- [S74] Atchley Funeral Home Records, Volume IV, 1987-1999, Larry D. Fox, (Smoky Mountain Historical Society), 5 Dec 1993.
Estelle Owens Watson obituary
- [S106] The Mountain Press, 11 May 2009.
Dolly sends special roses
By GAIL CRUTCHFIELD
PIGEON FORGE - Dolly Parton joined several uncles and cousins Saturday on the stage of the Back Porch Theater at Dollywood to celebrate the lives of a number of family members with roses planted especially in their honor.
"We're bringing out roses because today is a special kind of day for us," Parton said as she stood on stage with members of the Kinfolk Show. "It's kind of a bittersweet day because every year we lose people that are close to us we plant a memorial rose, and this year we're going to dedicate our family garden, which is over by the replica of the Tennessee mountain home.
Two of the Dolly rose plants will be planted in honor of former Back Porch Theater entertainers Dorothy Jo Owens Parton and John Henry Owens, aunt and uncle to Parton on her mother's side of the family.
"She was actually my hero," Parton said of her aunt who passed away late last year. "She even wrote a book about that and she was a great inspiration to me.
"She was a Pentecostal minister and she actually was one of the most wonderful people I've ever known. She had a great attitude, great personality and any time I needed some help with inspiration and my spiritual strength kind of lifted up a little bit, I would spend some time with her."
John Henry Owens performed as a comedian and singer with the Kinfolk Show.
"He passed away a few years back and this is the first time we've had a chance to actually plant the rose in his honor," Parton said.
The lives of other family members, including her Aunt Estelle, will be celebrated with plantings in the family garden, she added.
"She was also a great inspiration and helped me a lot in my early days," Parton said.
Parton then joined in with her relatives to sing "Daddy Was an Old-Time Preacher Man," a song she co-wrote with Dorothy Jo about her father and Parton's grandfather.
"We're celebrating their lives, not their deaths," she said. "We know where they are right now, and they're happy in the Lord and so are we.
- [S112] Census, 1930.
Name: Dortha Owen
Event Date: 1930
Event Place: District 13, Sevier, Tennessee
Marital Status: Single
Birthplace: South Carolina
Estimated Birth Year: 1929
Relationship to Head of Household: Daughter
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace: Tennessee
Enumeration District Number: 16
Family Number: 12
Sheet Number and Letter: 1B
Line Number: 58
NARA Publication: NARA Publication: T626, roll 2271
Film Number: 2342005
Digital Folder Number: 4547919
Image Number: 00915
Household Gender Age
Parent Jake R Owen M 31
Parent Renie Owen F 28
Estell Owen F 9
Ava L Owen F 6
Lester Owen M 4
Dortha Owen F 1
- [S23] Atchley Funeral Home, (http://www.atchleyfuneralhome.com/), 19 Nov 2008.
Rev. Dorothy Jo Owens Parton
March 22, 1929 - November 19, 2008
Birthplace: Lockhardt, South Carolina
Resided In: Sevierville, Tennessee
Visitation: November 22, 2008
Service: November 23, 2008
Cemetery: Caton's Chapel Cemetery
Rev. Dorothy Jo Owens Parton, of Sevierville, passed away Wednesday, November 19, 2008. A singer/songwriter, Dorothy Jo, along with Dolly, wrote “Old Time Preacher Man” which received a BMI Award. Dorothy Jo recently released a book titled “Dolly’s Hero, Sharing Mighty Mountain Voices”. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Music from Emanuel Baptist University, served as an evangelist, and was retired from Dollywood where she performed for many years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Jake and Rena Owens, sisters and brothers-in-law, Estelle and Dot Watson, Avie Lee and Robert Lee Parton, brothers, Lester Owens and Robert Henry Owens.
Husband: Bill Parton
Children: Dale Puckett and wife Mitzi, Donna Faye Cudd and husband David, Dwight Puckett and wife Sandy, Debra Jo Hess, Rena Conley and husband Roger
13 Grandchildren and 15 Great-Grandchildren
Brothers: Louis Owens and wife Colleen, Bill Owens and wife Sandy, Alden Owens and wife Barbara
Step-Children: Tammy Parton, Cindy Taylor and husband Todd, Scott Parton, Craig Parton and wife Cheryl
6 step Grandchildren and 6 Step Great-grandchildren
Many beloved nieces, nephews, family and friends
Her best friend: Carolyn Sadler
Funeral service 2 PM Sunday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. Donnie Jester officiating. Interment will follow in Caton’s Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-8 PM Saturday at Atchley Funeral Home.
Family and friends will gather Sunday following the funeral service at Gatlinburg World Outreach Center/Gatlinburg Community Church, 3420 Byrds Creek Road, Sevierville, Tennessee. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. (www.atchleyfuneralhome.com)
- [S91] Smoky Mountain Memories, Willadeene Parton, (1996), xxii.