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Charles "Cliff" Owen Jr.

Charles 'Cliff' Owen Jr.

SALISBURY - Charles Clifton "Cliff" Owen Jr., 80, of Salisbury, passed away Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

Mr. Owen was born March 11, 1932, in Rowan County to the late Mary Baker Owen and Clifton Owen Sr. He graduated from Boyden High School and attended the Citadel in Charleston, S.C., and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. After graduating from UNC, he joined the U.S. Air Force and became a pilot flying K.C. 97 refueling tanker.

After retiring from the Air Force, he returned to Salisbury and became a pilot for Wagoner Construction Company and later becoming their project manager until his retirement.

Cliff had a great love for wounded and lost animals and rescued many, finding them shelter and if needed medical help. He helped many homeless people by finding them a home or a place to stay. Helping Ministries was an organization, he highly supported.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Cheryl Porter Owen.

Cliff is survived by his sister, Barbara Owen Leonard; brother Samuel Kenneth Owen and wife Barbara; a stepdaughter, Michelle "Shelly" Owen Snider; and many nieces and nephews.

A service will be held at a later date in Salisbury National Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com

Published in Salisbury Post on Dec. 6, 2012
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