Thomas “Randy” Owens, Jr.



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.

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Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services (843.651.1440) of Murrells Inlet is assisting the family with arrangements.