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Friday February 12th, 2021

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Elnita Wilbanks Owens



Elnita Wilbanks Owens




Elnita Wilbanks Owens, of Clinton, and wife for 55 years of the late Thomas Owens, passed away 

February 7, 2021. 


Born in Chester, she was the daughter of the late Callie Watson and Flora Schults Wilbanks.

Mrs. Owens graduated from Laurens High School and attended Winthrop College. As a member of the class of 1954 of Laurens High School, she maintained contact with all of her classmates and made sure they had class reunions, so that everyone stayed close with each other. Throughout her life, she worked for The Palmetto Bank, Presbyterian College as secretary to the General Manager & Treasurer, and for Torrington Company in Data Processing. She also worked several years for School District 56 as a substitute teacher and office work at Eastside Elementary School in Clinton. Her most cherished job was that of being a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her family was her number one priority. Elnita was an active member of Broad Street United Methodist Church.


Mrs. Owens is survived by her sons Tommy Owens (Becky) of Laurens, Stewart W. Owens (Alison) of Hendersonville, and Stewart A. Owens and (Heather) of Clinton; grandchildren, Trent Owens (Tarah), Matthew Owens (Brittney) and Tori Simmons (Ricky), Ashleigh Naber (Joe) and Hank Owens, 13 great-grandchildren; one sister, Wynn Wilbanks.


In addition to her husband and her parents, Mrs. Owens was predeceased by a brother, Archie Thomas Wilbanks and three sisters, Betty W. Woods, Melba Jane Powers, and Joan Wilbanks Williams. 


A graveside service will be held at Rosemont Cemetery in Clinton on Friday, February 12, 2021, at 2:00 PM conducted by Rev. Steve Keck. 


The family will receive friends at the cemetery immediately following the graveside service.


Memorials may be made to Hospice of Laurens County, 1304 Springdale Drive, Clinton, SC 29325 or Broad Street United Methodist Church, 310 N. Broad Street, Clinton, SC 29325.


Condolences can be expressed to the family at www.thekennedymortuary.com.




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Tommy and Stewart. So sorry to hear about your mom passing. But I have some great memories of independence have. .I know that it's hard to lose your mom and Dad. But just lean on the Lord Jesus Christ. Cause that's what He is there for. I miss seeing you both. I see Tommy every once in a while at fcu. Again sorry for your loss.

Jerry Cutshall Mar 18 2021 12:00 AM

Stewart and Tommy,
I am so very sorry for your loss! I loved your mom, and she was a terrific woman! You and your family will be in our prayers now and in the days to come! God bless you all! Bea and Jack Walker

Bea Walker Feb 13 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Elnita Owens

Bea Walker Feb 13 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Elnita Owens

Karen Ridings Feb 12 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Elnita Owens

Sheila Calliham Feb 11 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Elnita Owens

Kathy Turner Feb 10 2021 12:00 AM

Tommy and Stewart and Beth,
I am so sorry about Miss Elnita. She was a wonderful lady. My prayers are with you.
Beth Lee Adams

Beth Adams Feb 10 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Elnita Owens

Joyce s. padgett Padgett Feb 9 2021 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Terrie and Woody Feb 9 2021 12:00 AM

Tommy,Stuart and Family I am so sorry to hear about Elnitas passing.Keeping all of you in my prayers and thoughts.Have a lot of memories when yall lived on Independence Ave.above my Mom Lou and Roger.God Bless you all.

Libby Broom

Libby Broom Feb 9 2021 12:00 AM

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