James Robert Owens, 86, of Van Buren died Friday, June 24, 2016, at a local hospital. He was a retired truck driver for Jones Truck Lines in Fort Smith, Army veteran of the Korean War and a Baptist.

He is survived by his wife, Theora; three daughters, Paula Chance of Lowell, Karen Walters of Van Buren and Leisha Spessard of Chester; a brother, Elvin Owens of Jacksonville, Fla.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was June 28 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial with military honors at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith.

Pallbearers were Michael Deffenbaugh, Brian and Jonathan Spessard, Robert House, Gary Dickens and Douglas Owens.