Dorothy Owenby

    Dorothy “Dot” McMahan Owenby, 94, of Andrews, passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in a Murphy care facility.
    Dorothy was a native of Nantahala, but lived in Andrews most of her life. Dot worked at Berkshire Mills and Lay’s 5 & 10 throughout her life.
    She was a member of Faith Baptist Tabernacle, where she volunteered with “The Golden Girls” serving families in need.
    She was the daughter of the late Horace Judson and Esther Mashburn McMahan, and wife of the late David Lee “D.L.” Owenby Jr. She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Mantolene Ivester and an infant sister, Pauline McMahan; two brothers, J.D. McMahan and an infant brother, Kenneth McMahan; two sisters-in-law, Martha McMahan and Margie McMahan; and a brother-in-law, J.V. Ivester.
    Surviving are a son, Dick Lee Owenby and wife Shirley of Dillon, Mont.; a grandson, David Lee Owenby and wife Kelley of Erie, Colo.; a sister, Janet Cearley and husband Joe of Chatsworth, Ga.; four brothers, Manuel McMahan and Doyle McMahan, both of High Point, Dillard McMahan and wife Hildred of Topton, and James McMahan and wife Vivian of Andrews; a sister-in-law, Wanda McMahan of High Point; and many nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at Faith Baptist Tabernacle with the Revs. Wayne Morgan and Eddie Hardin officiating. The interment will be in Briartown Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Gary McMahan, John Kilpatrick, J.D. Queen, Pearly Owenby, Kenny McMahan and Mitchell Hughes.
    The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews, where the body will be until placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the services.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Dorothy “Dot” McMahan Owenby to Briartown Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Sidney May, 877 Briartown Church Road, Topton, NC 28781.
    Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews, is in charge of all arrangements.
    An online guest register is available at

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