Charles Phillip Owens, affectionately and accurately known as “Good Time Charlie” to many, passed away July 15, 2020 in West Monroe, Louisiana. Services will be held at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in West Monroe Saturday, July 18 with visitation from 2:00-4:00 PM and funeral service at 4:00 PM.
Charlie was born in Farmerville, Louisiana to Nina and C.P. Owens on March 22, 1952 at Union General Hospital. Charlie’s father worked for Shell Oil which relocated the family to Mississippi, but Charlie returned to Louisiana often for summer adventures spent with extended family. Charlie grew up attending school in Brookhaven, Mississippi. In high school he was a star athlete for the Brookhaven Panthers as a 4-sport letterman 2 years in a row lettering in Basketball, Track, Football and Baseball. He was voted Most Athletic of his senior class. Charlie was honored at the Brookhaven Touchdown Club for being Most Improved and setting a Brookhaven High School record for pass receptions with 34 catches. Upon graduation, Charlie accepted a scholarship to play football for Copiah-Lincoln Community College.
During one of his Louisiana summer adventures, Charlie’s uncle, John Owens, introduced him to a pool hall in West Monroe, O’Banion’s Recreation Center. They enjoyed a few ten-cent pool games and Charlie returned to Brookhaven with a love of the game of pool that stayed with him for the rest of his life. Charlie spent years traveling the country as a pro pool player/hustler winning numerous competitions, tournaments and titles. Charlie’s top honor was winning the 1999 International Championship for Men’s 8-ball in Las Vegas. After all his years on the road chasing titles, Charlie returned to the place where it all started, O’Banion’s and served as the manager for many years. Playing pool earned Charlie accolades and notoriety, but above all he gained life-long friends.
Charlie loved playing pool, gambling, fishing, family and friends. If he was a part of your life, he added to it. He may be remembered as the life of the party, the instigator, the cook, the fishing buddy, the hustler, the Wild Thang; how ever he’s remembered, it’s always with a smile and story.
Charlie is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his 3 siblings: brother John “Butch” Bearden (Peggy), sister Pat Herald (Don) and brother Don Owens (Lyndal). Charlie had many special people in his life, including cousin Mary Hearn and uncle John Owens and numerous other family and friends that loved and cared for him.
The Owens family would like to thank everyone for the incredible outpouring of support and love and sharing their favorite “Good Time Charlie” stories.
“We love you long time Charlie.”
Due to Covid-19 requirements, the family requests to please wear a mask to the service.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com