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Anthony B. Owens

September 26, 1942 ~ June 21, 2020 (age 77)

Obituary

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Anthony Barnette Owens was born in Mexia, Texas to Reverend Curtis Dorsey and Oletha Jane Hobbs Owens on September 26, 1942. He departed this life on Sunday, June 22, 2020 with his loving wife by his side. Anthony was preceded in death by his father and mother. His father was a Methodist minister. Therefore, he moved throughout his childhood to various cities in the state (Corsicana, Lubbock, Dallas, Waco and Corpus Christi.)

He graduated from Huston-Tillotson College (now Huston-Tillotson University), also his father’s alma mater. He majored in Chemistry. As he progressed through his coursework, he felt a stronger passion to help other people and changed his major in his senior year to Sociology, with a minor in Chemistry and Math. While in college he took a part-time job as a counselor at Camp Gary Job Corp in San Marcos, Texas. Realizing that he enjoyed working with young people, he started his career with Texas Hospital Association (THA) in 1970 as a recruiter for students interested in health careers. Later he became Director of the Health Careers Program. During his tenure at THA, Anthony was a member of Texas Society of Association Executives (TSAE) and the American Society of Association Executives. He was a Certified Association Executive (CAE). As Senior Vice President of Membership Services at the THA, he received TSAE’s Professional Excellence Award, and was extremely active in committee work, including service on the Education, Convention, Fall & Winter Seminar and Exhibition committees. After leaving THA Anthony spent several years as an Allstate Agent.

Anthony loved a good and compelling debate. He could talk/argue until the wee hours of the morning if he was passionate about an issue. It was important for him to convene these conversations to model to his sons and grandkids the importance of critical thinking skills. He was a story-teller and loved to use old sayings or expressions to make a point, or to be humorous. He was active in his community and a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Gamma Eta Lambda Chapter in Austin, Texas. He was part of an interest group at Wesley United Methodist Church that led to the creation of the Austin Area Urban League where he later became chairman of the board. He was the president of the first Great Hills Neighborhood Association and a charter member of the Northeast Rotary. Anthony was a longtime and devoted member of Wesley United Methodist Church where he served on several committees with his last tenure being on the finance and scholarship committees. He sang in the choir for several years. He was a member of the Chancellor Choir and also a founding member of the Wesley Intergenerational Choir, a Lay Leader and was a part of the Emmaus Community.

He leaves to cherish his memories: his dedicated wife of 55 years Almaree Corzine; two sons, Anthony Astaire “Tony” (Darlene) and Arlyn Dorsey (Pamela); one sister, O’Shelia Williams (Robert), Kernersville, North Carolina; four adored grandchildren, Grant Anthony, Jackson Arnold, Allyson Sinclair and Preston Alexander Owens. Anthony has a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends who will miss him.

The family would like to express sincere gratitude to the staff at Windsor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, and Hospice Austin. 

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Services

Visitation
Sunday
June 28, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
King-Tears Mortuary, Inc.
1300 E 12th St
Austin, TX 78702

Celebration of Life
Monday
June 29, 2020

11:00 AM
Wesley United Methodist Church
1164 San Bernard
Austin, TX 78702

Interment
Monday
June 29, 2020

2:00 PM
Comanche Cemetery
Hwy 71 East
Garfield, TX 78617

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