Janet Marie OWENS: Birth: DEC 1958. Death: DEC 1958
Martha Elizabeth OWENS: Birth: MAR 1960. Death: MAR 1960
Note: Copy: Census records in lieu of birth cert. : Census of 1930 April 1st, Sumter County, SC
Owens, Clifford son age 10 born in SC enumerated in the family of James and Clara Owens
(The Bureau of the Census does not isssue birth cert., but this record is often accepted in place of one).
Daddy attended the Boys High School on Washington St. in Sumter, SC through the eighth grade.One of his first jobs was selling peanuts for Clayton Lowder. He then quit school to work fulltime.
Cousin Lois Owens Lane remembers that my daddy, Clifford, would come to visit Uncle Hazard's family every summer for a few weeks. One summer, Daddy had broken his leg, but he came to visit anyway on crutches.
Clifford and Rosanne met at a dance in Orangeburg, SC. They loved to dance and were very good at it. They once won a jitterbug contest. His prize was a shirt and a necktie. She won a certificate for a new permanent wave at a beauty parlour.
They grew up with the big band music in the forties and fifties; and it stayed with them. And they taught us; after my sister and I were married in the early sixties; we had parties with our friends and family and Momma and Daddy and their
friends came and danced with us.
Daddy enlisted in the Navy when WWII broke out, but he was discharged after a few weeks because of his bad knee (probably a result of his broken leg in his early youth).
Times & Democrat Feb. 1, 1941 (Sat.): Married: Miss Rosanne Staley...daughter of Mrs. Mae Staley, to Mr. Clifford Owens of Sumter and Orangeburg, on Jane. 5th at Orangeburg. (Typo-they were actually married on Jan. 25, 1941).
Copy: Marriage license , county of Orangeburg, SC
After their marriage, they lived in Columbia, SC for quite a few years before moving to Sumter in 1957.
Clifford worked as a weatherstripper before he went in to the ceramic tile business. When he retired from the tile business, circa 1972, he opened a retail package store (liquor sales) which he owned and operated until 1986; when he sold the
business to his son-in-law, Frank Anderson and daughter, Jimmie Anne.
Obit-Sumter Daily Item -Sunday April 23rd, 1995:
Obit-The State, Columbia, S.C. April 23rd, 1995:
James C. Owens, 75, died Saturday, April 22nd, 1995, at a local nursing home,Mariner Healthcare, Sumter, SC..
Born in Andrews, he was a son of the late James Tillman Owens and Clara Idell Rowe Owens. Mr. Owens was a retired tile contractor.
Survivors include his wife, Rosanne Staley Owens; two daughters, Jimmie Anne Anderson and Sallie Annette Griffith, both of Sumter; a sister, Earline Morris of Sumter, four grandchildren and a great granddaughter.
Services will be held at 4:30 p.m. today at Westminister Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. John C. Ropp Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Westminister Presbyterian Church Building Fund.
Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
S.C. Death Cert. cause of death: arteriosclerotic heart disease for years ; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
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