Lela Mae Sharp Ownby, of Maryville had her way and went to be with Jesus yesterday, Thursday, August 8, 2013. After 92 years her pain turned to gain. She was always a good friend to her neighbors by cooking, cutting hair, and giving perms. Lela was a gifted homemaker, as well as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was also a member of First Baptist Church of Alcoa and a past postmaster of Seymour Post Office.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Thomas Ownby.
Daughters and son-in-law: Joyce O. Wallace, Carole Byerley and husband Quent
Grandsons: Phil Wallace and wife Jill, Quent Byerley Jr. and wife Britt.
Granddaughters: Amy Wallace Breedlove and husband Jeff, Sarah Byerley Long and husband Matthew.
Sister: Mary Kate Fox
Sister-in-law: Grace O. Boling
Many special great-grandchildren
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude's in honor of her great-grandson Ryan Breedlove, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
The family will receive friends 1-3 PM Sunday at Atchley Funeral Home, Seymour. Graveside service and interment will follow in Boyd's Creek Cemetery. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Seymour, 122 Peacock Ct., Seymour, TN, 37865 (865) 577-2807. (www.atchleyfuneralhome.com)