William E. “Bill” Owen (64)

Grayville, Illinois
Birth: July 8, 1959
Death: May 19, 2024

William E. “Bill” Owen, 64, of Grayville, Illinois, died Sunday, May 19, 2024, at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. He was born July 8, 1959, In Mt. Carmel, Illinois, the son of Lawrence Edward Owen and Phyllis Kay (Dorris) Owen. He was married to Catherine O. “Cathy” (Slaughter) Owen, and she survives.

Bill enjoyed a career as a truck driver and he enjoyed eating. He was a member of the Crossville Missionary Baptist Church in Crossville, Illinois. He was an avid woodworker and St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan.

Survivors include his wife Cathy Owen of Grayville; sons William Owen of Bogalusa, Louisiana, Michael (Amy) Meriwether of Grand Junction, Colorado, Eric (Roxie) Meriwether, and Kyle Koontz, all of Grayville, Illinois; daughter Emily Townsend of Grayville, Illinois; grandchildren Katie (Trent) Carson, Krissy (Clay) Neilson, Gabby (Shannon) McClanahan, Maddy Macbeth, Kayla Nicholson, Aiden Townsend, Abby Koontz, Wade Cook, and Dalton Earl; numerous great-grandchildren; aunt Patricia Dorris; cousin Katheryn Brown; and nephew Josh (Melissa) Owen.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother Barry Owen; grandparents William and Sybil Dorris; uncle Bill Dorris; and several other uncles and aunts.

A memorial service will be Sunday, May 26, 2024, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville, Illinois. There will be no prior visitation.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or memorials will be accepted at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville, Illinois.

Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation: No Visitation
Service: Cook Funeral Chapel, Grayville, Illinois - Sunday, May 26, 2024 - 2 pm
Memorials: St. Jude Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or c/o Cook Funeral Chapel, 101 Edgewood Lane, Carmi, IL 62821

2 thoughts on “William E. “Bill” Owen”

  1. Rick and Debbie Blackburn

    We meet Billy when he was driving for Schilli, he because a lifelong friend of ours. We have fun memories of our boating days on the river and all the cook outs. Always caring for others was his 1st priority. He will create a great void in our lives, but he will remaind in our hearts and memories for ever.
    Rest in peace our friend.
    Rick,Debbie,Amber,Dylan,Mckinley

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