William Otis Ameen Sr.

October 22, 1925November 28, 2013
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William Otis Ameen, Sr., age 88, of Guilford College Road in Jamestown, passed away on November 28, 2013, after a one-month illness. He was born on Oct. 22, 1925, in Winnsboro, SC, to the late William Ameen and Maude Bagley Ameen. He is predeceased by his parents, his brothers Alfred and Joseph S. Ameen, his wife Marion Sams Ameen, and his 21-year-old cat Katie. He graduated from Mount Zion Institute in Winnsboro in 1942 and served in the United States Army Combat Engineers in the European Theater in World War II, receiving the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Belgique Croix de Guerre. Following his discharge he graduated from Clemson College in 1950 in architecture and worked at Western Electric (later AT&T) from 1950 until his retirement in 1989. As a practicing architect he designed numerous area homes, offices, and churches. He was an emeritus of the American Institute of Architects. For many years he enjoyed flying model aircraft and was a member of the Society of Antique Modelers. He is survived by his sister Leona and her husband, Albert Weigle, of Charlotte, NC, his sister-in-law, Ruth Ameen of Winnsboro, SC, his son, Dr. William O. Ameen, Jr., and wife Rosemarie of Greensboro, daughter Janet and husband Dr. D.J. Lee of Columbia, Maryland, and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice Home, 1803 Westchester, High Point, NC 27262, the Clemson University School of Architecture, Clemson, SC, or the American Humane Society. The family will be at Sechrest Funeral Service on Lexington Avenue in High Point, NC, for a visitation on Tuesday, December 3, at 6:30 PM. Please share your condolences with the family at Mr. Ameen will be cremated and his ashes interred in Winnsboro, SC, at a later date.


  • Visitation Tuesday, December 3, 2013

William Otis Ameen Sr.

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December 8, 2013

Janet and Bill,
I was sorry to read of your Dad's passing in the newspaper. I remember him fondly from the times I spent with him and the rest of the family. Please know that I've been thinking about you. Kathryn Duke, Greensboro

Jimmy Talbert

December 6, 2013

Bill , I was saddened when Mrs,Ruth told me about your Dad passing. I will miss him dearly,all the late night phone calls from Jamestown.I had really grown close to your dad over the years he was a great friend that will live in our hearts forever.You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

December 6, 2013

Bill, I just heard about your dad's passing from Ron. I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.
Linda Johnson (Siler City,NC - friend of Ron and Diane Sansing)

Nancy Fortney

December 4, 2013

Janet, I'm at Maryfield today and just saw in the Jamestown News that your Dad passed away. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Nancy Ruth

Fernanda Moreira

December 3, 2013

Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

Marlene Adams

December 3, 2013

My heart goes out to Dr Ameen and family. Will always remember Otis's beautiful smile when he would stop in for a visit. Big O was a sweet friendly man and I enjoyed visiting with him. Will miss seeing him.

Sherry Brown

December 3, 2013

My deepest condolences are with Dr. Ameen, Rose and the rest of the family. Big O will remain in my heart forever. Sure am going to miss seeing his smiling face.

Beverly LIttle

December 3, 2013

Our hearts go out to you at this time and in the days ahead. Your father was always so nice to us. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Beverly and Al Little

Trudy Williams

December 3, 2013

Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. "Big O" was a wonderful man who was loved and respected by those who knew him. May you take comfort in knowing that you are in our every prayer and thought.

Donna McLauchlin

December 3, 2013

Bill and Janet, Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
I remember loving your house on Guilford Road, and always wondering what the inside looked was so modern looking for our time and secluded behind all the trees. Now after reading that your Dad was an architect (among his many accomplishments) I see why! I know he was most proud of the son and daughter who grew up loving people, animals and nature and always giving back to the community. Love and Prayers, Donna Cheves McLauchlin