Thomas R. “Randy” Owens, Jr., age 74, passed away on October 30th, 2018. After years of declining health, he died peacefully at Embrace Hospice House in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Born July 1, 1944, in Columbia, SC, he was the son of Ms. Doris O. McGuire and the late Thomas R. Owens, Sr. Randy attended Columbia-area schools, graduating from Eau Claire High School, class of 1962. While at Eau Claire, he lettered in track under the guidance of legendary coach Art Baker. He never forgot Coach Baker’s life lessons and his influence was a lasting one. After graduating from high school, Mr. Owens briefly attended Newberry College.
Randy had a strong work ethic and held many jobs over the years, beginning as a young teenager delivering newspapers. Much of his adult career was spent in computer operations, and he retired from SCE&G with 20 years of service.
After retirement, Randy could often be found riding his Kabota, roaming woods near his home, accompanied by his beloved Labs, “Kate” and “Moose.” The beauty and wonder of nature never failed to bring him joy. He would sit for hours on his front porch, watching the serene waters in his cove on Lake Murray, delighting in the waterfowl and other wildlife he often observed. Randy also loved vacationing with his family (and dogs) on the SC coast. Until his health declined, Folly Beach was a frequent destination.
Mr. Owens is survived by his beloved mother of Columbia, SC; his daughter, Tobi O. Merschat (Kris) of Memphis, TN; Tommy Owens (Amanda) of Myrtle Beach, SC, and his sister, Jan O. Scharstein (Greg) of Lexington, SC. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Mary Catherine Merschat of Memphis and Willow, Scout, and Sunny Hannah of Myrtle Beach. In addition to his father, Randy was predeceased by his stepfather, James L. McGuire, Jr., and an infant brother.
No formal funeral service or visitation will be held. Per Randy’s wishes, his body was cremated. At a later date, his ashes will be scattered at two of his favorite places on earth – in front of his beloved home on Lake Murray and at Folly Beach, SC. If desired, memorials may be made to: Taking Control of Your Diabetes, 990 Highland Drive, Suite 312, Solana Beach, CA 92075.
The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Embrace Hospice House who lovingly cared for Randy in his final days and to Pastor James Counts who faithfully visited Randy during his long stay at Newberry Co. Memorial Hospital. The family especially extends their love and profound appreciation to Randy’s neighbor, Ms. Betty Graham, who so lovingly cared for Randy’s canine children, “Ace” and “Abby,” during his long illness.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.burroughsfh.com
Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services (843.651.1440) of Murrells Inlet is assisting the family with arrangements.
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My sincere condolences to the entire family. I am sorry for your loss. There are hardly any words to find or say that may bring you comfort at your time of loss. Few things cause more heartache and stress than the death of a loved one. Below a link to an article based on the Holy Scriptures. In this article of the Awake, comfort and help for those who are grieving. (Hosea 13:14 From the power of the Grave I will redeem them; From death I will recover them. Where are your stings, O Death? Where is your destructiveness, O Grave...)?
Submitted by Marlene on Nov 9 2018 11:44:43 AM
Randy will never have to face the last enemy death, ever again. In the meantime, his acts of faith live on until he stands up alive and whole in the Paradise.
Isaiah 25:8 "He will swallow up death forever, And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces."
Submitted by Heather on Nov 6 2018 02:16:56 PM
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Jack Hughes lit a candle on Nov 5 2018 01:38:58 PM
Rest in peace my dear dear lost friend. Randy was the best friend I ever had in this world.Attached at the hip during our high school days at Eau Claire High. When you saw one you saw the other..His second wife Debbie took care of my daughter Tania while I went to night school after getting out of the Navy for the second time in 1975..We spent a lot of time together the next two years before I went back in the Navy to try and save my marriage..The summer of 1977 was the last time we were together and since getting out of the Navy for good in 1989 I have been trying to locate him, but was never able to track him and what I know now he was not far away.
My heart is truly broken, but I know he is not in pain and in a better place..Prayers to his wonderful family and especially is wonderful Mom Doris, who I knew as Mrs Owens.I know he was a wonderful son, father and grand dad. See you ole friend when its my time to leave this wonderful earth behind..♥♥♥
Submitted by Jack Hughes on Nov 5 2018 01:03:13 PM
Jim and I are so very sorry for your loss. Randy was a great guy and friend, and a lot of fun. He was a blessing to you, Jan, and the rest of his family and friends; you were an angel to him. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May God carry you in the Palm of His Hand. We love you! Bonnie and Jim Byrd
Submitted by Bonnie Mendoza Byrd on Nov 2 2018 07:31:45 PM
So sorry for your loss. Randy will truly be missed many good times. He and Jack had so many fun times. My prayers are with you and your family.
Submitted by Jo Ann Hamby on Nov 2 2018 02:18:07 PM
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