Edward Owings Endowed Scholarship
John Edward Owings and Katherine Owings Casey established the Edward Owings Endowed Scholarship to honor their father, Edward Owings, who was graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a bachelor of science in accounting.
Edward Owings, a native of Rockwood, Roane County, Tennessee, was a veteran of World War II, volunteering for service in 1944 (1944-1946). During World War II, he was in the U. S. Navy and served on LCT #540, a Landing Craft Tank. After World War II, Mr. Owings pursued his college degree at Tennessee Polytechnic Institute (TPI) - now Tennessee Technological University (TTU). Following graduating in 1949, Mr. Owings pursued a career with Y-12 (an electromagnetic isotope separation plant producing enriched uranium with its beginnings as part of the Manhattan Project - now known as the Y-12 National Security Complex) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He accounted for nuclear materials in the Y-12 plant for nearly 40 years (1951-1991). (His first employment in Oak Ridge was at the K-25 plant in 1942 as a 15 year old where he made $5 a day. He said he "had more money than he knew what do with." Upon retirement from Y-12, he peerformed contract accounting for the nuclear industry for another 18 years. For over 60 years, Mr. Owings was a member of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM), an international professional society devoted to the safe, secure and effective stewardship of nuclear materials, serving as its secretary for a period of time. In addition, he opened his own accounting practice in his hometown of Rockwood, Tennessee in 1991 and operated that firm for over 10 years. During his distinguished career, he was first a public accountant (P.A.) and later earned a CPA. It should not go without saying that beginning in 1950 (and spanning for some 55 years), Mr. Owings also worked evenings and weekends during the "tax season" (January-April) preparing taxes to make additional money to care for his beloved ailing wife, and dearly loved mother of the donors, Elizabeth Joe Owings.
Over the years, Mr. Owings was also very active in his community and his church, being of the Baptist faith, and held a number of leadership roles in civic organizations and in local government as well as being a deacon (Ordained May, 1954) of his church. He was elected in 1964 to the Roane County Board of Education and served as an elected board member for 20 years, with 4 of those as its chairman. He was on the Roane County Vocational School Board for 4 years. He was elected to the Rockwood City Council in 1993 and served as an elected councilman for 8 years. He was on the Rockwood Electric Utility Board for 6 years and also served 4 years on the Rockwood Planning Commission. He was a member of the Rockwood Civitan Club. He became a Trustee of the Oak Grove Cemetery Association in 1993, a lifetime appointment, and served for well over 20 years as its President. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons (F&AM) Masonic Lodge #403 for over 65 years, beginning in 1949, and of American Legion Post #50 for over 70 years, beginning in 1945. He was a member of the Walden Ridge Antique Car Club for over 15 years, serving as its president for a period of time. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, antique cars and collecting license plates.
Scholarships associated with Edward Owings Endowed Scholarship