Funeral services for Reynolds graduate Dakota Owenby will be held Sunday at the high school.
Here is his obituary from Groce Funeral Home, which is handling the arrangements:
William “Dakota” Owenby, 21, of Fairview, North Carolina peacefully passed away Tuesday morning, September 20, 2016 at 5:10 am at Mission Hospital due to brain injuries.
Dakota has played football for A.C. Reynolds since he was 7 years old and has made many lifelong friends along the way. Dakota had many hobbies but they all centered around being with his family and friends. He would light up any room that he walked into, and he would put a smile on anyone’s face. Dakota will be very deeply missed and his legacy will go on forever.
Dakota was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather (William Parham) and is survived by: mother and father (Chris and Shelly Owenby), siblings (Christopher Metcalf, Kayla, Christy, and Karrie Owenby), grandparents (Carroll and Patricia Owenby, Dave and Frances Penland), nephews (Frankie Lipe and Steel Toney), aunts and uncles (Richard and Lisa Parham, Amy and Daniel Duveneck, Brian and Misty Owenby, Christy Cox, Amy and Neil Perkins), cousins (Kaitlyn Owenby, Samantha and Joshua Parham, Olivia Duveneck, Amber Shuler and Kinley Perkins), as well as the BO’s, 628, #DakotaStrong #12
Services will be held Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 2 pm at A.C. Reynolds High School. The service will be held in the Fine Arts Auditorium followed by a tailgate and potluck visitation. The family invites everyone to bring a dish and share their stories about our beloved Dakota. If Dakota had it his way, everyone would be wearing Pittsburgh Steelers and Reynolds colors, so that is what the family invites you to do. No need for dressing up, Dakota never liked it anyway.
Donations can be made through Dakota’s Go Fund Me page, #DakotaStrong, at https://www.gofundme.com/2pwy5twb, and food and condolences can be sent to the Owenby home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the AC Reynolds Football Scholarship Fund, which will be set up in Dakota’s name – please contact Chris St. Onge with the AC Reynolds Booster Club for more information.