Doris Ownby
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Doris Johnson Ownby, 83, passed away from this life to her heavenly home surrounded by her family Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at her residence.

She was born June 12, 1929, and made Cleveland her home all her life. She loved gardening, canning & quilting. Over the years a proud accomplishment was to quilt a quilt for every member of her family. She dearly loved her family and was truly a wonderful Christian example of what a wife and mother should be. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was a member of The Journey Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband and love of her life, Ennis Ownby; mother and father, Zona and August Johnson; sister and brother-in-law, Edith and Melvin Ownby; brothers, Eugene and Bill Johnson; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Lilly and Eli Ownby; and brothers-in-law: Wilburn Keys, Duel Ownby and Alvin Goodwin.

Survivors include her children: Brenda and Reggie Swafford and Zandra and Harold Morris, and Mervin and Debbie Ownby, all of Cleveland; grandchildren: Eric and Nikki Swafford, Jennifer and Todd Wilson, Brad and Trisha Montgomery, Blake and Tamika Morris, Justin and Christin Ownby, all of Cleveland, and Jonathon and Brooke Ownby of Bernice, La.; great-grandchildren: Aubrey Hannah, Ty Wilson, Skyler and Brody Swafford, Marlee and Brady Montgomery, Tre` and Katlyn Morris, all of Cleveland, and Layla and Isaiah Ownby of Bernice; sisters: Reta Goodwin and Sylvia Oberon Johnson; brother and wife, Ted and Maxine Johnson; sisters-in-law: Irene Keys, Reba (Hoyt) Teague, Marie (Wildon) Carroll, Lucille Ownby and Evelyn Johnson, all of Cleveland, Helen Johnson of Hickory, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with Pastor Tony Spencer officiating.

Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens with grandsons Eric Swafford, Brad Montgomery, Blake Morris, Justin Ownby, Skyler Swafford and Todd Wilson serving as pallbearers.

A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Family Home Health and Hospice, 175 24th St., Cleveland TN 37311.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Ownby family guest book at

Our Tribute

“Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her;

So he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax and willingly works with her hands.”

— Proverbs 31:10-13

“She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:

‘Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all.’ Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,

But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

Give her of the fruit of her hands,

And let her own works praise her in the gates.”

— Proverbs 31:27-31