P.O. Box 506, 943 Highway 425 North, Monticello, AR71655

Elvin "Buddy" Owens, Sr.
January 8, 1936 - September 15, 2022

Elvin "Buddy" Owens, Sr.

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Elvin Owens, Sr. who was affectionately known as ''Buddy Love,'' departed this life peacefully on Thursday, September 15th at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born Wednesday, January 8, 1936 in Monticello, AR to C. Arthur Owens and Genevieve Binns-Stewart, who preceded him in death. Elvin (Buddy Love) had many nicknames, including ''Candy Man'', ''Bud'', and ''Mr. Buddy. Also, Buddy was such a loving and affectionate man who would often give his friends and family members their own nicknames. Giving people nicknames was his special way of adopting them into his inner circle.
Buddy met the love of his life, Robiezine Gragg in the summer of 1952 at the Drew County Fair. Little did they know that fateful meeting would change both of their lives forever, and three years later they would be joined in holy matrimony on August 3rd, 1955. Buddy would affectionately refer to his loving wife as ''Princess.'' Buddy and Princess would be blessed to have three (3) loving children: Rozine Owens (First Born), Elvin Owens Jr. (Little Buddy), and Dr. Toni Brown (Shirley Temple). Their love would produce eight (8) grandchildren, Dr Tremikae Owens-Henderson (Mickey Mouse), Elvin-III Owens (Bud), Jovanni Owens (Sisco), Ryan Owens, Jamie Owens, Taelor Pickett (Angel), Willy Pegues (Joe Louis), and Omare Pittman (Pretty Boy); and six (6) great-grandchildren.
Buddy was a proud member of First Missionary Baptist Church of Monticello, AR where he gave his heart and life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge β€" Bartholomew #28.
Buddy had a BIG personality and was always the life of the party. He forged several special friendships that grew over the years, many of these relationships came from his time at Drew Foam. Mr. Zach McClendon was one of his closest friends. He also had a flock of female co-workers who became known as ''Buddy's Girls.'' Buddy retired from Drew Foam after 57 years of outstanding service in 2012.
Buddy Love was a man of many talents. He was a comedian, he could not only walk on his hands but he could dance on his hand, he was a singer, he was a creative mind that would give a nickname to everyone he knew, and last but not least, he could out-talk anyone in the room.
Buddy was also a successful entrepreneur having started and managed numerous businesses and was the proud owner of Buddy Love & Son properties. Despite only having an 8th grade education, Buddy was well-known as shrewd businessman, and earned the respect of many in the Monticello business community. Up until his last days prior to entering the hospital, he was still active and productive in his business.
Buddy is survived by his devoted and cherished wife, Princess, of 67 years, his son, Elvin Owens Jr (Deborah) of Silver Spring, MD, daughters Rozine Owens of Eldorado, AR and Dr. Toni Brown (Craig) of Frisco, TX. He is also survived by his 8 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, brother Donald Stewart (Gracie) of Monticello, and a host of cousins, sisters and brothers-in-laws, friends, neighbors, and previous co-workers.

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Visitation
Wake
Friday, September 23, 2022
from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home
943 Highway 425 North
Monticello, AR  71655
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Service
Funeral Services
Saturday, September 24, 2022
at 11:00 a.m.
Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home
943 Highway 425 North
Monticello, AR  71657
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Interment
Oakland Cemetery
800 North Hyatt St.
Monticello, AR  71655
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Condolences(21)

  1. Lisa Carson Gibson
    Sending love and prayers to Elvin and the entire family. Losing a parent is not easy. May your memories and his fun loving spirit always remain with you all. Love, Lisa
  2. Bob Brooke
    Prayers are with the family.
  3. MONICA FAYE RASCOE
    Prayers and comfort to the family at this difficult time.




