George Dennis Owens

George Dennis Owens

Arkansas, USA
Death 10 Dec 1958 (aged 70)
Scott County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Tilly, Pope County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID 115264464 · View Source
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Elder George Dennis Owens was born on May 24, 1888. He was the father of six children. He died December 10, 1958.

Elder Owens was ordained on August 12, 1928. The Presbytery consisted of Elders G. W. Reed and R. L. Piles and Deacons H. B. Emberson, Sam Nelson and W. T. Kitchens. He pastored Mt. Pleasant Church near Waltreak, Arkansas; Little Vine at Blue Mountain, Reveille near Magazine, and Fellowship at Waldron.

In his early years Elder Owens would walk or ride a mule to the churches that he served. Many times he would ride or walk through the hills, often times encountering winter storms or summer showers and heat.

Upon returning home from one winter trip through the mountains, his wife discovered that his overcoat had frozen to his saddle. On another trip,this time on foot, upon arriving at the Petit Jean River, he discovered it had flooded. In order to keep his clothes dry, it was necessary for him to take them off, roll them in a bundle and hold them over his head while fording the river.

In those days Elder Owens pastored Little Vine Church at Blue Mountain. He became acquainted with a family who lived on top of one of the mountains. It wasn't very long until Elder Owens began to preach the gospel in their mountain home. Always after services the family would insist that the preacher eat supper with them. On one trip they had chicken and dumplings. Upon his arriving home after dark that night, Sister Owens asked if he had been to supper. He replied he had, and went on to say that the chicken that the meal was made from was a Dominicker. Sister Owens said, "How did you know?" He replied, "Because there were feathers in it." Sister Owens asked, "What did you do?" "I ate them."

One Sunday morning, after walking ten miles to Mt. Pleasant, he found there were only two old sisters who came to meeting that day. When time came for service to start, no one else had come. Elder Owens told the two sisters that it was apparent no one else was going to be there, so he would offer prayer and they would be dismissed. At this point one of the old sisters said, "Brother George, doesn't the Bible say where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them?" He replied, "Yes, that is what Jesus said." "Well, Brother George, why don't you try to preach, for we have there here who have met to worship." He
later said if the Lord ever did bless him to preach, it was at that time when there was the Lord, two old sisters, and himself.

Once at the Salem Association at Mt. Pleasant, there had been some that had joined the church, and on Sunday evening they gathered at Dutch Creek to baptize them. He and Elder M. A. Norman had baptized the new members, and had gone to a patch of woods to change clothes. A runner came bearing the message that more wanted to join the church. They went back, received and baptized them, and again had returned to the wooded area, when here came the runner again, stating that more wanted to join the church. So they gladly returned, received and baptized them. In all, they baptized 17 that evening.

One of the final blessings that Elder Owens experienced was just before he departed this life. He was dying from complication of a heart attack while at home. But before he passed this vale of sin, sorrow and tears, he sang the old song, "Afflictions, though they seem severe, in mercy oft are sent," in its entirety, offered prayer, and those who were around his bedside said that in a little while he fell asleep in the Lord.

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  • Created by: Condley-Walker Family
  • Added: 11 Aug 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 115264464
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George Dennis Owens (24 May 1888–10 Dec 1958), Find A Grave Memorial no. 115264464, citing Union Hill Cemetery, Tilly, Pope County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Condley-Walker Family (contributor 41405436) .