Johnny E. “Bootsie” Owens Sr.

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Johnny Edward Owens Sr., a beloved member of the Mansfield community, passed away after a long illness, September 2, 2023, at the age of 68. Born on October 29, 1954, in Mansfield, OH, Johnny was known for his vibrant personality, infectious laughter, and his ability to bring joy to those around him.

As a loving husband to his wife Belinda “Lou” Owens, Johnny cherished their bond and created countless cherished memories together. He was a devoted father to his daughter, Shirley Owens and son, Johnny Owens Jr., also known affectionately as “Bootsie.” Johnny’s love for his family was immense, and his presence in their lives would forever be treasured.

Johnny was a man of many talents and passions. He found great joy in dancing, his smooth moves captivating everyone who had the pleasure of witnessing them. His voice was a gift that brought comfort and delight to those who heard it. Johnny’s sense of humor was contagious, and he had a remarkable ability to make family and friends laugh with his wit and jokes.

An incredibly loyal friend, Johnny was always there to offer support, a listening ear, and a helping hand. He had a deep appreciation for fashion and took pride in dressing his best. Johnny’s love for stylish hats added a touch of elegance to his charismatic persona and always carried his staff.

His favorite sayings were ” This is what I do, I don’t do this for fun” and 99 1/2 won’t do, it’s gotta be 100″. Throughout his life, Johnny worked as a dedicated laborer in the construction industry, making a significant impact with his contribution to the growth and development of Mansfield. He was employed by Ace Iron and Metals, where he built lasting friendships with his colleagues.

Along with his wife and children, Johnny Owens Sr. will be dearly missed by his surviving siblings; brothers, James (Barbara) Owens and Timothy (Serena) Owens; sisters, Jan (Greg) Woods, Queen (Ronald) Dulin-McKinney, Jill (Mark) Anderson, Sandy (Kenneth) Everson, and Rhonda (Isaac) Porter; stepchildren, Michael Davis, Katibra Beard, Marquis Feagin, Mykeshia Williams, Micah Holt and Hakeem Holt; sister in law, Ramona Owens; 22 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, Louis Will Owens and Eva Mae Briggs Owens whose love and guidance shaped him into the man he became and brothers, L.A. Owens, Dempsey Owens and sister, Virginia Jones.

Johnny Edward Owens Sr. will forever remain in the hearts of those who had the privilege of sharing his life. His infectious laughter, genuine kindness, and remarkable spirit will continue to inspire all who knew him. May he find eternal peace as he dances amongst the stars, forever cherished and never forgotten.

On Wednesday September 13, 2023, friends and loved ones are invited to pay their respects during the visitation, starting at 10:00 am at Providence Baptist Church 112 W. 6th St., followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am. The burial will take place at Mansfield Cemetery.

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  1. To the Owens and Beard family I send my Deepest condolences to you all. May God give you comfort and peace in this time of grief.

  2. Khalil and Joyce Ali

    To the Owen’s and Beard families, you have our deepest and sincerest sympathies. Our prayers go out to you all.

  3. Christine Canada

    I’m so sorry for your loss…we been friends over 65 years…one of the best friends you could have he was so funny…always dancing and smiling sorry for your family’s loss he will be missed…

  4. Sending my deepest condolences and prayers.

  5. Charles and Patti (Cash) Ray

    0ur Prayers are with the Family.

  6. Terry and Kay Chambry

    Prayers going out to the Owens and Beard family. RIP. BROTHER!

  7. Heartfelt condolences and prayers to Owens family. Keeping you all in prayer.

    Rosie Jean, Elaine, Burke Jr, Clarence & Carmen

  8. To the family my deepest condolences he will be truly missed

  9. George Stevenson

    My deepest condolences to the whole family He was a great friend REST IN POWER MY FRIEND

  10. I’m sorry for your loss and sending my sincerest condolences to the family and friends . A great guy gone way too soon

  11. Herb and Loretta Hilliard

    To the Owen’s family you have our deepest sympathy

  12. My condolences to the family. Praying you have comfort in knowing he’s at peace now!

  13. Jeanette Cameron-Hess

    My sincere condolences to the Owens family. Boosie was a lifetime friend from the Daisy St. neighborhood. He was always happy, funny, just a joy to be in his presence. Rest on my friend in heavenly peace.

  14. Sorry for your loss, jonny and i had many meaningful conversations since i meet him in 1998

  15. Kim Y. Hairston-Dismuke

    Always a happy go lucky fellow. He would always greet you with a smile when he would come into the Dollar General Store. Praying for the Family. God is able to keep you!

