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Jeffrey Duane Ownby

Born: Sun., Apr. 27, 1986
Died: Sun., Jul. 25, 2010

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Jeffrey Duane Ownby, Jr.

Jeffrey Duane Ownby, Jr., 24, of Dillwyn, VA, died Sunday, July 25, 2010 at his home.
He was born April 27, 1986 in Charlottesville, VA, a son of Jeffrey Duane Ownby of Scottsville and Wanda Kay Kerr of Ruckersville.
He was preceded in death by his niece, Morgan Kathleen Ownby
Jeffrey was a graduate of William Monroe High School and worked for V.R.I. in Richmond. His greatest love was his children.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife Kacey (Sullivan) Ownby, of Dillwyn; a son, Nicholas Austin Ownby; a daughter, Natalie Aubrie Ownby, both of Dillwyn; a brother, Joshua Austin Ownby, of Greensboro, NC; paternal grandparents, John W. and Christine D. Ownby, of Scottsville; maternal grandmother, Madeline Kerr-Fisk and her husband John, of Ruckersville; uncles, John Ownby, Jr., of Dillwyn, Matthew Ownby, of Scottsville, and Kevin Kerr, of Ruckersville; his aunt, Karen Asher, and her daughters Jessica and Amanda Castle, of Ruckersville; his step-father, George Mawyer of Ruckersville; and his step-sisters, Gwen Morris and Amanda Mawyer.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at Monticello Memory Gardens in Charlottesville by the Reverend Mark Holder. Burial will follow at Monticello Memory Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 7 until 8 PM on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at Thacker Brothers Funeral Home in Scottsville.
Friends and family may share memories and photos at www.thackerbrothers.com.


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Matthew
   Posted Mon July 26, 2010

Matthew
   Posted Mon July 26, 2010

Danielle
   Posted Tue July 27, 2010
There is nothing but good memories that I have to share about this wonderful angel. As Children, growing up, we were pretty close. He always made me laugh and we always had good times together, since diapers, I can remember when we were little going fishin at his mamaw and papaw's. He always Caught the fish and I caught his line. :'''{ I remember us pickin on the cows and the Attack guiena's and always getting chased by them. I remember when walking to the little country store up from its mamaw's and papaw's house was a BIG deal. Kickin rocks as we walked to get chewing gum chew so we could be like his dad and papaw.. I remember us sneaking his papaw's Chewin tobacco and then puking after we put it in our mouth. I remember him taking me on my first 4 wheeler ride and us runnin smack dab into a fence .I can remember every fond moment that he and I shared. We grew up and grew apart but I never forgot him... My heart is Completely broken and I am totally numb, in shock... My Lil J is gone....Words cannot describe how truly sorry that I am to him for not being around and spending time with him. I hope he knows how much he is truly loved and adored by my family and I. I wish that i could be home with my family to support and grieve with them. I am so sorry, My heart is all there... I am so thankful to everyone that is supporting our family right now and I will never forget you Lil Jeff... I love you and I will never forget you.....Now you can walk with your great grandma Elizabeth, Our angel Morganne and our aunt sharon... I love you and miss u more than anything.... Love always, Danielle

Michelle
   Posted Tue July 27, 2010
Jeff you always knew how to make people smile. I will always remember your smile and the very wonderful natured person you were. You will for sure be missed by so many people. RIP Jeff

Janet
   Posted Tue July 27, 2010
Jeffrey will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy goes out to everyone who knew Jeffrey. I will always remember all the times when he was little and would wrestle Matt.

Anita
   Posted Tue July 27, 2010
Jeff your family at VRI will miss you very much you were a great person and co-worker our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family-love you Grasshopper.

Christen
   Posted Tue July 27, 2010
I met Jeff many years ago and remember his high energy, wonderful spirit and a laugh that would make you laugh back...my prayers to the Ownbys, and friends, during these dark days.

