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Thursday January 14th, 2021

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Joan Rushton Owings





Joan Curry Rushton Owings




Joan Curry Rushton Owings, age 89, passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at National Health Care of Laurens.


Born in Fountain Inn on February 14, 1931, she was the daughter of the late John Deforest and Clara Mae Jones Curry.  Joan was a graduate of Gray Court Owings High School and Draughon’s Business College.  She retired as director for the Housing Authority and was previously in textiles.  Mrs. Owings was a member of First Baptist Church and the Bobby Smith Sunday School Class.  She was also a member of the Red Hat Society.


Surviving are her children, Jeral Rushton Johnson (W.A.) of Winston-Salem, NC, Gail Rushton Garrett (Susan Sutton) of Boiling Springs, Vicki Rushton Taylor Flanagan of Greenville, and a stepson, Jeff Owings (Marlene) of Laurens; grandchildren, Meredith Bryant (Shannon), Derek Taylor (Austin), Audrey Thomason, Katie Garrett, Will Owings (Erin), Ben Owings (Ellison), and Erin Patterson (Tori); and 11 great-grandchildren.


In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husbands, Gerald L. Rushton and William N. “Billy” Owings; her brothers, John C. “Buddy” Curry and Jimmy L. Curry; and a great-granddaughter, Holland Grace Taylor.


Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, January 14, 2021, at Forest Lawn Cemetery conducted by Rev. Rickey Letson.


Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011, or to First Baptist Church, Bobby Smith Sunday School Class, 300 West Main Street, Laurens, SC 29360.


Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.thekennedymortuary.com.





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Our condolences to your family. We knew Mrs. Owings when we lived in Ft. Inn about 25 years ago. She was one of the nicest ladies we knew. The Kenneth Harris family

Lisa Harris Oct 6 2021 11:18 PM

Thank you Susan for your love and prayers

Gail Garrett Jan 26 2021 12:00 AM

Prayers for all the family. I worked for Joan at the Housing Authority. She was hands down the very best person I ever worked with. She was a beautiful lady in every way. I remember one day when she had to do inspections she wore her tennis shoes with two different socks. We had the biggest laugh together. It was truly a pleasure to know her.

Nancy Henderson Jan 15 2021 12:00 AM

Our prayers snd thoughts are with you all.
Lovely in every way!
William and Becky Henderson

Rebecca Henderson Jan 13 2021 12:00 AM

To Vicki, Gail and family. So sorry for your loss. I'm praying for your strength and comfort in the Lord.

Patricia Kirk Jan 13 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joan Owings

Mike Johnson Jan 12 2021 12:00 AM

I am sorry for your loss and hope that your fond memories will help you get through this difficult time. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Verronica G Hubbard Jan 12 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Family, We were saddened to hear of Joan's passing. She was a strong and special lady and always so gracious. No matter the circumstances it is always hard to give up a loved one. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely,

Joe & Joy Kirby Jan 12 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joan Owings

Susan C Ware Jan 12 2021 12:00 AM

I met her many years ago when she was Mrs. Ruston. Her oldest daughter, Jeral Ann has been my lifelong friend. Mrs Rushtons first grandchild, Meredith, was born a month after our first born son, Jason. They also have been lifelong friends. We were graciously welcomed to their lake house to enjoy taking our little ones boating. Gracious is the word that stands out for me. She was a true southern lady, very elegant, and just a beautiful person inside and out.

Laura Bodsford Jan 11 2021 12:00 AM

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