  16. Angela Mosier(Hawthorne )

    My deepest sympathy to the Owens family, Bootsie was a good guy and one of my brother Craig’s dearest friends, he is at peace and no more suffering. I will be keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers.

  17. So sorry for your lost lue keep your eye on the lord for strength and he will carry you threw love you mr &mrs james jones and familyj

  18. Rita J. Shoulders

    I am so sorry for your loss.This was my dancing partner I love him just like my own.Him and my nephew was so close.God know I am going to miss him.We was so close he all way call me Red.So sweetheart Rest In Heaven.Praying for your wife and the family.Amen

  19. The Webb family offer our sincere condolences to the Owens family. Bootsie was a great guy, and will be missed by so many. May God give y’all the strength to carry on. James, Connie, Raymond, Calvin, Fay, Mary and Marcia.


  21. My deepest condolences to you & your family. May God bless you and your family in your time of need.

  22. Myrtle Johnson-Bell

    My condolences to the Owens Family. May he rest in Heavenly Peace.

  23. To Lou and the Owens family. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of a loving husband, father, brother and friend to so many. His infectious smile and contagious laugh will be missed but he left behind many memories to cherish and comfort you going forward without him. With love and sincere condolences to you all

  24. My deepest sincere condolences and prayers to the Owen’s family, Queen know that God sees and knows the pain of your loss He will comfort and sustain you always.

  25. With sadness and deep heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your brother, Johnny “Bootsie” Owen’s, I send my condolences and prayers for Comfort and Peace.

  26. Sylvia Boyd & Family

    Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you.

  27. My condolences to the family. The Owens family were great people. I graduated with Dempsey. We all were raised in Mt. Hermon.

  28. To Lou & the rest of the Owens Family I’m so sorry for your loss, sending you my Sincerest condolences w/lots of love, hugs and Prayers may God hug and hold you at this difficult time Love you Lou ❤️

  29. To the Owens Family,
    Truly sorry for your loss; May you all hold on to those Wonderful Memories in your hearts and find comfort in the days to come!!

  30. To Belinda and the family my condolences. Johnny was nice and always smiling, you’re in my prayers… ❤️

  31. Dorothy L Perdue///Perdue Family

    Lou you have my deepest condolences on the loss of such a wonderful person.
    Bootsie will greatly missed!! Seek God for comfort. My prayers are with you.
    Love you Dorothy

  32. Elder Tillman Franklin Jr

    With Love and Prayers THE FRANKLIN Family is Praying for you. James was a special guy . TOO GOD be THE GLORY GREAT THINGS HE has DONE Amen and Hallelujah Elder Tillman Franklin Jr and FRANKLIN Family RIP BOOTSIE ❗

  33. Ahmed Feree Kent

    Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un (Meaning) Verily we belong to Allah, and verily to Him do we return.

  34. Mary A Thomas Dismuke

    My Deepest Condolences to the family may God be with you

  35. Margie Williams Morris

    Sincere condolences to the family. We were a close family growing up. The Williams family on Charles Street and the Owen’s family on Louis Street and later on McPherson. Love you all.

  36. I will miss my dear cousin so much! He was always making me laugh. Rest in peace now. Love you Bootsie always and forever.

  37. To Mrs Lou and the family,
    God is near too your broken hearts , God will also lift up your heads during this time of the departure of your husband father, Papa and friend. With my condolences and on behalf of the Canada family, we say peace be still both now and the days ahead, this is our prayer for you .

  38. Robert & LaVerne Westerfield

    We wish to extend our condolences to you Lou and the family. Bootsie was good people with a good heart…he will be missed. God bless you all. R.I.P. Love you!

  39. J.E. 'Sonny" Hamner

    To My Dear Dear Friend This was such a Shock and I really didn’t see this one coming…To your Wife Kids Family and Love Ones Please except Condolences and Prayers from My Family: The Hamners Carters and Daniel’s to The Owens Family…I Love Your Sir and You will be Missed…Rest In Power and Peace my Dear Friend until I See You In The Morning!!!!

  40. Terri Pratt & Family

    you will always be loved and you will never be forgotten !!!! Your memories live forever !❤️❤️❤️

  41. Sincere condolences to the family… Just know that my heart is with you… There’s so much I can say about my guy, so many memories, so many life lessons…. Until we meet again Unc✌

  42. Sending my prayers and condolences to the family.

  43. Pebbles Luckie-Spikes

    So sorry for your loss! Praying for the Owens family!

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