Mr. Sterner was born on August 7, 1930 in Elizabeth Township, PA. He was the 3rd child of Thomas Sterner and Alma Sterner. The family later settled in Sarasota, FL where he graduated from Sarasota High. While there he ran cross country where he lettered in Track. He served in the United States Army for 2 years and then graduated from Alabama State University with a teaching degree. He taught at Lithonia High School, DeKalb Technical College then became counselor at Newton Co. High School. He loved God, his family and barbershop music. He was also an avid woodworker. He served in various leadership positions at Indian Creek Bap. and Pine Lake Bap. Church. He was a man of kindness and love for others always seeking how he could help others. He was married to Mary Jo Sterner for 48 years until her passing in 2004. He was blessed with 1 daughter, Laura E. Sterner Morris. He has 2 grandchildren, Michael Morris (Katie), Christopher Morris (Ashley); 4 great grandchildren, Amelia, Abel, Ryan and Kylie Morris. He is also survived by a niece and 2 nephews, Robert Van Nest, Diana Trieber and Gordan (Debbie) Sterner. Memorial Service will be held Tuesday June 27, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Wages & Sons Funeral Home 1040 Main St. Stone Mountain, GA with a fellowship following at Pine Lake Baptist Church 4528 Rockbridge Road Stone Mountain, GA 30083. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II, Memorial Fund in honor of Owen K. Sterner. They aid and assist our wounded warriors, supports and improves the morale and welfare of military servicemen/women serving overseas. The Memorial Fund also sponsors the K9 Sgt. Denny Project, which provides service dogs for our wounded warriors suffering from PTSD and/or TBI injuries. See www.RunWithDennis.org Donations can also be mailed to Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund P.O. Box 35 Holmdel, NJ 07733.

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  1. We are thinking about you, Laura, and the rest of your family! Love, Kitty, Steven and Keith

  2. Dear Laura, Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Your wonderful father Owen will be missed! Sending hugs and prayers?
    Paula Berry

  3. Laura, your father was a friend that I never met, but a good friend. I’m honored to have been a member of Trading Bases with him. I’m thankful for the knowledge that I will get to meet Owen in person, when this life is past. God bless and comfort you all.

  4. Geeral Owen Sterner was a beloved member of the Southern Harmony Brigade, iffering his master woodworking skills for many years in the ma king of awards for the Brigade’s annual rallies. His skillfully crafted plaques are among my most prized keepsakes. His kindness and gentleness will be greatly missed. Sing on, General!

  5. Owen selflessly gave of himself and his time to our wonderful barbershop harmony hobby. What a talented man. Rest in peace Owen.

  6. Dear Family, My thoughts are with you at this time. Mr. Sterner taught at Lithonia High School while I was a student there. I remember his passion for teaching. His work has left a lasting impression on my life and I was honored to know him. He will be missed.

  7. Laura
    Your dad is still a light to you. You hold his wisdom and it will light your heart and memories always.
    Darlene

  8. I will definitely miss his sense of humor. So grateful to have known him and so grateful that he raised you to be the wonderful person you are Laura.

  9. Don’t cry for me now I have died, for I’m still here I’m by your side,
    My body’s gone but my soul’s is here, please don’t shed another tear,
    I am still here I’m all around, only my body lies in the ground.
    I am the snowflake that kisses your nose,
    I am the frost, that nips your toes.
    I am the sun ,bringing you light,
    I am the star, shining so bright.
    I am the rain, refreshing the earth,
    I am the laughter, I am the mirth.
    I am the bird, up in the sky,
    I am the cloud, that’s drifting by.
    I am the thoughts, inside your head,
    Keep me close and I will never be dead.

    Love you Laura and my heart goes out to you and your family.I will never forget what your dad did for my brother.

  10. I remember the Sterners well from growing up at Pine Lake. Owen was a nice man with a lovely singing voice.

  11. Laura, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Your mom and dad were great next door neighbors and friends.

  12. Revelation 21:4
    And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

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