Mamaw
   Posted Tue July 27, 2010
Jeffrey Our Grandson, You are out 1st grandson and 1st grandsons are always special. I remember when you were born and i told your mom and dad that you were the best mothers day gift i could ever get. You have always held a special place in our hearts, You spent every weekend and summer here with us, you became a son to us. We tried to help you through the bad times and good times in your life. You grew into a wonderful man, you worked hard and was a wonderful Grandson, Son and Dad. There will never ever be another you Jeffery, Our hearts are sad, We will miss you more than anyone will ever know.... With all of our hearts Papsnap and Mamaw

Lori
   Posted Tue July 27, 2010
Jeff, You will always be in our hearts and minds and we will forever love and miss you. From a sweet, loveable child, it was great to watch you grow to be the caring, loving man you have grown to be. Never forgotten, forever loved, that's what you are. All our love, Jasmine and Lori

Christy
   Posted Tue July 27, 2010
Wanda, I am so sorry to hear of Jeffrey's passing. I wish I could be there with you right now but please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. All my love...Christy M.

Mary
   Posted Tue July 27, 2010
Jeff, You will be missed by all our friends and family. You were such a fun person to be around. You were always funny, joking, loud and always new how to put a smile on someones face. This is such a sad thing for everyone to go through. You will be missed by many. Miss and Love you Jeff Mary Eppard

Ashley
   Posted Tue July 27, 2010
Jeff, i don't even know how to say how i feel! i can't believe u are gone! u were such a great person to be around!! Always had a smile on your face. You always new how to make people laugh! I know i will miss you! My heart is broke! We had alot of fun times together! that i will remember forever!! I Love You Love, Ashley Reese Shifflett

Angela
   Posted Tue July 27, 2010
Jeff, I remember all the fun times we had together over at my dad's on the weekends! Those were the times I will never forget. You always had a smile on your face every time I saw you. You will truly be miss and will always be in my thoughts. You and Andrew try not to have too much fun. We all will see you again one day. Angela Gibson

Jaime
   Posted Tue July 27, 2010
Wanda, Karen, and Kevin, Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. I have the best memories of hanging out with Jeffrey when we were small. He always the sweetest child, a trait that that he learned from each of you, and I envied him. You are all in my thoughts. Sincerely, Jaime Castle-Shifflett

Wanda
   Posted Tue July 27, 2010
My Dear Sweet Son, I can't believe you are in heaven now. What will I do without you here? From the minute you were born, you were the joy of my life. I don't know how I was so lucky to have you as my son. I have never known anyone so kindhearted and full of love for everyone. You were truly an angel among us and now you are with the other angels. I always told you that I never had another child because I got perfection in you, and I meant it. I love you forever. Until I see you again, my baby boy, my heart will be incomplete. Mom

Karen
   Posted Tue July 27, 2010
My Dear Jeffrey, Words cannot describe the emptiness we are feeling right now. Our hearts have been torn apart and life will never be the same without you. Your Aunt Karen will forever cherish our time together on Sat., July 24, when I got to hug you tight and see your sweet face and hear your laughter. I never imagined that it would be the last time. I have 24 years of wonderful memories that can't ever be taken away and I am privileged to have you for my nephew. I couldn't have hoped for any better than you!!! I love you so very much and I'll be waiting for that next hug when we see each other again! I miss you so much.

Wanda
   Posted Tue July 27, 2010
Jeffrey's Legacy...

Wanda
   Posted Tue July 27, 2010
Jeffrey's loving heart lives on in Nicholas & Natalie -- his pride and joy.

Karen
   Posted Tue July 27, 2010
Words cannot explain what it feels like now that you are no longer here with us. I have so many wonderful memories of you,Jess, and I together we shared so much laughter from the time we could talk and walk. I hope you are giving the angels what you gave us the laughter and your BEAUTIFUL smile!!! You will always be with me in my heart forever and I miss you so much Jeffrey. Wish I could just see you again and hear your laughter and see your smile! I know you are in a better place and I will see you on the other side and I will be coming to you with open arms. You were loved more than anything and had the most kindhearted soul than anyone I have ever known. I love you forever and always!!! Your loving cousin,Boo!!!

