Ralph L. Owenby, Sr., 87, of Leesburg, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2019 at The Villages, Florida. Born in Asheville, NC, Ralph moved with his family to Leesburg in the early 1940s. He worked as an assistant department manager for Coca-Cola Foods Division (Minute Maid) for 32 years. A devoted husband and loving father, Ralph was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the National Rifle Association. He was an avid outdoorsman, who loved knives and guns.
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Ralph is survived by his children, Janice (Jimmy) Dempsey, of Tennessee, Debbie (Ralph) Ellam, of Leesburg, and Ralph (Janet) Owenby, Jr., of Ocala; grandchildren, Jamie (Chris) Dodd and Jason Dempsey; great-grandchildren, Sheyenne and Ella; brother, Bob Owenby, of Ocala, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Pauline Owenby and his parents, Dewey and Daisy Owenby.
A viewing will be held Monday, July 15 from 1-2 pm, with a funeral service at 2 pm at Beyers Funeral Home chapel in Leesburg. Interment will follow at Lone Oak Cemetery in Leesburg. Arrangements entrusted to Beyers Funeral Home, Leesburg. Online condolences may be left at www.beyersfuneralhome.com