He was born in Cleveland on Nov. 11, 1949, to the late Estel and Lucille Ownby.
He was a 1967 graduate of Bradley Central High School, before going on to his career as the purchasing manager for 24 years for COMCAR Industries.
He had resided in Florida since 1979. He was a former member of Waterville Baptist Church in Cleveland and a current member of Christ’s Promise, a United Church of Christ, Auburndale, Fla.
Survivors include his partner of 33 years, Ron Booth, of Lakeland; three aunts: Ruth Ownby and Mary Wooten, both of Cleveland, and Eileen Rucker; uncle, Ray Ownby of Cleveland; and several cousins.
The funeral will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, in the chapel of Fike Funeral Home with Pastor Jeff Rackler officiating.
A graveside service and interment will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery in Walland.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home prior to the service.
The family requests memorials be made to Christ’s Promise, P.O. Box 91205, Lakeland, FL 33804.
You are invited to send a message of condolence and view the Ownby family guest book at www.fikefh.com.