Kathryn Owen

Kathryn Owen (McBryde)

August 5, 1928 - May 2, 2021
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Kathryn Hoover Owen, 92, of Pine Bluff, died Sunday, May 2, 2021, in a local assisted living center. She was born August 5, 1928, to the late Charlie Cecil McBryde and Elva Lea Beard McBryde at Glendale, AR.

She attended Glendale Public School and was a member of the Senior Girls Basketball team, graduating in 1946. The same time she received her graduation from Fuhr School of Business.

She retired from National Bank of Commerce after working for 34 years. She retired as manager of the Jefferson Square branch. While at Jefferson Square, she was a member of the Jefferson Square Merchants Association, where she served as president and secretary/treasurer. She was a member of the American Business Women’s Association, and served as president, secretary/treasurer, and recording secretary.

When her daughters were attending Forrest Park School, she was a den mother for the Girl Scout Troop.

She was a member of Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years, and BTC on Sunday nights. She was a member of the Senior Choir, the counting committee for Sunday School, secretary to Awana on Wednesday nights, the Crusaders Sunday School Class, the Senior Adult Ministry, and taught crafts in Bible School for many years.

She loved painting china and was a member of the Pine Bluff China Painting organization. She also enjoyed ceramics, knitting, crocheting, and fishing with her buddy, Lucille Ring, who has been her friend for over 50 years.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Thomas M. Hoover and Ira Van (Jr.) Owen; a daughter, Brenda Smithwick; and a sister, Mary McBryde Schleisner.

She is survived by her daughter, Carol Hoover Hagan (Dick) of Pine Bluff; two grandsons, Mike Phillips (Dallas) of Pine Bluff and Chris Parr (Lori) of Conroe, TX; five great-grandsons, Hunter Phillips (Chelsey) of Pine Bluff, Blake Phillips of Mt. Ida, Garrett Parr of Conroe, Dusty Ashcraft and Garrett Ashcraft; great-granddaughter, Caroline Parr of Conroe; great-great-grandson, Hoyt Phillips; and a number of other relatives.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at Shady Grove Cemetery, Glendale, with Bro. Charles Smithwick officiating. Burial is under the care of Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors.

Memorial contributions may be made to Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church in Pine Bluff.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 2:00pm
    Shady Grove Cemetery - Glendale
    662 Eagle Road
    STAR CITY, AR 71667
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Shady Grove Cemetery - Glendale
    662 Eagle Road
    STAR CITY, AR 71667
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Gail Spadoni

Posted at 03:10am
Kindest Remembrances, Gail Bubbus Spadoni, Bryant Ar

Ted and Tamara Harden

Posted at 01:52pm
So sorry to hear of Kathryn's passing. We had many fond years in banking. She was a long time family friend. To the family: May the Holy Ghost give you comfort in this time of loss.

Carole Rushing

Posted at 12:25am
To the family, we were so sorry to read of the loss of Kathryn. May the Lord grant you peace, strength and comfort at this sad time. Our sincere condolences to the entire family.
With prayers and love,
Owen and Carole Rushing

Gwen Ginnett

Posted at 11:14pm
My Prayers goes to the Family Mrs Kathryn Owen 🙏♥️

Bettye Johnson

Posted at 09:56pm
It is so sad to lose Kathryn. I enjoyed knowing her for so many years in ABWA. It was a pleasure to know her and be her friend
You are in my thoughts and prayers

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