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The Honorable A. Dow Owens

A. Dow Owens’ incredibly wonderful life ended on Nov. 28, 2012 after several lengthy illnesses. He was born in Bluestone, W.Va. on Feb. 18, 1926 to Kate Gott Owens and Caudle Clifford Owens. He grew up and attended public school in Pulaski, graduating from Pulaski High School in June 1944. He entered the service as an Aviation Cadet in the Army Air Force in July 1944, serving until August 1946. In September of 1946, he began his college education at the St. Helena extension of the College of William and Mary in Norfolk. This was established specifically for servicemen returning from World War II. He transferred to Roanoke College, graduated and enrolled in the Washington and Lee University School of Law in the fall of 1949, serving as editor of the Law Review. In the spring of 1952, he graduated from law school and returned to Pulaski to start a general practice of law. He served as Secretary of the Electoral Board from 1952 until 1958; substitute trial judge (now General District Court) for five years and Commonwealth’s Attorney from 1964 until 1979. He finished his career as a Circuit Court Judge in the 27th Judicial Circuit of Virginia from March of 1983 until his retirement in July of 1994. He continued as a substitute Circuit Court judge for several years later, enjoying his travels around the state he loved so much. He also served as county attorney for Pulaski County from 1964 until 1983, acting as attorney to the Board of Supervisors, School Board and the Department of Social Services. He formed and served as attorney for the Pulaski County Industrial Development Authority and Public Service Authority that extended water and sewer service to a large portion of Pulaski County. He served as counsel for the New River Waste Water Treatment Authority, comprised of six separate political entities. He was a past member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and served as president of the Pulaski Chamber of Commerce. He was a lifelong member of Pulaski Country Club and Pulaski Elks Lodge, where he was a past exalted ruler. He was also a member of the Pulaski Science Club, serving as chief shrimp taster. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Peggy Elmore Owens; his daughter in Lynchburg, Kellie Owens Reams, her husband, Scotty, and their two daughters, Molly Kate Reams and Sarah Carson Reams. In Pulaski, he is survived by his son, Andrew Dow Owens Jr., his wife, Sharon, and their three sons, Drew, Graham and Hayes. Also, his sister-in-law and husband, Patty and Willie Hylton. He is also survived by his many beloved black angus friends on his Back Creek farm … a place he loved so dearly. He will be fondly remembered by his loyal “Friday Night Crowd” friends, his golfing buddies, his co-workers, Vera and Rodney, and many other friends, lawyers, judges, co-workers, law enforcement officers and the wonderful friends and caregivers that helped him the last years of his life. The family would also like to thank Carilion Hospice for their compassionate care. Visitation will be at Stevens Funeral Home on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. His funeral will be at First United Methodist Church on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Hugh Kilgore officiating. Burial will be at New Dublin Presbyterian Church immediately afterwards. In keeping with his wishes, there will be a “Celebration of Life” at Pulaski Country Club following the burial. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to remember Dow should consider First United Methodist Church in Pulaski, Operation Smile (donations@operationsmile.org) or the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski.

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2 Responses to The Honorable A. Dow Owens

  1. vickie sarver

    November 30, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOUR FAMILY, I ALWAYS WILL REMEMBER DOW.

    VICKIE SARVER

  2. Khristinia Buhuri Covey

    December 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Pulaski County has lost a Giant.Many years back I worked for his mother Kate Owens,I come to know him Peggy Andy and Kelly very well,they always made me feel a part of the family.I would admire how kind he was to people and tried to help out however he could.I think back on it today and all the visits that he and his wife and children would come to see Kate,about every time she would say “I have the best son and family” and I would agree!Living out of state I have friends that update me and this made for a sad day!

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