Edward Abram Owens, also known as Eddie “Red Top” Owens, of Springfield, MA passed away peacefully on February 25, 2022 at the age of 81. Pre-deceased by his loving wife Eleanor Owens and beloved son Edward E. Owens, he is survived by his children: Elizabeth Daniels, Dennis Owens, Andrea Owens-Bachmann (Robert), Lisa Owens, Valerie Owens-Thomas (Demetrius) and Mary Frances Owens; grandchildren: Edward E. Owens II, Shelbi Dixon-Tobicoe (Cameron), Tristan Dixon and Devon Owens-Heywood and great-grandchildren.
Also pre-deceased by his parents William Abram and Frankie Mae Owens-Buck and three siblings William Owens, David Owens and Wannetta Thompson, he is survived by one brother Louie Owens (Mary) and four sisters: Minniett Westbrook, Jonnie M. Starnes, Mary Lou Seibles (James) and Denise Brown, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.
Eddie “Red Top” Owens is well known for his 14-year professional boxing career and is commemorated for his seven-year reign as New England Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Throughout his professional boxing career, “Red Top” traveled the world and had boxing bouts in Africa, Europe, South America, England, as well as various cities within the United States.
“Red Top” also served proudly as Deputy Sheriff with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Office where he touched numerous lives and helped many people.
Upon his retirement from the Hampden County Sheriff’s Office and during his spare time, “Red Top” especially enjoyed fishing, hunting, chopping wood and playing cards.
“Red Top” embraced the good in all people and in all things. He was adored by all who knew him. His humility, kindness, generosity and hospitality will be forever remembered. May he rest in peace and have eternal life in God’s Kingdom.
John 6:40 “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” Amen.