James "Jim" Henry Owen, Jr.

March 17, 1938March 12, 2018
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James Henry Owen, Jr. (Jim), 79, of Matthews, NC, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 12, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was born in Salisbury, NC on March 17, 1938 to James Henry Owen, Sr. and Carrie Burns Abernathy. Known by his family and friends as a gentle, humble servant of the Lord, Jim was a loving husband, father, brother, and friend.

Jim attended Boyden High School and served proudly in the U.S. Air Force for 6 years. He cherished his 55 years of marriage to Joan Whisnant Owen, his long-time sweetheart and best friend. Jim had a sales career in the corrugated box industry and was a member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church, where he served faithfully as a Deacon and Usher. He was also a member of Matthews Masonic Lodge #461, Oasis Shriners, and the Scottish Rite. Among his favorite activities were golfing, fishing, watching sports events, and spending time with his family, especially on their annual summer beach trips.

Jim is survived by his wife Joan; son James Scott Owen of Newport Beach, CA; daughter Dawn Carol Owen of Charlotte; sisters Phyllis Peeler (Paul) of Rockwell and Tricia Neer (Fred) of Bonita Springs, FL; and brother Tony Owen of Cary.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 7200 E WT Harris Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28215 with a funeral service to follow at 11:30 a.m.

Interment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens in Mint Hill, NC.

Memorials may be made to the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas at or to Hickory Grove Baptist Church at

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  • Joan Owen, Wife
  • James Scott Owen, Son
  • Dawn Carol Owen, Daughter
  • Phyllis Peeler (Paul), Sister
  • Tricia Neer (Fred), Sister
  • Tony Owen, Brother

  • Tony Owen
  • Paul Peeler
  • Fred Neer
  • Jerry Tinsley
  • Merritt Whisnant
  • Tyndall Whisnant
  • Phillip Whisnant
  • Wesley Jones


  • Visitation Friday, March 16, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 16, 2018
  • Committal Service Friday, March 16, 2018

James "Jim" Henry Owen, Jr.

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JoAnn Hodge

March 20, 2018

Joan,Thinking of you with heartfelt sympathy. So sorry for you loss. Love and sympathy, JoAnn Hodge

Kay Gaddy

March 15, 2018

Joan, Scott and Dawn,
I'm heartbroken to hear of the passing of Jimmy. We thought so much of him and all of you. We have many memories of times spent together, especially Christmas each year.
He will always be in your heart and you will always have such fond memories of all the good times you had together.
May God wrap His loving arms around you as you grieve the loss of this wonderful man.
You have my deepest sympathy and love.

Rick Thomason

March 15, 2018

We were sorry to hear of your loss of Jim. We pray that God will console and strengthen you now and in the days ahead. You will certainly see him again but in the meantime, take refuge in your memories of the love and goodness he brought into your life and the lives of others. Obviously, he was a man who wisely embraced and served Christ.

Rick & Vickie Thomason

Nell Vea

March 15, 2018

Jack and I are so thankful that we have had the privilege of serving with Jim and Joan in the intercessory prayer ministry at Hickory Grove for several years. Just last Wednesday when I called them from the prayer room and shared a need, Jim assured me they would be praying . Later as I was talking with Joan, Jim yelled to Joan, "Ask her how Jack is doing."
Jim was a true brother in Christ. And he will surely be missed by his church family.

Patrice Patterson

March 15, 2018

Dawn, I am so sorry that that your father passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. There are no words to ease the pain ,I know how you feel having just gone through this. I just try to remember how happy he must be now and that someday we will be together again. the loss is very hard but one day you will think of him and smile.
My heart aches for you now.

Love, Patrice Patterson

Nye Allen

March 14, 2018

This message is for Dawn Owen, beloved daughter of Mr. Jim Owen. Dawn has been a great friend and co-worker at Bank of America for several years. We are deeply saddened by her loss and the loss felt by her family and friends. I did not have the pleasure of meeting Mr. Owen, but based on what I have read and on what I have witnessed from his daughter, Dawn, I know he must have been a very Godly and sweet man.

Praying that the God of all comfort will carry each of you during this time, with the reassurance that we have great hope - a hope that will not disappoint - that we will see him again one day. For he is experiencing unbelievable joy and bliss at this very moment with his Savior and Lord, even as we tarry and grieve. Blessings to each of you and may God comfort you in your sorrow.

" I have told you these things so that you will have peace of heart and mind, Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows, but cheer up, for I have overcome the world." John 16:33

"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed." Psalm 34:18

Gail and Jerry Duncan

March 13, 2018

“Mr. Jim” as I always called him was one of the sweetest people I know. We met at the Siskey YMCA about 3 years ago at the Parkinson Exercise Class. He always had to shake my hand and ask how I was doing. Sure am going to miss this special man. May you Rest In Peace, Mr. Jim. God bless your beautiful family!

Love and prayers, Jerry and Gail Duncan