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Trudie Johnson Owings
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  • St. Philip's Church
    142 Church St.
    Charleston, SC 29401

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“What a beautiful photo and what impressive accomplishments. I am so sorry for your loss and you are in our prayers. Love, The McClary Family (Scott...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Lauren McClary - Mount Pleasant, SC

“If anyone lived the belief that "friendship is an act," it was Trudie. Some of her acts were practical. She mastered the computer before the rest...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Nan Morrison - Charleston, SC

“Palmer, I am very sorry to learn of your wife's passing. I know you loved her. Please know that my prayers are with you. ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Douglas C. Brown - Columbia, SC

“Dear Palmer and all of the Owings family,We are so very sorry to learn of Trudie's passing. Please know that all of you are in our thoughts and...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Madelyn Osborn - Mount Pleasant, SC


Trudie Johnson Owings, 79, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, wife of 53 years to A. Palmer Owings, Sr., entered into eternal rest Saturday, August 22, 2020. Her Private Graveside Service will be held in St. Philip's Churchyard.
Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

Trudie was born July 29, 1941 in Charleston, South Carolina, daughter of the late Eugene Gaillard Johnson. Jr. and Mary Atmar Smith Johnson. Trudie was a graduate of Winyah High School in Georgetown, where she received many accolades including: Homecoming Queen, Miss Winyah 1958, Head Cheerleader, and Captain/MVP of the Varsity Basketball team. She went on to graduate from Saint Mary's College and George Washington University and later became an English teacher. She was a member of St. Philip's Church, the Colonial Dames, The Assembly, and a former member of the Junior League of Charleston.

She is survived by her beloved husband, A. Palmer Owings, Sr. of Mount Pleasant; two sons, A. Palmer Owings Jr. (Merritt) of Mt. Pleasant and C. Capers Owings (fiancée Susan) of Johns Island; daughter, Mary Atmar Bradley (Dan) of Mt. Pleasant; seven adored grandchildren, Palmer Owings III, Susannah Owings, Olivia Owings, Capers Owings, Jr, Liza Bradley, Ella Merritt Bradley, Will Bradley, and her brother, Dr. Eugene G. Johnson III (Betsy) of Charleston. She was predeceased by her youngest brother, William Atmar 'Billy' Johnson of Georgetown. Special thanks also given to her dedicated caregiver, Alexis Wright and life long family friend Ruth Grant.

Trudie will always be remembered for: her incredible sense of humor which earned her the nickname "Dirty Gert" by those who knew her best; her generous and caring spirit for others; her record 50 consecutive game time free throws; her love of music and creative artwork; her infectious laugh that was her trademark; and most of all for her love of hot sauces, particularly Tabasco, which she carried with her everywhere.

Memorials may be made to St. Philip's Church, 142 Church St., Charleston, SC 29401.