Loulie Latimer Owens was born on March 8, 1912. She graduated from the Greenville Woman's College in 1935 and began a career dedicated to researching and writing about the history of Baptists in the United States, particularly in South Carolina. She was the author of many books on Baptist history, in addition to the scripts for several pageants and short films on the same topic. Owens also served as a contributing editor and monthly columnist for The Baptist Program, co-founder and secretary of the South Carolina Baptist Historical Society, and president of the Southern Baptist Historical Society.
Owens was the first Special Collections librarian at Furman University from 1961-1968. She moved to the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina in 1971, where she served as assistant manuscripts librarian until 1976. She then returned to Furman as a trustee, serving two terms from 1976-1981. Furman University awarded her an honorary doctor of letters degree in 1975.
Loulie Latimer married Ollin Jackson Owens on April 25, 1939. They had one daughter, Mary Greer Owens, on January 17, 1942. After the death of her first husband, she married Robert Pettigrew, a columnist for the Baptist Program. Loulie Latimer Owens died on January 15, 1998, and was buried in Springwood Cemetery in Greenville.