BEAUMONT - KFDM talked with the mother and sister of the former marine.
They say even outside of the military he lived a life of service.
"I'm standing on my faith that God will help me get through this to understand that it was his call."
Shirley Owens and her family have lost the person they turned to for everything.
Timothy Owens' mother received the news when a trooper knocked at her door early this morning.
"They told us that he didn't feel anything. It was instant. I thank God for that."
Owens says her son was a good person with a heart of gold.
She proudly showed us a folder of papers and certificates celebrating his accomplishments as a marine.
"Timothy was a good, good child. I didn't have to worry about him at all. He's never been in trouble with the law when he was coming up, he never."
Timothy Owens' sister, Tacoma Bushnell, shared fond memories of her brother.
"I like his little surprise visits. His little sick sense of humor, I call it. He'll sneak up on you, open the door with the key, then say 'Whatcha doing, Whatcha doing?'"
Bushnell says her younger brother was a helper.
"He was a hard worker. He was a good brother. He was a great son to my mom. He helped her a lot."
A mother who now has to lean on her faith to ease the pain.
"It's these times you have to stand on God's words and know that everything's going to be alright. I know he's in a better place now."
From a well-behaved child, to a polished marine.
A son this proud mother calls one of a kind.
"He was just good. My baby."
Timothy Owens graduated from Central High School in 1992.
His family told KFDM he also worked at a drug rehab center and an orphanage.
Owens' mother is asking for prayers for their family and Robert Manning.
----------------------------------------------------------------------ORANGE COUNTY - by Scott Lawrence - The Texas Department of Public Safety has released the name of a Beaumont man killed in a head-on collision in Orange County.
Timothy Owens, 38, of Beaumont, died in the crash at about 5 a.m. Friday on Highway 62.
Robert Manning, 28, of Orange, is in critical condition at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth.
Troopers say Manning was driving a 2006 Chevrolet truck in the southbound lanes of Highway 62 when he veered into the northbound lanes and struck Owens' 2003 Chrysler car.
A blood specimen was taken from the driver and sent to the DPS Crime Lab for analysis, which is standard procedure in a fatal accident, according to state troopers.
The results from the blood analysis could take between four and six months.
Troopers say they'll investigate all possible factors that may have contributed to the crash.