Karen
   Posted Tue July 27, 2010
Jeffrey, I can't believe you're gone. I'll never forget you and all the good times we had. We always laughed together and I always felt we had a special bond together. I'm so glad I got to spend my 75th birthday dinner at Outback with you and your kids. I never dreamed that that would be the last time I would see you and hug and kiss you. If I had only known, I would have kissed you more and hugged you tighter and never let you go. I always told you that you were my favorite grandson. You were my only grandson. Now you're gone. It's hard to believe I'll never see you again. I'll always cherish the memories of you. I'll always love you. You'll be in my heart the rest of my life. No one can take that away from me. I know you are in a better place now. You were too young to leave us. Rest in peace. I love you forever. Grandma Kerr (Hookie) You always called me Hookie.

Julie
   Posted Wed July 28, 2010
Jeffrey, I have been in disbelief and have not known what to say since I found out of your passing. This is like loosing a little brother, because we interacted like siblings. You always have and will continue to bring smiles to the faces of people that know you. I will miss hearing your laughter and joking around with you. Kyle will especially miss being able to see one of his favorite cousin's at Mamaw and Papaw's house. You will be forever in the thoughts of many people, and will never be forgotten Jeffrey. Sincerely, Julie Prentiss and Family

Will
   Posted Wed July 28, 2010
Jeffery, Jeff you were one of my best freinds I will miss you so much. We had such great times togother and Ill never forget meeting you at after school program when we were young and our freind ship grew from there. You made me laugh so hard all the time I loved being around you. Your kids Nick and Natlie will miss so much and so will Kacey. Ill think about you every day my man and all of your freinds and family. I love you like a brother. Will Mayo

Faith
   Posted Wed July 28, 2010
For the past ten years I have had the honor of having you in my life, my nephew....whom I love with all my heart. I have seen the loud, funny and crazy side of you, but I have also seen the tender, sweet, subdued Jeffrey. You are an amazing person, father, son, grandson, nephew and friend and you are so loved by all that know you. Your loving and caring heart has always shined through. I have so many wonderful memories of you that I will always cherish and hold close to my heart. I'm so thankful that I was blessed enough to have you in my life. I will always remember your smile, your laugh...and how you never could leave without a hug, and an "I love you". You truly are a one of a kind, and I'm so thankful for every memory that I have of you. My heart is so heavy right now, however, I know that you are safe, and that you are not alone. Hold tight to one another and know that our lives were forever changed by both your life and your death. I love you always, Faith

Aaron
   Posted Wed July 28, 2010
Jeffrey, Im down in Nags Head right now brother so Im not gonna be able to make it tonight! I'm sad about that but I rode down here with family. Just wanted to say that I'm upset with you my man. I feel like if you would've called me we could've laughed and joked about life like we always do. I still wanted to move back to scottsville so I could hang out with my boy on a daily basis again. the cookouts were great man even though it was usually just me you and a couple steaks with our families in the house of course. and everytime we left your house to go home you would say "I Love You". U were a true friend. I enjoyed your company we always laughed and joked and picked on each other. all in fun of course. I still want to take that trip to Tennessee that we talked about. You are one of my best friends dude. We could make bad times into good times real fast. I wish I couldve just spoke to you man. I wouldve been there for you in a heartbeat. I will do as much as I can for your family! and make sure everyone knows what a great father/person/friend you are. I love you Jeff man I dont want to accept this. it hasn't quite set in yet. I dont want to believe it. But, I guess I have no choice.... Love you Your Friend, Aaron Heaton

Tyler
   Posted Wed July 28, 2010
Dear jeffrey, These past few years I really havnt seen you that much, but growing up when I was a kid and you would hang out with T.J. and Jessica you would always make me laugh and always be the one to play with me. An one day I came over your house and you showed me your room and your eguana. Every single time I would see you, you would always have a smile on your face or would be laughing and that inspired others to smile and laugh with you. You were truely one of gods gifts to everyone and man im going to miss you. My heart goes out to all of your family. You were very special jeffrey im glad I had a privliage to grow up around you. I love you - Tyler Graves

