vy Owen, 73, passed away June 5, 2020 in Fort Smith, AR. He was born July 1, 1946 in Memphis, TN to Jessie Owen and Louise Vollmar Owen.
Ivy was a graduate of the University of Mississippi. He was the former Executive Director of Community and Economic Development in Holly Springs, MS, he was the Director of Economic Development for the City of Memphis and Shelby County Governments, he was Community Development and Projector Director, SunBay Resort in Hot Springs, AR, he was Community Development Coordinator for the Missisippi Band of the Choctaw Indians, Choctaw, MS, and from 2007 until his retirement in October 2019, he was Executive Director of the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority.
He was a member of the World Trade Center Organization, United Indian Development Authority, Board member of Fort Smith Symphony, Board member of Fort Smith Regional Transportation Authority, Member of University of Arkansas Fort Smith Deanís Advisory Board, Member of Fort Smith Trolley Museum Board of Directors, Member of Fort Smith Innovation and Entrepreneurial Center Board of Directors, and a member of Arkansas Economic Developers Board of Directors.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two sons, Michael Owen and his wife Angie, of Texarkana, AR, Steve Owen and his wife Tina of New Albany, MS; and four grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1:00 PM Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home Chapel.
Visitation begins at 11:30 AM Thursday.
Memorials may be made to The Wounded Warriors Project or to St Jude Children's Hospital.