Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 25, 2012, at Brentwood Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, for Gregory James Owens, with the Reverend Joe Samuel Ratliff officiating.
Gregory was born on December 14, 1955 in Franklin, and departed this life on Saturday, August 18, 2012, at the Misher Neurological Clinic in Houston, Texas after a sudden accident.
He was born to Violet Owens Thompson and fathered by James E. Wallace Sr. He accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Mt. Corinth Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.
He was educated in the St. Mary Parish School System and was graduated with academic honors from the 1973 Class of Franklin Sr. High School, where he served as Senior Class Vice-President. Upon graduation, Greg received academic scholarship offers to attend either Boston University or Tulane University. He chose to matriculate at Boston University and later transferred to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology. After graduation from LSU, he was employed by the St. Mary Parish School Board as a school teacher in Morgan City before moving to Houston to accept employment with Tenneco Oil and Gas Exploration Company and later with General Electric Pipeline Integrity. He went on to obtain a real estate license and became a Real Estate Agent. He joined Brentwood Baptist Church in 1992 where he served in the Music Ministry as a member of the Male Chorus, Church Choir and Chorale.
Greg was fun-loving, kind and compassionate. He gave whatever he could to help others, even unto death. He was an Organ Donor and his kidneys were donated and life was given to two individuals in need of a miracle; his left kidney was donated to a 60 year old male in Houston and his right kidney was donated to a 61 year old female in New York City.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Melba Owens; and a cousin, Horatio Blanco.
Greg leaves to cherish his memories his mother, Violet Owens Thompson of Franklin; two brothers, Benjamin (Trudy) Harris of Sugarland, Texas and David C. Thompson of Franklin; one aunt and godmother, Audrey Jean (James) Armelin Jr. of Baldwin; one uncle, Ronald (Marlene) Owens of Centerville; three nieces, Nicole (Troy) Robinson of Gonzales, Leah and Bevin Harris of Houston, Texas; one nephew, Benjamin Harris II of Belmont, California; one great nephew, Trey Robinson and one great niece, Jordyn Robinson, both of Gonzales; stepfather, Charles Thompson Jr. of Franklin; a cousin/brother, Tommy Manuel Sr. of Thibodaux; a half-sister, Francella Wallace of Lafayette; and a host of beloved cousins, family and friends.