Billy Owens

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LAURINBURG — Billy R. Owens, 76, of Laurinburg, passed away Oct.11, 2014 at Morrison Manor.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Hazel Ivey Owens; his daughter, Billie Owens Whited and husband Jeffrey of Macon, Georgia; his son, Steven Owens, wife Beverly, and grandson Andrew "Drew" of Macon, Georgia; his brother, Bobby Owens and wife Glenda of Wilmington; his sister, Nola Mae Smith and husband Raymond of Laurinburg.

A native of Robeson County, he served 32 years in the US Air Force with tours in Korea and Okinawa. He worked in the medical research field in San Antonio, Texas before being selected for the Bootstrap Commissioning Program. Upon completing Officer Training School he was selected for a career in the security field and began working with the Office of Special Investigations. As a special agent he ran a drug and narcotics unit, was the program security officer for the U-2 program and was Detachment Commander of the Office of Special Investigations at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia.

After retiring from the Air Force he began a 15-year civil service career as the Chief of Intelligence and Security Division at the Command Security Office which provided intelligence briefings throughout Desert Storm/Shield. He finished his career as Staff Director for the Command Security Office with the Defense Logistics Agency.

After moving to Laurinburg 11 years ago he became passionate about volunteering in the community. He first began volunteering at the hospital and then with hospice.

He was a member of the Rotary Club, Veterans Council, Republican Party, Military Retirees Association, the Laurinburg Morning Drinking Club (coffee, tea, and water), and past member of the Porch Rockers. He was past president of the Laurinburg Rotary Club, past president of Military Retirees Association, past president of Republican Party, past treasurer of State of NC Hospital Volunteer Association, past treasurer of Scotland County Hospital Volunteers, and past treasurer of the Veterans Council.

Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Saturday October 18, 2014 followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m., both at McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium.

Memorials are requested for Hospice of Scotland County, PO Box 1033, Laurinburg, NC 28353 or the First Baptist Church, PO Box 883, Laurinburg, NC 28353.

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McDougald Funeral Home & Crematorium
305 East Church Street
Laurinburg, NC 28353
(910) 276-2200
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Published in Laurinburg Exchange from Oct. 14 to Oct. 15, 2014
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