  4. DR.WHM
    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. I am sending my deepest condolences to the entire family. May God continue to bless and heal you.
  5. Linnie Edwards
    To the family. So sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences and prayers are with you πŸ™πŸ½
  6. Sheila Reed
    May God surround you with comfort and peace as you celebrate his life and legacy. My prayers are with you. Rest in Peace, Uncle Buddy.
  7. Sallie Calbert
    Mr. Buddy, was a man of many characters , love by all, will truly be missed.my sincerely condolences to the family.
  8. delois ridgell
    My deepest sympathy to the family. I enjoyed my time working with Buddy Love at Drew Foam. I Will be praying for the family. LOVE you all

  9. Kay Worbington
    Dear Owens Family, You all have my sympathy at your great loss. I never knew Mr. Buddy personally but knew who he was. He had a reputation as a very good man. I enjoyed seeing him and his wife riding in the truck with the special license plate. Sometimes we would see each other at the grocery store. We would strike up a conversation which I enjoyed. His pretty daughter Toni is near my daughters' age. I remember when she was majorette at MHS. I am in prayer for Mr. Buddy's famiy at this sad time.
  10. Anita Akin Tennyson
    Elvin, I just wanted you to know how sorry I am for this loss. It’s a sad day to lose a parent. Always know how much you mean to our family and I’ll be praying for you and your family. Much love, Anita β™₯️
  11. Mary Martha Steele Hoffius
    Dear Elvin, My deepest condolences for you and your family! You will all be in my thoughts and prayers!
    Mary Martha
  12. Betty Ollison
    To the Owens Family I am sending my Deepest condolences. May God Comfort You in this time.

    Betty Ollison and Family
  13. Welton lewis
    praying for the owens and gragg
  14. TOMMY SHAW
    SENDING PRAYERS TO THE FAMILY
  15. Kimberly Williams
    Sending prayers and condolences to the Owens family
  16. Dianne Lloyd
    Buddy has been a part of my family since 1962. He was a loyal friend.Thoughts and prayers to Miss Robizene, and family.
  17. John Gragg Jr
    Sincerest Condolences from the John Gragg Jr family
  18. Betty Ollison
    To the Owens family, I am so sorry to about Mr Buddy. prayers for the Family.πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™
  19. Roosevelt and Venita Dzime-Assison
    We are heartbroken at the passing of Uncle Buddy. He was a great, larger than life, unforgettable man who leaves a legacy of laughter, sheer joy, wisdom and family love. We always laugh when we remember his numerous funny stories and we've learned much from him that helps in our business ventures. He will be sorely missed but always fondly remembered. Love Rozee and Venita
  20. Jo Ann Smith-Lee
    Prayers to the entire Owens family.
  21. Sam Wherry
    Elvin "Buddy" Owens
    Buddy Owens the Grandeur Fellow of Fellows 3rd and 4th Quarters 20th Century and his remarkable Par Excellent Abundant, Joyful and very fruitful life with his Par Excellent Agape Loving Fruitful Spouse, Roberzine Owens of 68 Year's has passed from Mortality into Immortality.
    Monticello, Arkansas has not had a more Gaius Fellow of Honor and Integrity than Elvin Buddy Owens. Everyone of every Ethnicity admonished and cherish Buddy Owens in the Workplace, Entrepreneurship Property Client, Church, and Society. There is none as Buddy Owens.
    Join us in Seeking God's Nature Jehovah Jirah provides Favor and Covering upon Elvin "Buddy" Owens agape loving Spouse, Roberzine Owens, beloved Daughters, Rozenne Owens & Dr. Tony Owens, and Elvin "Little Buddy Owens Jr. During this time of Bereavement.
    Psalm 1 Amp
    1Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked [following their advice and example], Nor stand in the path of sinners,
    Nor sit [down to rest] in the seat of scoffers (ridiculers).
    2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,And on His law [His precepts and teachings] he [habitually] meditates day and night.
    3 And he will be like a tree firmly planted [and fed] by streams of water,
    Which yields its fruit in its season; Its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers [and comes to maturity].

    Summation Elvin "Buddy" Owens
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