Martha Knowles Ownby went to be with Jesus on Thursday, September 20, 2018

Born in Matthews, North Carolina, on November 6, 1917, she was 100 years old.

Martha was well known for having taught piano lessons to hundreds of young people and children in public schools and in her home. Through the years, she served as music director, organist, pianist and Sunday school teacher at Bolivia Baptist Church.

Preceding her in death were her husbands, Abner S. Knowles (deceased 1983) and Ray Ownby (deceased 1998). 

Survivors include her children: Stan Knowles, Larry Knowles and Barbara Knowles; her grandchildren: Glenn Knowles, Kathy Lohff, Rebecca Floyd, Andy Knowles, Nicole Toy and D’An Ball; and 15 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, October 20, at eleven o’clock in the morning at Bolivia Baptist Church with Reverend Chris Driggs officiating.

Online condolences are encouraged and may be offered at

White Funeral & Cremation Service, Bolivia/Supply Chapel.