There is a wonderful legacy
Of which we wish to tell.
About a wonderful lady
Her strength lives within
And grows stronger each day.
Her honor still lingers,
Though her life has slipped away.
We miss the sound of her laughter
We miss hearing her say,
“I Love You”
We miss her gentle teachings
And her glowing presence.
She fought a good battle
Then gave up the fight
To Rest in Arms of Jesus
What a beautiful sight.
In Our Hearts Her Memory
Will always stay
Nothing could ever take
Her Remembrance Away.
On July 28, 1948, Floyd and Mavis Owens welcomed into this world the first of their eleven children. They would call her Barbara Ann Owens. Barbara was reared in Tulsa, Oklahoma and she was educated in Tulsa Public Schools. After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School in 1967, she attended Job Corps in McKinney, Texas.
Knowing that her heart belonged to Jesus at an early age, Barbara united her heart and soul with Pentecostal Temple C.O.G.I.C. She later joined Ambassador Christian Church and Miracle Baptist Church. As a member, she served on the Usher Board, the Trustee Board, the Kitchen Ministry and the Women’s Ministry. Lastly, she was a faithful active member of St. John’s Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Rex Woodfork. Where she served as a member of the Usher Board.
Believing in hard work, Barbara worked for three different companies in her life; she worked for Family Planning Services for 12 years, St. John’s Medical Center for 4 years and retired from HILTI in 2004, after 25 years of service.
Barbara met and married Mr. Jimmy L. Cumby. They loved each other very much and on July 21, 1994 they were joined in holy matrimony. Although no children were born to this union, they were joined as a blended family and shared three beautiful children together, Tinesha, Michelle and Lamar. Jimmy and Barbara’s love story lasted for more than forty-five years together.
Being very active in the Tulsa community, Barbara was the Grand Matron of the Heroines of Jericho, the Assistant Deputy of (HOJ) District One (E.E. Bird), Eastern Star, being the Mistress of Ceremonies for various events, public speaking, traveling and spending time with family.
Waiting at Heaven’s gate with opened arms will be her father, Floyd Owens; brother, Orvelester Owens; Father and Mother-in-law, Bill and Sal Cumby;Brother-in-law, Leonard Cumby and grandson, Nickalas Wilridge.
Cherishing her memory, husband, Jimmy L. Cumby; children, Tinesha (Kirk) L. Owens-Wilridge of Texas, Michelle (Ephraim) Penn of California and Lamar (Tosha) Thompson of Tulsa, mother, Mavis Owens; Grandchildren, Tyler Wilridge, Resha Thompson-Wade, all of Houston, Texas; Toyia Thompson of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Destin Penn, Genelle Penn, Trinity Penn, and Devin Penn all of California. Great grandchildren, Bryson Thompson and Koby Thompson. Siblings, Marsha (Bobby) Moore, Charles Owens, Carolyn (Larry) Ingram, Dwight (Ruth) Owens, Maurice (Elanie) Owens, Angela (Ricky) Williams, Jackie (Vearl) Tolbert, Shelia (Darryl) Owens-Pete and Michael Owens. Best Friends Cheryl and Ervin Love; Assistant- Jennifer and her beloved cat, Carrie; along with a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services will 10:00am Saturday June 1, 2019 St. John Baptist Church 1802 North Truce St. Tulsa, Oklahoma 74106. Burial will follow Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Skiatook, Oklahoma.
Visitation will be Friday 3:00pm til 8:00pm Butler-Stumpff & Dyer Funeral Home. “When caring truly matters, DYER cares.” 918-425-5549