The contents of those bags were sold on tables in his hometown of Scottsboro, AL. The success that followed prompted Owens to leaves his insurance job and turn his experience into a new career path.
Over the next 46 years, Owens' Unclaimed Baggage Center became a travel destination for curious bargain hunters and is the largest purchaser of unclaimed baggage and cargo in the U.S., according to a UCB news release.
Owens' sons joined the company, and in 1995, his son Bryan and wife Sharon purchased the company.
Bryan Owens said "I am humbled and yes awestruck that God gave Doyle Owens to be MY dad. Of all men, I am most blessed. I would not be the man I am today without the influence of my dad. My heart grieves but I am overwhelmingly grateful for the life we had together."
Over the years, UBC has received attention from the national media including "Oprah," "The Late Show with David Letterman," NBC "Today," The Travel Channel, CNN, The Huffington Post and The New York Times, amongst many others.
The family will receive visitors on Friday evening, Dec. 9 from 6-8 p.m. at the Scottsboro Funeral Home at 1502 County Park Road in Scottsboro. Doyle's home-going celebration will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church at 305 County Park Road in Scottsboro, followed by the burial at Cedar Hill Cemetery located near the corner of W. Willow Street and Lost Luggage Lane.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Samaritan's Purse, http://www.samaritanspurse.org/our-ministry/memorial-giving. Written condolences for the family can be sent to The Owens Family, care of Unclaimed Baggage Center, 509 W. Willow Street, Scottsboro, Alabama 35768.