James Roy Owens James Roy Owens, 74, of Aubrey, TX, passed away Friday, October 14, 2016 in Denton, TX. He was born January 9, 1942 in Denton County, TX to John Ralph and Edna Thelma (Aaron) Owens. James was the youngest of 5. James and Mary were longtime residents of Aubrey. James was a hardworking man and couldn't stay still for long. During peanut season, James was on his tractor, planting and digging. He worked at Peterbilt, where he worked for 25 years as a welder before retiring in 2007. James spent his free time in his shop with his dog (Charlie) and cat (Rambo), tinkering with mowers he was fixing for friends or working on his various projects. For many years, every morning he would join his buddies at Betty's Cafe in Aubrey for coffee and then supper with his wife and cherished friends. James was always ready to lend a hand and put his family first. He leaves a great legacy in the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who adored him. In the spring of 2015, James suffered a stroke, just months before the passing of his beloved wife. The last year and a half showed how hardworking James was, as he joined together with the staff of nurses and therapists at Select Rehabilitation Hospital in Denton, TX to regain mobility and strength. He and his family will always be grateful for the encouragement he received during this difficult time. Our hearts are broken over the loss of our dad, pa, and friend, but we rejoice that he is reunited with the love of his life, Mary, now and forevermore. He is survived by his son, Terry Owens of Aubrey, TX; daughter, Debbie Clayton and husband Greg of Pilot Point, TX; two grandchildren, Jennifer Silva and husband Andrew of Howe, TX, Brian Clayton and wife Stevi of Collinsville, TX; two great-grandchildren, Adrian and Henry Silva of Howe, TX; and brother, Fagin Owens of Pilot Point, TX. James was preceded in death by his parents; wife Mary; two brothers, J.W. and Bobby Owens; and sister, Margie Coffey. Visitation will be held 6:30 PM-8:00 PM, Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at Slay Memorial Chapel in Aubrey, TX. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Slay Memorial Chapel in Aubrey, TX with Buddy Owens officiating. Interment will follow at Belew Cemetery in Aubrey, TX. Online condolences may be shared at www.slaymemorialfuneralhome.com . Services are under the direction of Terri Slay and Slay Memorial Funeral Center.
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