Johnny Wallace Owenby, 71, passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017 at his home. Johnny was the son of the late Johnny Mack and Lottie Connor Owenby. He was also preceded in death by his son, Johnathan Owenby; brothers, Russell Owenby and Ronnie Owenby; and a sister, Janice Payne. Mr. Owenby is survived by his wife, Millie Trantham Owenby; daughters, Monica Gunter and Mendi Rice and husband Scrappy; grandchildren, Tyler Gunter and wife Cortney, Devin Gunter and wife Ashley, Seth Shelton and wife Emily, Jeremiah Shelton, Dylan Rice, Eli Rice, and Hannah Rice; three great-grandchildren; brother, Larry Owenby; and sisters, Norma Anderson and Terry King. He was also a member of God's Filling Station Church. Funeral Services will be held for Johnny Owenby on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. Interment will follow at Gashes Creek Cemetery. His family will receive friends Wednesday, January 3, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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  1. So very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers
    Love you all
    May God wrap his loving arms tightly around each and every one of you through this very hard time.

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  2. Millie and Family, So sorry Johnny is gone. Sending you love and prayers for God’s peace that passes our understanding. Love, Kathy Sales Presnell

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  3. Im so sorry to hear this. He was like a dad that I never had. I love and miss him so much. He was a wonderful man. He will forever be in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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  4. My thoughts & prayers are with all of you. When i seen this a thousands sweet memories ran through my head. Johnny was such a wonderful person & im thankful i had the privilege to meet me. I love you millie, monica, & mendi…hugs

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  5. Millie and family,
    I am sorry for your loss. I am praying for Gos’s peace and comfort to surround you during this dark time. You will be together again some day where there is no pain or suffering.
    May God bless you,
    Love
    Debbie

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  6. Millie and family. My heart is sad with you but yet I rejoice
    In knowing Johnny is not suffering any more. I will miss him
    Very much. I will miss him holding the offering plate at
    Church a smile on his face and always giving me a big hug.
    I am honored to have been a part of this family all of you
    Sister Lottie and Brother Mack always made you welcome.
    Momma would cook supper and wait till all had food before
    She ate. I am praying for you my family. I love each one
    Terri King and Norma Jean Anderson I Love You and your Family.
    God Bless each one.

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  7. When I woke up yesterday morning, I was thinking about how a great King the Lord Jesus is and how glorious He is, and how big and how wonderful he is. He is more majestic than we’ve have ever fathomed. I can see Johnny with Him right now and I know that he is whole and feeling better than he has ever felt in his life. He gets to see all our loved ones who have gone before us. May God comfort your hearts in knowing this and in the presence of the Lord. He is coming soon! I love you all and you are in my prayers. Lynn

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  8. Hate to hear about pops passing ……He was a good man…Miss and love you the whole family………….My prayers are with you

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  9. I am so sorry to hear about Johnny. He is now pain free and enjoying the splendors of heaven. I am praying for his sweet family And for the good Lord to give you peace beyond understanding in the coming days and weeks ahead. Love to all of you.

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  10. Jim and I are so sorry to hear about Johnny, he was a special person, we are praying for the family that God will comfort you in this time of sorrow. Johnny will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

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  11. Papa John… That’s what I called him. What a beautiful rose in the garden of heaven that has blossomed. We love you and are praying for you. Joy comes in the mourning. Papa John is enJOYing a new life now. I know you will miss him. I already do.

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  12. Millie, Monica, Mendi, and the rest of the family; please know that our hearts are with you in sorry and in praying for God to bring comfort to the family during this time. There are many memories of Johnny that Bruce and I have. He remembers traveling down the road with him driving the bus for Kathleen & the Journeymen. It seems that I have know Johnny all of my knowing life. He will certainly be missed by all that knew him. May God add an extra blessing upon each of you as you say goodbye to your loved one.

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  13. Very Sorry For Your Loss Of Your Loved One My Prayers Are With You All Tell Millie That I Sorry For Loss Of Her Husband Johnny He Was A Bless And A Great Friend To Me And My Family.

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  14. Millie, Monty, Mendy and family–Sorry for Johnnys passing–He is suffering no more and happy in heaven, with Jesus–He has left his loving family and will be whole again one day–We can always remember the good times and the love you all gave him–I will always be here for you

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  15. Thoughts and prayers to all. I remember many years ago of coming to their house and riding their horse. It was something I always looked forward to. Johnny was always so kind, gentle, and patient cause I had no idea what I was doing. However I saw these traits in his everyday life. This left a impression of his life that meant so much more than any words he ever said.
    Praying for all the family with the comforting PROMISE we will see him again.

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  16. Was sorry to hear of Johnny’s passing, but happy for him that he has no more suffering. He was really a strong man and although not always treated good by this world and people, he was able to live where he wanted to until time for his demise.

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  17. Millie, so sorry for your loss. We pray God will give you His comfort and peace. We pray you and your family will be comforted at this time. God bless you all.

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  18. So sorry to hear about Johnny’s passing. We are praying for all the family that God will give all of your family peace and strength in the coming days. We send our Love. Bro Norman & Carolyn Halford.

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  19. Sorry for your loss. John was a great friend and a super nice guy.
    Will remember working on vehicles and always a cold one. Will
    always remember him. Much love to the family.

    Mary Sellitti

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  20. I’m praying for comfort and strength for you all. I know one day we will all be reunited with the Lord and our loved ones, and I pray this brings you great comfort.

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  21. So very sorry for the loss of your loved one. May God be with you during this time

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  22. I am sorry to hear tonight of Johnny’s passing. I can still see him loading and unloading hay for my horses at the barn and i….way before I became a member of his family. I also remember when he borrowed my Harley to ride while he and my husband Randal Ownbey were touring out West and in South Dakota at that rally. They survived a tornado in that truck camper….it was scary I was on the phone with Randy. So glad I got to know him. He lived so much longer than expected and endured so much. Loved those little brown cigarettes he smoked…..If there is anything we can do…Jordyn and I will. My heart goes out to the Johnny Owenby family.

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