Richard Powell Owsley CHARLOTTE - Mr. Owsley 94, died April 17, 2013, after a short illness, at Southminster in Charlotte, NC. Mr. Owsley, known as "Dick", was born September 23, 1918, in Cleveland, OH to the late Harvey Bettertan Owsley and the late Harriet Kress Owsley. Dick's childhood was spent in the mid-west prior to attending the University of Florida. He served his country during World War II in the US Army Air Corps in the European Theater as a B-24 pilot. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal, and Purple Heart for his distinguished service. Upon returning to the states, he rejoined his father at H. B. Owsley and Son, Inc., a construction equipment distributor serving the southeast United States. Dick retired as Chairman of Owsley and Sons, Inc. He loved innovation and was proud to introduce new types of equipment to the construction industry for over 65 years. Dick is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary Ellen Michael "Mike" Owsley and three children; Richard Michael Owsley and wife Anne of Fernandina, FL, Taliaferro Reed Owsley and his wife Harriet of Kure Beach, NC and Eugenia Owsley Fowler and her husband Keith of Richmond, VA; six grandchildren, Conor H. Owsley and wife Katie of Kinston, NC, Sara Ellen Owsley of Gladstone, OR., Dr. David M. Owsley and wife Jessica of New Port Richey, FL, Daniel J. Owsley of Newnan, GA,. J. Ward Fowler and E. Kress Fowler of Richmond, VA. and seven great grandchildren. Mr. Owsley was a member of Christ Episcopal Church where he sang in the choir for many years. He also served on the Charlotte Opera board and enjoyed attending operas wherever he traveled. He also was a member of Quail Hollow Country Club where he built his home and loved to play golf. A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 10:00 am. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Memorials may be made to Southminster Foundation, 8919 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28210 or the
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Published in Charlotte Observer from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2013