William “Bill” Owens, 53

William “Bill” Owens, 53 of Dandridge, TN passed away May 26, 2019 at Bristol Regional Medical Center. He was born in Pikeville, KY on November 11, 1965, a son of the late Clifford Edsel and Velda Dotson Owens. He was a former resident of Elkhorn City, KY and was living in Dandridge, TN at the time of his passing. He worked for the City of Pigeon Forge, TN. He loved fishing and sports, especially the University of Kentucky. William is survived by his two daughters, Norah Owens and Julia Owens both of Johnson City, TN; four siblings, Connie Owens and husband Winn of Dandridge, TN, Robert “Bob” Owens and wife Minnie of Chesapeake, VA, James “Pokey” Owens and wife Karen of Dorton, KY, and Henry “Jake” Owens and wife Susie of Raccoon, KY; two aunts, Rebecca Dotson and Myrna Spears; two nephews, Jason and Devan; two nieces, Becky and Kelsey; special friends, Billy Inman, Greg Woods and wife, Angie and James Jackson; high school friend, Julie Hale Ross and family; work friends, Lester and Allen and many others; lifelong friends, Barry, Brad, and Chad Stiltner; and many other friends and family. The family would like to express a special thank you to the City of Pigeon Forge for their support and compassion. A Celebration of Life Service was held on June 1, 2019 at the Mountain Harbor Inn in Dandridge, TN and a Celebration of Life will be held at 6PM on June 8, 2019 at Bailey Funeral Home Chapel, Elkhorn City, KY.


  1. James Ratliff says

    Was this Bill Owens who had worked at Dollywood? If so I worked under him and had been in a band with Michael “Fugi” Bevins from across the road where Bill’s parents had lived. I am very sad to hear about Bill passing. He was honest, plainspoken, and very intelligent and I in the two years I got to work under him counted him as a friend. I was working all night with Bill and then had to get up and take care of my son a few hours after I got home and Bill knowing I worked very hard would often watch me fall asleep in Red’s Diner and let me sleep a little before waking me while we were waiting for I.J. to finish their last load as I was almost always finished first. He watched out for me and when I was accused of stealing from Dollywood, he and his wife posted my bail. He was always good to me and I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. Had I known I would have been there.

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