Steve “Charlie” Owens, 72, a former tennis pro, died on Thursday, April 1, at his home in Goldens Bridge. 

He was born on Oct. 11, 1948 in Citronelle, Alabama, to the late Sidney and Vera Owens. He was a graduate of the University of Alabama, where he played football and tennis, and was a devoted sports fan of his alma mater. 

After graduation, he was one of the original tennis pros at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, now IMG Academy, in Bradenton, Florida. He later moved to New York and continued his career of teaching tennis for many years, most recently at the Saw Mill Club in Mount Kisco.

Survivors include his wife, Sheelah Hyland, a step-daughter, Ashley Bilger (David), and a step-grandson, Ben, of Houston, Texas, as well as a sister, Sherry Dismukes, of Humble, Texas.  

There will be a memorial in the summer 2021, with details to be announced at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the City Parks Foundation at

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