EFFINGHAM — The body of slain soldier Sgt. Timothy Owens will be brought to Rolla, Mo., Friday. A convoy led by Rolla Patriot Guard Riders and law enforcement will escort his body, which is expected to arrive in Phelps County at approximately 3:15-3:45 p.m., according to The Rolla Daily News.
His body will then be transported to the First Baptist Church in Rolla. The funeral is set for 11 a.m. Saturday preceded by a visitation at 10 a.m. Internment with full military honors will be in Lake Springs Cemetery, according to Long-Kloeppel Funeral Home, which is handling the arrangements.
The Effingham native was one of three killed April 2 at Fort Hood, when a soldier opened fire at the base before killing himself. Owens was working on his associate's degree at the time he was killed.
Owens enlisted in the Army on June 15, 2004. He attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Okla., and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., as a Motor Transport Operator (88M).
Owens’ previous assignments included: Palletized Load System (PLS) Driver, Chauffeur, Heavy Equipment Transport (HET) Vehicle Operator, Brigade S3 Operations Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) at Fort Stewart, Ga., and a Driver in Arifjan, Kuwait. He was assigned as a Heavy Vehicle Driver and Squad Leader with the 154th Composite Truck Company (CTC), Fort Hood, Texas.
Owens was married to Billy Lynda Kaye Owens and has three children, Lorenda Veronica Owens, 17, Elizabeth Ann Rowe, 12, and Nathaniel Lane Rowe, 14. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert.
A local vigil for Owens is planned on the lawn of the Effingham County Courthouse Museum at 7 p.m. Friday. Patriot Guard Riders are planning to take part in the vigil.