William Howard Owings, 86, formerly of New Manchester, WV, passed, Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at East Liverpool City Hospital, following a brief illness.
Born, October 22, 1936, in Weirton, he was the son of the late Howard and Mildred Chambers Owings.
Bill was also preceded in death by his loving wife, Virginia L. Beebout Owings, and by his son, William David Owings, and brother, George Owings.
He graduated from New Cumberland High School and was a proud veteran of the United States Army Reserves. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from West Liberty University and a Master of Arts degree in communications from West Virginia University.
Bill retired in 1988 from Hancock County Schools where he taught history. He was a member of the Fairview Presbyterian Church in New Manchester and a member of the Masonic Lodge #22 in New Cumberland.
Bill was an avid reader, especially fond of history, and he enjoyed traveling throughout the country. National Parks were always his preferred destination. Every stop became a learning opportunity for his three children as Bill always recounted the history of a place to enrich their understanding during each visit.
He will be deeply missed by his son, Jeff Owings, and his wife Robin of Coraopolis, PA..; daughter, Alyssa Mick, and her husband Brian of New Cumberland; grandchildren, Lucas Owings and his wife Stephanie of Syracuse, NY., Clay Owings and his wife Allison of Bridgeville, PA., Emmett and Ellis Mick of New Cumberland, Madison Owings of Pittsburgh, and great-children, Morgan, Madeline and Jack Owings.
Visitation will be held at the Arner Funeral Chapel, Thursday, January 19, 2023, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. Private services will be held and the inurnment will be at New Cumberland Cemetery.
Bill was particularly fond of animals, especially those in need of a home. Stray dogs or cats usually ended up being cherished family pets; therefore, in lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Hancock County Animal Shelter, 715 Gas Valley Rd, New Cumberland, WV 26047.