Cody Owen


Cody Elmer Levi Owen, 25, of Jackson County passed away unexpectedly Saturday, March 13, 2021, at Memorial Mission in Asheville.

Cody was an avid bear hunter and Razor rider. He was such a fun-loving and a big-hearted friend to everyone he came in contact with. He was always a phone call away for his family and friends. Cody would be there no matter what he was doing or the time of day.

Cody is survived by his mother, Loretta Luker (Matt Hoyle) and his father, Steven Owen (Heather Waldrop); fiancé, Maria Kirkland; stepdaughter, Clara Faith Panell; an unborn son, Wyatt Levi Cody Owen; two brothers, Dylan Reece of Sylva and Dawson Reece of Waynesville; stepbrother and stepsister, Landon and McKayla Waldrop of Sylva; grandparents, Elmer “Hop” Luker of Tuckasegee, Ann “Cookie” Luker of Sylva. He is survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.

Cody was preceded in death by his grandparents, Carmel and Pansey Owen.

Cody laid in state from 6 p.m. Friday, March 19, 2021, through 8 p.m. Saturday, March 20, 2021, at the home of his mother, Loretta, on Blanton Branch Road, Sylva.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 21, 2021, at Cedar Baptist Church, Tuckasegee, with the Rev. Jason Bryson and Rev. Travis Owen officiating.

The family received friends from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service. Burial followed at the Mathis Cemetery in Tuckasegee.

Pallbearers were Dawson Reece, Dylan Reece, Carson Shular, Johnny Akins, Josh Hair, Danny Stephens and Aaron Messer. Honorary Pallbearers were Steven Broom, Aaron English, Dustin Warren, Dalton Broom, Jeff Buchanan, Toby Brown, Jesse Ammons, Jamie Saunooke, Kevin Field, Jesse Stephens, Jacob Oakley, Nolan McIntosh, Mitch Jenkins, Doug Owen, Gary Owen, Bryan Owen, Jimbo Wilson, Eric Mathis and Ernest Franks.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory, 105 W. Main St., Franklin, NC 28734.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory served the Owen/Luker family.

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