Joe and Nita Owings, both Bibb County natives, are charter and lifetime members of Bibb County Citizens for Wildflowers, where Nita serves as co-president. They are also charter and lifetime members of the Friends of the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, where they both serve on the board. They are also members of Alabama Treasure Forest, Alabama Forestry Association, Aldridge Gardens, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, George Wood Chapter of Alabama Wildflower Society, The Nature Conservancy and the Cahaba River Society. They currently live on a longleaf pine Treasure Forest that is managed for wildlife and timber.

Joe, a graduate of Samford University, spent 40 years as a pharmacist. He has maintained his Alabama and Florida licenses for over 50 years. After retirement, Joe earned a class A-CDL and drove an 18-wheeler for 10 years. Nita, a graduate of the University of Montevallo, worked 23 years for the State of Alabama at Bibb County DHR and Alabama Medicaid Agency. Nita volunteers with Brent-Centreville Library and the Library at Brent Baptist Church.

Other community activities include Joe serving as a representative for the Resource Conservation & Development Council as well as supervisor and chairman of Bibb County Soil and Water Conservation District. He also served on the Indian Rivers Mental Health Board for 28 years, twice as president. He also served twice as president of Brent Civitan Club and was the Brierfield Fire Department’s Fireman of the Year in 2011.