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Arvel Gentry “A.G.” Owens Jr. (02-16-2017)
Photo of Arvel Gentry “A.G.” Owens Jr.Funeral services for Mr.
Arvel Gentry “A.G.” Owens,
Jr., age 81 of Farmerville,
LA, were held at 2
p.m. on Tuesday, February
14, 2017 at Owens Memorial
Chapel Funeral Home in
Ruston with the Rev. Leroy
Skipper officiating. Interment
followed at Forest
Lawn Cemetery.
A.G. was born on July
15, 1935, in Ruston, and
passed away on February
11, 2017 in Farmerville. He
earned the nickname “Ackie”
when he was six-yearsold
because he always came
in from recess with a pocket
full of acorns. This fascination
with nature would
endure for the rest of his
life. A.G. graduated from Ruston High School in 1953 and
then earned a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Louisiana
Tech University. He served in the Louisiana National
Guard, making many life-long friends. While working
on his Master’s degree, he taught at the University of
Southwest Louisiana, where he enjoyed taking students on
research trips to study Louisiana wildlife. His knowledge
of the Latin names of every plant, animal and insect in
Louisiana was exceptional. He worked for the Louisiana
Department of Mosquito Control, developing a biological
way to control the mosquito population. Later he worked
as the manager of Fin and Feather Sporting Goods in New
Orleans. A.G. kept many insects as research specimens,
but his favorite pet was an alligator named Albert.
Upon the death of his father in 1972, A.G. moved back
to Ruston to manage the family business Forest Lawn
Cemetery. Along with his son Blain, A.G. opened Owens
Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Ruston, in 1991 and
dedicated the building to his late parents A.G. Owens, Sr.
and Emma Lou Owens. In 1993, A.G. started the Memorial
Day Program to celebrate our veterans by flying their flags
in the cemetery, a tradition that continues to this day. He
retired from the business in 2004 so that he could pursue
his passion for hunting and fishing.
A.G. was an avid hunter his whole life, but his real
passion was calling mallard ducks to decoy. He and his
brother Wayne would make regular trips to Golden Ranch
Plantation in Gaines, La. for duck hunts. A.G. also enjoyed
fishing of any kind, including saltwater fishing in the
Louisiana marsh. Deer and turkey hunting were also a big
part of A.G.’s leisure activities. Later in life A.G. enjoyed
bird watching from his home on Lake D’Arbonne.
Ackie loved spending time with his children and
grandchildren, regaling them with stories of adventures
he had from collecting fish specimens on shrimp boats to
taking a fishing boat through a water spout. Above all,
his greatest joy in life was spending time with his wife,
B.J., and visiting with family and friends. He never met
anyone he didn’t call a friend.
A.G. was preceded in death by: His parents; a son, Stevon
Owens; and a son-in-law, Eddie Jarmon.
A.G. is survived by: His loving wife of 39 years BJ Owens;
two sons – Blain Owens and wife Sherry and Chris
Womack and wife Misty; three daughters – Loren Jarmon,
Lorissa Owens, and Delaine Owens; 10 grandchildren –
Miranda Owens, Ashley and husband Heath Harvey, Nick
Jarmon, Kendal Owens and wife Ashley, Callen Owens and
wife Jamie, Peyton Huff, Brendan Owens, Ceira Weir, Alec
Anderson, Breana Weir, and Tanner Womack; five great-grandchildren: Alaina, Logan, Sydney, Addison, and
Levi; one brother Dr. Wayne Owens and wife Carol; one
nephew, Matt Owens; three nieces – Kim Owens, Allison
Owens and Heidi Hilliard; one uncle Arthur Owens; as
well as numerous friends and extended family.
Serving as pallbearers were Callen Owens, Brendan
Owens, Nick Jarmon, Matt Owens, Troy Beasley and
Chris Womack.
Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, February
13, 2017 at Owens Memorial Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude
Children’s Research Hospital.
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