Freddie Lee Owens
On January 17, 1950 in Bedias, Texas God blessed Sidney and Floree Warren Owens with a son who they named Freddie Lee Owens. He was affectionly known by his family as “Flo”. He was an active, outgoing, gentle giant who never met a stranger and an avid lover of animals. At an early age, Freddie and his family moved to Hitchcock, Texas where he attended school and graduated in 1969 from Hitchcock High School. After graduating high school Freddie enlisted in the U. S. Army and was later honorably discharged. Upon returning home he was employed with Cango Trucking Co. (Enterprise), and Deer Park Plastic Co. Freddie was later employed by Union Carbide Chemical plant as a chief chemical operator for twenty five years.
Freddie accepted Christ at an early age and later united with Greater Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Galveston, Texas. Throughout his illness he was spiritually nurtured by Pastor Michael Dwyer.
On October 15, 1988 he was united in marriage to his best friend and soul mate Beverly James Owens. This union created a “blended” family of three daughters, one son and a devoted God-son. After their marriage and while employed at Union Carbide he became a well known entrepreneur. His endeavors included: Barber certification, lawn care and landscaping, “All Directions, Inc.” home furnishing, African art gallery, clothing and artifacts, a distributor of nutritional health supplements and Amsoil Products, Flo’s Kitchen and Bar-B-que and Flo’s “Sno 2 Go”.
Upon retiring from Union Carbide in 2000, he enrolled in the culinary arts program at Galveston College. He later accepted a position as a chef on the Texas A&M Clipper II and sailed around the world.
Freddie was preceded in death by his parents and grandmother, Rena Owens Stewart, three brothers, Thomas Owens, Anthony Owens, and Terry Owens, and one sister, Edna Mae Wiley.
Cherishing his fondest memories are his loyal wife of 23 years, Beverly James Owens; son Xavier D. Owens of Twelve Palms, CA; daughters Shontella Owens-Spencer (Darrell) of Hitchcock, TX, Melishea Werdlow (Charlie) of Hitchcock, TX and Myia Martin Daniels of Texas City, TX; grandchildren Davin Owens, Sydni Spencer, Shelbi Spencer, Keawe Owens, Hasani Daniels, and Koa Owens; Siblings Alma F. Venzant (Larry), Sydni R. Owens, Kathleen Owens all of Seattle, WA, Idell Benton of Forrest MS, Cydney K. Owens, Cynthia Owens, Angela Owens, Sydney R. Owens, Jr. and Archie Lawrence all of Texas City, TX; Godsons, Christopher F. Sumlin and Melvin L. Martin II; God Daughters Felicia Simmons, Glennisha Carroll, and Tasha Bates; sisters-in-law, Billie J. Shelton of Texas City, TX, Vashti Jones and Frankie James Boynes (Simeon) of Brooklyn, NY; Jeanette McGarthy (Marvin) of Pearland, TX; devoted friend and caregiver Edward “Les” Sellers of Hitchcock, TX; devoted great niece LaCretia Daniels-Stewart of Texas City, TX, dialysis nurse Jaylord Palma and a host of nieces, nephews, family, neighbors and friends.
Public visitation will be held Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm followed by a 12:00 pm Celebration of Life Service at Carnes Funeral Home 3100 Gulf Freeway, Texas City, Texas 77591. Pastor Michael Dwyer will be the officiant.