Funeral services for Mr. Arvel Gentry “A.G.” Owens, Jr., age 81 of Farmerville, LA, will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at Owens Memorial Chapel Rev. Leroy Skipper officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston.
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 6 years old 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 LA 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 the 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 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, and he never met anyone he didn’t call a friend.
A.G. was preceded in death by his parents, son Stevon Owens, and 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 Gentry; 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; and numerous friends and extended family.
Serving as pallbearers will be: Callen Owens, Brendan Owens, Nick Jarmon, Matt Owens, Troy Beasley, and Chris Womack. Honorary pallbearers are: Kendal Owens, Peyton Huff, Alec Anderson and Tanner Womack.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 8:00 PM Monday, February 13, 2017 at Owens Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.