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Addie Pearl Owens

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Born in Griffen Chapel, Texas on Sep. 7, 1920
Departed on Jun. 1, 2013 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Friday, Jun. 7, 2013
12 pm - 7:00 pm
Service: Saturday, Jun. 8, 2013
11:00 am
Cemetery: Assumption Cemetery
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Addie Pearl Owens

Mrs. Owens, the ninth child, was born in Griffen Chapel, a rural community near Milano, to the late Addie Pearl Twiggs Cavil and Jafus Pitt Cavil. Her mother and a twin brother passed away at her birth and her father died a short time later. Mrs. Owens was nurtured by her older sister and brother-in-law, Prof. and Mrs. (Marcella) O. E. Wilhite.

Her formal education began at Prospect Elementary School, Griffen Chapel, and she graduated from Aycock High School in Rockdale, in 1937. Mrs. Owens earned her first degree from St. Phillips Jr. College, San Antonio, and began teaching in 1941 at Porter's Chapel, a rural community in Burleson County. She received a BA degree in English and Elementary Ed. From Huston-Tillotson, Austin. She received a Master's degree from Prairie View University in Administration Credentials. She earned 20 credit units towards her PhD from the University of Michigan, Southern California and Whittier College.

While teaching at Aycock, she married Frank Owens, Sr., a Shop Instructor, and they became parents of Frank Owens, Jr. Frank Owens, Sr. died later.

In 1951, Mrs. Owens began a four year stint as English instructor at Wilson White High School in Rosebud. Under her tutorship, students organized the first English Club, published The Chronicle, the first school newspaper, and edited the first school annual. Four years later, she relocated to Los Angeles, California, and became a sixth grade teacher in the Compton Unified School District.

While in Compton she became involved with Teacher Corps and the Career Opportunities Program (COP). She became staff teacher to the Teacher Corps interns, and through combined efforts of the Compton USD and the University of Southern California, 50 persons earned certifications as teachers and accepted positions in the Compton USD. Under her leadership, 180 persons enrolled in the programs, finishing Compton Junior College and later enrolling in major California Universities with 150 obtaining degrees.

Through her efforts and the Teacher Corps Internet, the first Multicultural Ethnic Cultural Center and program established in Compton USD. The outgrowth of the venture was the authorship of a media book and development of a curriculum for Multicultural Education in the Compton USD. This later attracted the University of California which led to her being invited to New Delhi, India to study the life and culture of the country. In 1991, she was honored by Compton USD for her "humanistic concern, love, and generous support" that she had for the COP program.

Mrs. Owens was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, National Society and Parent Training Club. Mrs. Owens was a lifelong member of The African Methodist Episcopal Church. As a member of Brookings African American Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, California she served as chairperson of the benevolent committee, vice president of Women's Missionary Society (15 years), Sunday School teacher, assistant superintendent of Sunday School (15 years) and was selected Woman of the Year. Mrs. Owens relocated to Austin, Texas in 1991 and joined Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church. As a dedicated and committed member at Metropolitan she served on the Women's Missionary Society, Sunday School teacher and was the recipient of the Women's Day essence Award.

The many, many plaques and awards which grace the walls of her home are evidence of her great works. Mrs. Owens lived and operated on one premise:

"My desire has always been to be the best person that I could be, and to keep an intimate relationship with God."
- Addie Pearl Cavil Owens

Mrs. Owens is survived by her only child, son Frank William Owens, Jr.; immediate relatives, nieces, Millie Ferguson, Gloria McCariff, Theresa Goodwin; grandnieces Stephanie Hawthorne, Sherry Cavil, Wanda Williams, Mechelle Carter; nephews, Fred Wilhite; great nephews Patrick Ferguson, Stephen Ferguson, Jesse Cavil, Rev. Bracy Lovelady, Lacey Lovelady, Julius Lovelady, Oscar Eugene Wilhite, Jr., Charles Goodwin, Maurice Goodwin, Cordell Rucker, Jr.; cousins Morgan and Vella Smith, Jafus Cavil, Ruthie Harmon, Gartharene Green, Johnny Alonzo; cherished friends Suzie Piper, Lou McClure, Sylvia Mathews, Fornora Eason and Jeanette "Jetta" Conner; the Metropolitan A.M.E. church members; and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.


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