Joannie Mae Owens Orfanides
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Joannie Mae Owens Orfanides, 68, of Empire, died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham.

Funeral services will be held at noon today, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, in the Bell Funeral Home Chapel in Sumiton with burial in New Canaan Cemetery. Rev. Otto Tolbert and Rev. Randy Owens will officiate. Visitation was held Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Joannie spent most of her life raising a family in Norfolk, Va. She moved to Florida to live with her daughter, Athena, and granddaughter, Jordyn, in 2011. She recently moved home to Dora to be closer to her mother and other family members. She had a natural love for animals and growing plants.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Bill Orfanides; father, Gloy Owens; and brothers, A.B. Owens and Joe Owens.

Survivors include her daughter, Athena Orfanides Petty and her husband, Ron, of Parrish, Fla.; granddaughters, Jordyn Petty of Parrish, Fla., and Ashlyn Nolff of Virginia Beach, Va.; mother, Perley Mae Harris Messick of Empire; brothers, Wyman Owens of Hayden, Don Owens of Empire, Ray Owens of Empire and Jackie Owens of Dora; sisters, Beatrice Owens Stewart, Lisa Owens and Elaine Owens Freeman; stepmother, Ruth Owens; special friends and nurses, Beverly, Dee, Katie and Joann who she loved very much; and a host of loving nieces, nephews and other relatives.

You may sign an online register or express private condolences to the family at

Bell Funeral Home, Sumiton; 205-648-6611