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December 9, 2010

By June Mathews

Evergreen Baptist Church
Conecuh Baptist Association

Favorite Verse: Philippians 4:13
Favorite Hymn: “How Great Thou Art”
Hobbies: Reading and spending time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren
Family Status: Married to Ray for 63 years; two children, Sandra and Don; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren

Carolyn Owens loves to travel. Over the years, she and husband Ray have visited 49 of the 50 U.S. states. “We just can’t seem to get there,” she said of North Dakota, the one state they are lacking.

Q: What was your early life like?
A: My daddy was a deacon, and my mama was involved in WMU (Woman’s Missionary Union), so I was in church all the time. ... I went to Huntingdon College for two years, then went on to graduate from the University of Alabama with my bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Q: How did you come to know the Lord?
A: With my mother and daddy being so active (in church), they always took me, so it was a big part of my life. I accepted the Lord at a Thursday morning service during a revival when I was 12.

Q: How have you been involved in church through the years?
A: I served as the church librarian for a few years. I sang in the choir for a while ... . I’m now facilitator for WMU, and for 17 years, I’ve taught in an Adult I Sunday School department. Before that, I worked in the junior department for 30 years and served as general Sunday School superintendent for three years. I started our church’s bereavement and Samaritan’s Purse ministries, and I’m the [chairwoman] of both of those committees. Those are my babies.

Q: What have you gotten from that involvement?
A: Much pleasure. … The Lord has blessed [my husband and me] a great deal in our family, in our church and in our home.

Q: How do you see yourself involved in church in the future?
A: Doing the same things I’m doing right now. As long as I physically can, I’ll continue to work for the Lord.

Q: What does the Christian life mean to you?
A: I don’t know how people who do not know Christ live day to day, and I don’t know how they do without a church family. ... Thank goodness I have wonderful people to work with me (at church) and I just appreciate them; I really do.

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