Mr. Willard Clifton Owens, 67, of Chatsworth, departed this life Sunday evening, June 30, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Willard was born April 15, 1946, in Chatsworth, a son of the late Frank and Josie Rymer Owens. He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Russell Johnson.
Willard was a graduate of North Whitfield High School, proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and was retired from Constatine Carpet Mills. He was a member of Mount View Baptist Church and the American Legion Post No. 167 at Chatsworth.
He is survived by his wife, Rhonda Blanchard Owens of the home; son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Judy Owens of Summerville; daughters and son-in-law, Leigh Johnson and Heather Moody, both of Dalton, and Stephanie and Kevin Crane of LaFayette; grandchildren, Craig Owens, Audrianna Flowers, Katteri Waters, Jacob Moody and Tristan Hendrix; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Shelia Goble and Cynthia Straw, both of Dalton; brothers, Earl Owens, L.C. Owens and Kenneth Owens, all of Chatsworth, and Leroy Owens of Dalton; mother-in-law, Rhonda Sanders of Power Springs; and nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Services to celebrate the life of Mr. Willard Clifton Owens will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Ponders Melrose Chapel with the Rev. Vince Goble and the Rev. Art Graves officiating.
He will be laid to rest Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton with Craig Owens, Bruce Owens, Tracey Owens, Stephen Straw, Trannon Goble and Kevin Crane serving as pallbearers.
American Legion Post No. 112 will provide military graveside honors.
The family will receive friends at Ponders Melrose Chapel today from 5 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m.
Arrangements are by Ponders Melrose Chapel, 138 Melrose Drive, Dalton; (706) 226-4002.