Harry D. 'Hap' Owen Sr.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 1:00 AM
Harry D. "Hap" Owen, Sr., 94, of Madison died April 10, 2014. A memorial service was held at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home chapel April 15.
He is preceded in death by his parents, James S. Owen, Sr. and Frankie Council Owen; brothers, Frank C. Owen and James S. Owen, Jr.; and his wife of 68 years, Ruthie LaRue Owen.
Hap graduated from Central High School in Jackson, the University of Mississippi, and the Jackson School of Law. During World War II he enlisted in the Marine Corps, and in response to the need for pilots, he transferred to the US Army Air Corps and taught flying for the remainder of the war.
He began the practice of law with Green and Green; was a partner in the firm of Lumpkin, Bacon and Owen; and was General Counsel, Vice President, Executive Vice President, and President of Larco Drilling and Exploration Corporation. During the administration of Governor Bill Waller, Hap was the Executive Director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Industrial Board, the economic development agency for the State of Mississippi. He was Executive Vice President of Ergon, Inc. until his retirement.
He held memberships in American Management Association, Hinds County Bar Association, Mississippi State Bar, American Bar Association, Fellow of Mississippi Bar Foundation, Sigma Delta Kappa (legal), and Rotary Club of Jackson. Of his many honors, he was most proud of was the Honorary Master of Law Degree awarded by the Mississippi College School of Law.
He is survived by sons, Harry D. Owen, Jr. (Hilda), F. LaRue Owen (Marie); and daughters, Susan Greer (A.W.), Cindy Adams (Bill), and Melissa Wible (Danny); 12 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church, the Hap Owen Fund at Mississippi College School of Law, or the charity of your choice.