Mr. Roger Paul Ownby, 61

Mr. Roger Paul Ownby (Paul), age 61 of Gainesville, died at his home following a short illness.


Born January 31, 1958 Paul was raised in Roswell, Georgia. He graduated from Roswell High School in 1976, and worked for Georgia Coffee Company before joining the Roswell Fire Department. Paul devoted his life to public service, and worked his way from a volunteer fire fighter to an EMT, then a paramedic, and finally to the EMT Licensing Officer for the State of Georgia. He spent several years teaching prospective EMTs and paramedics at various colleges before retiring from the Technical College System of Georgia.


Paul enjoyed camping and traveling, and especially loved motorcycles. He loved to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon riding in North Georgia. Some of his other hobbies included wood working, studying true crime, and doing moulage makeup for EMT trainees. He also had a great sense of humor, and loved to laugh.


Paul was preceded in death by his father Omer Gene Ownby Jr, mother Delores Ownby (Sheats), and brother Scott Ownby.

He is survived by his wife Sabrina Ownby, daughter Laura Ownby (Barido), grandson Alexander Barido, brother David (Jeanne) Ownby, niece Allison (Richard) Marion, nephew Carson Ownby, special friends Jason (Katie) Abercrombie and Ryan Cagle, and several aunts, cousins, and friends.

Plans for a memorial service will be forthcoming.  Memorial Park Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Pitt-Hopkins Research Foundation in honor of Paul’s grandson Alex (


Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA  30504 is in charge of arrangements.


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Betty Harden 2019-09-06 14:16:08
My sincere condolences to Paul's Family. I remember Paul from high school, always a sweet guy. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time 🙏
Mickey Moore 2019-09-06 20:07:37
So very sorry to hear about Paul. I worked with him as an FTO.. He will be missed. Prayers for the family.
Robert Vick 2019-09-06 20:39:30
I am sorry to hear of Paul's death. I have many humorous memories of our working together.
Sue Holifield 2019-09-07 10:26:30
Sabrina my heart breaks for you and your family.I'm asking God to wrap his arms around you and comfort you and your family during this time of loss. I don't know your pain but I can only imagine the hurt and loss have your husband.I'm asking God to wrap his arms around you and comfort you during this time.
Beth Dunlap 2019-09-07 14:00:56
Sabrina, I am so sorry to hear this. Even though I haven't seen you lately, you are one of my best friends. Let me know if there is anything I can do. Beth
Natalie and michael shockley 2019-09-07 14:53:04
Paul was a wonderful man with a heart of pure gold. He was a caring friend. He will be missed so much!! His family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Joe Roshau II 2019-09-09 12:49:18
Sorry for your loss, and prayers for the family.
David Loftin 2019-09-09 21:49:35
So sorry to hear of Pauls passing. He was one of the EMS greats and always a pleasure to work with. RIP
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