Mar 10, 2016
USA Rice was saddened to learn of the passing of Penn Owen, a longtime Mississippi rice leader. Owen was born on August 4, 1935 in Memphis, TN, and graduated from Vanderbilt University. He is survived by his wife, Norma, their three children, and seven grandchildren.
Owen began his professional career at Union Planters National Bank in Memphis, but spent most of his life directing his family's farming operations in Tunica, MS. In addition to his work promoting the Delta region, Owen served on the USA Rice Council Board of Directors and on the International Promotion and Domestic Policy Committees.
“Penn was a visionary who helped shape the modern U.S. rice industry and was instrumental in Rice Council efforts promoting U.S. rice here and around the world,” said USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward. “He will be remembered for his commitment to rice farmers and for advocating so effectively on their behalf in Washington.”
A private graveside service will be held at Epiphany Episcopal Church in Tunica. Friends are invited to a reception from 1 to 4 p.m. March 19 at Memphis Hunt & Polo Club, 650 S Shady Grove Road, Memphis, TN 38120.
USA Rice extends heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Penn Owen.