Burl Edward Owenby, 78, died April 23, 2012, at Garden Valley Manor, Kansas City, Missouri, where he resided. He was born October 20, 1933, at home in Blairsville, Georgia, a twin and youngest of twelve children, to crop farmers Joseph Gordon and Laura Adeline Brown Owenby and the grandson of John and Americus Owenby and Jeff and Mandy Brown. Burl received his education in Blairsville, Georgia, attended Ebenezer Baptist Church where his maternal grandfather, Jeff Brown, was once the pastor, and at the age of sixteen, accepted Christ as his savior. He worked in the home improvement trade, then as a self-employed electrician until his retirement in 1992.
Burl is survived by five sons, Burl Owenby, wife, Teresa, their two sons, Andy Owenby and Paul Jordan, West Plains, Missouri, Bryan Owenby, wife, Drucilla, their three daughters, Stormy Owenby, Willard, Missouri and Ashley Owenby and Sarah Owenby, West Plains, Missouri, Floyd Owenby, Cramerton, North Carolina, Dale Owenby, wife, Nancy, their three daughters, Michelle, Hannah and Holly, all of Harmony, North Carolina, Wendell Owenby, Statesville, North Carolina; two daughters, Wanda Vanalstine, husband, Kevin, their daughter Jessie and Rose Marie Owenby, her daughter, Chrystal, all of Statesville, North Carolina; three sisters, Mary Dockery, Young Harris, Georgia, Alice Conard, Gastonia, North Carolina and Norma Dockery, Blairsville, Georgia,
Those preceding Burl in death include his parents, six brothers, Floyd, Clyde, Fain, Wayne, Wofford and Jack Owenby, two sisters, Ivy Owenby and Fanny Thomas and granddaughter Jessica Owenby.
A private burial service is planned with Pastor Frank Mulford, of Central Calvary Baptist Church, West Plains, Missouri officiating. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Gideon Bible Society and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.