Ricky
   Posted Wed July 28, 2010
Jeffrey, What can i really say... we had grown so close together for the longest time.... you were with me and grandma since you were just a little baby.. All the fun times at the house, the trouble we probably should have gotten into but didnt, and of course all of the great times! You are someone who i will never forget, my first real friend. You were like a brother to me. i still remember when CD players first became popular, and for my birthday you and Wanda gave me my first Shania Twain Cd hahaha.... we would spend all day carrying my cd player around the house and out in the yard at our "club" and just blast music... im sure grandma thought we both were crazy... then came Cledus T. Judd..... im suprised that cd still played after we were done with it. All the times we went to the park and would walk with grandma downtown to go eat, you were a part of our family and i hope you and your family feel the same way. When your mom and Levi bought that big house, and yall came to pick me up, all i can remember is you talking about how big it was, and then wanda pulls up at some falling down shack and said "we're here!" and ya'll really had me going! then ya'll tool me to the right house. You were the first person to show me how to shoot a BB gun, and when i came to stay at the new house in Greene with you guys, we went to that old barn near your house and we were shooting at metal and it hit the metal, and bounced off and hit us... the first thing you said was dont tell your mom because she would take the gun from us... then you got me on your mini motorcycle thing... that damn tire was flat as hell, but u were determined to teach me how to ride it... and we wont even get started on the go cart! HAHAHA I know we kind of grew apart the last few years, we both had things going on. But me and grandma always look through pictures and i have never forgotten the times we had together. I just want you to know that it meant the world to grandma and grandaddy that you would stop by every so often and when you brought your kids by, they just loved it. I would see you around town, and of course we would talk, i just wish we could have hung out more since we had gotten older. I just want you to know that you will never be forgotten, and we will meet again someday. I have always considered you to be my best friend since i was a kid, and nothing will ever change that. Thank you for everything, and all of the years of fun we had together. I love you Jeffrey! Love always, Jr and Grandma "Mable" and the rest of the Haney family

Kathy
   Posted Wed July 28, 2010
Our hearts goes out to the family in this time of sorrow!!! May God be with you at this time Scootie, Kathy, Kallob & Jennifer

Angie
   Posted Wed July 28, 2010
I would never have imagined the last time you were at our house sitting at the kitchen table eating pizza and playing with Ayden would be the last time we'd see you. It's still hard to believe that you will never greet me with one of your warm smiles and a hug. It saddens me to know that plans made that day will never come to pass. You may be gone from our grasp but you're just a memory away. We will hold dearly the smile on your face and the many laughs we shared. I will forever remember the love in your eyes as you proudly held your babies and the kind and gentle way you showed affection to ours. Missing you today and always, Angie & Goonie Eubanks

Marlena
   Posted Wed July 28, 2010
Jeff, I will always cherish the memories that we all made in school. You were one of my closest and craziest friends and always there for anyone. Saying goodbye because we Graduated was so easy compared to this...I just dont know how say goodbye and dont want to say goodbye. I will always remember how crazy, fun and full of life you were. To your family, friends, Kacey and kids, your in my heart, thoughts, and prayers I am so sorry for the loss of Jeffrey a one and only Original. Love Always, Marlena Morris

Matthew
   Posted Fri July 30, 2010
Ive been looking for the words to write but ive been so numb for the last week, I went by your grave today and talked to you and Morgan for a long time i was able to vent my anger to you and share my hurt, I know that you are in such a better place than us all but I still want you here. You are my first nephew and were my little buddy for so long and even though you grew up and are much taller than me you are still my little buddy. I remember not long after i got my license we would go riding together and listen to Lil Kim and i would make you promise not to tell mamaw and papaw that I let you listen to it. The secrets you would tell me and talk to me about i never have and never will tell a soul. Of course we had our arguments and disagreements but in the end you would always look at me and say, "I love you". I was uncle Macky for the longest time because you couldnt say matt. You always ALWAYS made me laugh so much, You hated to see anyone sad or in pain I think you felt it was your job to cheer everyone up. I keep picturing in my mind you rocking and good lord boy you loved to rock, I would offer you a chair to sit in and you would tell me, "no ill sit in the recliner i dont want to break you chair" I know all of this is random but i just wanted to put some thoughts down and most of all say I LOVE YOU LIL JEFF, you are the best nephew anyone could EVER ask for.

