Walter "Bill" L. Owens Jr.

June 27, 1930December 29, 2018

Bill Owens, of Southport, was called to be with his beloved Lord on Saturday, December 29, 2018.

He was born June 27, 1930 the only child of Walter L. Owens and Flossie Caroline in Dillon, South Carolina. He attended school in Laurinburg, NC and served in the US Navy.

Bill worked forty years for Seaboard Railroad, later CSX, and retired as Manager of Rules and Safety in 1989. He and his wife of 67 years, Bobbie Adams Owens, moved to Southport that year and he worked at Sunny Point and later enjoyed many years as a ranger/starter at St James golf courses.

Bill loved his Savior Jesus Christ and served many churches as a deacon, usher and disaster relief coordinator. He was most recently a member of Southport Baptist. He was a 32 degree Mason of Masonic Lodge #745, as well as a Shriner and Kentucky Colonel. He volunteered many years at the US Open King Mackerel Tournament and was also Chairman of the Southport July 4th fireworks for many years. He is survived by his wife Bobbie, daughter Teresa Stainback and husband Gary of Chocowinity, NC; son Billy and wife Trisha of Conway, SC; four granddaughters, Amanda Corman and husband RJ of Hendersonville, NC, Ashley Best and wife Kim, and Holly Owens of Conway, SC and Betsy Brinson and husband Dwane of Hillsborough, NC; and four great grandchildren, Richard and Abigail Corman of Hendersonville and Callie and Owen Brinson of Hillsborough.

The family gives sincere thanks to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, the special neighbors, many friends and doctors for their care and support during his years of declining health.

A celebration of his life will be held Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm, at Southport Baptist Church, Southport, NC and condolences to the family immediately afterwards.

Please consider a donation to SECU Hospice House of Brunswick, 955 Mercy Lane, Bolivia, NC 28422 or Meals on Wheels - Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. 3620 Express Drive, Shallotte, NC 28470 in lieu of flowers.

Online condolences may be made to

Peacock - Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, North Carolina.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, January 3, 2019

Walter "Bill" L. Owens Jr.

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Linda Bailey

January 3, 2019

Thank you for your service. Rest in Peace🕇

Beverly Parker

January 2, 2019

We have good memories of staying with Bobbie and Bill when we were just getting engaged Christmas 1959. You were a very special, loving couple. You happened to be my cousin, but you both were like my friends. We were both blessed with a wonderful marriage, that lasted for us fifty eight years. Bill was a master of the grill and made us the best Barbeque chicken we had ever had.

May God bless you and your family.. With love, Beverly and Otis Parker

Danny & Bobbie Lou Alford Stuck

December 31, 2018

My parents, John & Mary Alford and sister, Brenda lived on Newbold St Raleigh, NC when I was born. Bill, Bobbie and Teresa were our neighbors across the street. I was named after Bobbie and they were dear friends of my parents. My parents had a playhouse in our backyard that was on the edge of a steep hill and Teresa owned a peddle car. My dad was at work with our family car, when I drove down the hill in the peddle car. My first remembrance of Bill; was when he drove me to the hospital to get my head stitched up. My dad always talked about how clean and shiny Bill kept his cars and the hardwood floors shining like glass.

I was fortunate to see Bill and Bobbi earlier in December and had a great visit. Bill mentioned what he remember about me living across the street and he shared his railroad memories with my husband, Danny (as his father worked with the railroad in Virginia).

The picture included is Bill, Bobbie, Teresa, my sister Brenda and me. Bill was a good Christian man and I am blessed to know this family.