Frances Carol Owens was born in Pikeville, Ky., on Christmas Day 1936, to James and Beulah Horton. She passed away Dec. 19, in her home, one week before her 84th birthday, after battling brain cancer for almost two years.

Frances graduated from Pikeville High School and went on to attend Michigan State University in Lansing, Mich., where she studied criminal justice while setting her sights on becoming one of the first women in the FBI. Love stepped in and changed those plans. She met her husband-to-be, Kenny Owens Sr., who preceded her in death in 2002 after 45 years of marriage.

Frances spent 42 years as a Sunday school teacher at Antioch First Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn. After much cajoling, she conceded to move to Decatur, Ala., to be near her daughter, and found a church home in the FBC family as sweet as the one she left behind.

Frances is survived by her daughter, Carol (Owens) and Tony Lyerly of Decatur, Ala.; her son, Kenny Owens Jr. of McDonough, Ga.; her sisters, Janice Horton and Jimmie Ruth Escapule, both of Tombstone, Ariz.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Also surviving Frances is a host of other family members and friends.

Visitation was Wednesday, Dec. 23, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge. Funeral services followed at 1:30 p.m. in the House-Gregg Funeral Chapel with Mike Doyle officiating. Interment was in Old Military Cemetery in Sedgwick.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Neighborhood Christian Center of 619 Bank Street, Decatur, AL 35601.

An online guestbook is available at www.housegregg

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