Matthew
   Posted Fri July 30, 2010
When we were on our way to your services yesterday i had the radio on scan and for no reason it stopped on a song that made my sorrow even greater for you... But while were were sitting in the van waiting for services to start a lone butterfly flew into my open window and landed on the dashboard i reached forward and it jumped onto my finger and sat there just so calm and peaceful until i reached out the window where it flew away. Jeffrey I know without a doubt who that butterfly was and you are so FREE... fly away lil buddy i love you!!

Matthew
   Posted Fri July 30, 2010
Smile because he Lived You can shed tears that he is gone, or you can smile because he lived, You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back, or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left. Your heart can be empty because you can't see him, or you can be full of the love that you shared, You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember him and only that he is gone, or you can cherish his memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn back, or you can do what he would want: Smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

Faith
   Posted Mon August 02, 2010
I was on my way to work on Saturday, and I had to stop by and see you and Morgan. I was so worried that I would get upset, because saying goodbye to you is still just not an option. I walked over to you both, and tears were already streaming down my face. I have so many questions, yet the answers don't really matter. I never in my life dreamed that I would have to come see you this way....and my heart just breaks over and over again every time I think of what has happened. I don't think that I will ever be at another family gathering where I don't wait for you to come, that I don't stop and listen for your laughter, that I see Nick and Natalie and wish you were there beside them. I love you, I respect you, I miss you. When I walked over to you and Morgan on Saturday, the weirdest thing happened. My tears stopped, and I sat on the ground between the two of you, and I felt the most wonderful but oddest calm sweep over me. I know you are now an angel, and I'm sure you are chasing Morgan here, there and everywhere, the two of you laughing! I like to picture Morgan wearing white, with a smear of dirt down her face, laughing as she runs, gets messy and can't stand still. I know how much you hated getting dirty, but in my minds eye, you are right beside her, running, laughing and getting dirty as well. I like to think of you as together, and I like to think of the two of you as having fun, and hopefully, looking out for all of us that are left here, loving you, and missing you!!! Until we meet again....we will ALL continue to love you, miss you and cherish all of our times together!!

Angie
   Posted Wed August 11, 2010
If Tears Could Build A Stairway If tears could build a stairway and thoughts a memory lane I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again No Farewell words were spoken No time to say good-bye You were gone before I knew it And only God knows why. My heart's still active in sadness And secret tears still flow What it meant to lose you No one can ever know. But now I know you want us To mourn for you no more To remember all the happy times Life still has much in store. Since you'll never be forgotten I pledge to you today A hallowed place within my heart Is where you'll always stay. God knows why, with chilling touch, Death gathers those we love so much, And what now seems so strange and dim, Will all be clear, when we meet Him. I Knew you for a Moment. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and remember your vibrant smile. I pray that you know how much you are missed and know how many, many lives you touched in your few short years.

Ashley
   Posted Sat August 14, 2010
Jeff i still can't believe u are gone! love and miss u!

Courtney
   Posted Fri August 27, 2010
I just want your family to know that they are in my prayers.I met Jeff while he was working with V.R.I. and he brought alot of laughter and joy to the days he was with us.Rest in Peace and may god touch your famly.

dusty
   Posted Wed November 03, 2010
when i was a kid i looked up at him and his dad they were my life lil jeff would pick me up when i was little get me out the house let me hang out with him he was more than a cosin he was like a brother rip jeff love you -dusty ryan spencer

dusty
   Posted Wed November 03, 2010
i love you jeff i will miss you i wrote you a song wish you could hear it. i play it for you when i get up there with you love you -dusty spencer

Angie & G
   Posted Tue June 30, 2015
Knew in my soul the dreaded date was fast approaching. Sometimes it seems like yesterday that you were here with us, and sometimes it seems like forever. You are always a part of our conversations and reminising of all of your antics are still fresh in our hearts and minds, we still miss you so very much. G had a dream about you the other night, so real and so sad. So many things that I wish you were here for but mostly just because we love you and life will never be the same without you in. If only we could change the events of July 25th and have our sweet, crazy Jeffrey back, if only. Loving you forever.

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