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Thomas Ellis Owens
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Birth: Nov. 1, 1910
Death: Jun. 5, 2001

After having been raised on a farm as had my ancestors, I reported for work June 1, 1936, as a section hand for the St. Louis Southwestern R.R. (Cotton Belt) at Purdon, Navarro County Texas. We were responsible for up keep of trackage from one mile East to five miles West of Purdon. Normally we six men could be seen in daytime going about our usual tasks with the aid of our open air hand cars. What wasn't seen on occasions was the very scared section hand on a cold dark night walking in front of a steam locomotive in icy water, which at times was up to his armpits in flooded Richland Creek bottom gongerly testing blindly with his feet to make sure the road bed, ties, and rails were still in place. In later years the crew were cut with more distances covered by each. In 1957 I was transferred to the Corsicana yard where after 38 years I retired on January 2, 1975.

MEMORIAL RECORD FOR THE FRIENDS AND RELATIVES
OF
THOMAS ELLIS OWENS

Date of Death: June 2, 2001
Service: Corley Funeral Chapel
Date: June 5, 2001 2:00 PM Tuesday
Officiating: Rev. Wayne Mahoney
Interment: Younger Cemetery
Place: Silver City, Texas
Pallbearers: Robert Chapman
Earnest Owens
Glenn Wilcox
Herbert Wilcox
Matthew Davis
Leo Summers

Ellis T. Owens, 90, of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, June 2, 2001, in Dallas.

Visitation will be from 4 to 5 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Interment will be at Younger Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Robert Chapman, Earnest Owens, Glenn Wilcox, Herbert Wilcox, Matthew Davis and Leo Summers.

Mr. Owens was born Nov. 1, 1910, in Blooming Grove. He was retired from the Southern Pacific Railroad with 40 years of service and a member of the Brotherhood of Retired Rail Road Workers.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Wanda Owens Moore.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys C. Owens of Corsicana; brother, Chester Owens of Purdon; sister, Vergie Summer of Mart; granddaughter, Carrie Moore and Matthew Davis of Garland; great granddaughters, Collen Olivia Davis of Garland and Miranda Loraine Davis of Garland and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home

 
 
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 Parents:
  Henry Dexter Owens (1886 - 1971)
  Mattie Lillie Barnes Owen (1890 - 1979)
 
 Spouse:
  Gladis Carrie York Owens (1913 - 2003)*
 
 Children:
  Wanda Marie Owens Moore (1939 - 1991)*
 
 Siblings:
  Thomas Ellis Owens (1910 - 2001)
  Jacel Lee Owen Wilcox (1912 - 2000)**
  Virgie Lou Owens Summers (1915 - 2005)*
  Chester Houston Owens (1921 - 2004)**
  Gladis Marie Owens (1927 - 1927)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Younger Cemetery
Silver City (Navarro County)
Navarro County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Bill Wallace
Record added: Aug 10, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6678167
Thomas Ellis Owens
Added by: Sherry Garrett Franklin
 
Thomas Ellis Owens
Added by: Bill Wallace
 
Thomas Ellis Owens
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