Ivan K. Owens
1956 - 2017
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Ivan Keith Owens


Ivan Keith Owens was born on March 9, 1956 in Durham, North Carolina. He was the son of the late Mr. Lewis Nathaniel Owens and Lottye Mitchell Owens. On Tuesday, November 7th at 5:45am, Ivan peacefully departed this life bound for his heavenly home. Ivan was educated in Durham Public Schools and graduated from Durham High School in 1973. Ivan was a stellar student and his scholastic achievements granted him a partial scholarship to Howard University.

He was also a member of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church since the age of 5. He continued to be an engaged and active member throughout his life. He was a member of the Trustee Board for more than 25 years where he served in many ways including Chair. In 2014 he received a plaque for outstanding service to the Trustee Board. He was also the founder and served as President of Mt. Gilead Inc which is a nonprofit organization. He was passionate about servicing the community and led the church's efforts to purchase property in the community and work toward positive development of the surrounding area. He also loved to sing and was a member of the Young Adult Choir and then the Inspirational Voices. The choir and the church loved to hear him sing his favorite song "I don't feel no ways tired" which exemplified his belief and faith in God throughout his life despite his health challenges.

Ivan was a proud graduate of the prestigious Howard University where he received his Bachelor's of Arts in political science and minored in Business in 1977. Ivan's traveling endeavors started very early. While at Howard he interned at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration during the summer of 1976 in Islas Cisnes, Honduras. One of his most memorable experiences at Howard was his initiation into Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, Xi Chapter in 1975. Ivan's love for Howard was evident from his involvement post-graduation. He was a dedicated member of the Howard University Alumni Club of the Research Triangle and he would frequently be found on the yard at Howard Homecoming. He returned to Durham and his continued pursuit of academic excellence led him to North Carolina Central University, School of Law where he was a member of Phi Alpha Delta, Incorporated and President of 1980 Law Week. He received his JD in 1983.

Along with Mt. Gilead Baptist Church and Howard University....Kappa Alpha Psi was dear to his heart. He was a lifetime member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated. He was recognized for his commitment and service and receive an award in recognition of his dedication and continued support as a Krimson Kontributor of the Kappas of Durham Foundation, Inc. Community Center for the Kappas of Durham Foundation, Inc.

Ivan is survived by his lifelong partner and best friend, Joyce Smith. His only brother Lewis Owens, Jr and sister in law, Pamela Owens; Nieces and Nephews Lamonte Garrett (Robin), Tia Lance, Ashley Johnson, Tiffany Owens, Taylor Owens, Lance Garrett, Reese Garrett, Alexius Johnson, and Kennedy Stewart; One Godson Carl (CJ) Paschal Jr. and many other family members, fraternity brothers, and friends. We will forever celebrate the fullness of his life.

Funeral service will take place on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, beginning at 1:00 p.m. A visitation with family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service.

Scarborough & Hargett Celebration of Life Center, Inc. is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at http://www.scarboroughhargettcel ebration.com

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Published in The Herald Sun from Nov. 10 to Nov. 11, 2017.
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April 5, 2018
Rest in peace, Ivan.
Sarah Jones
January 24, 2018
Ivan, Rest In Peace.

We dared to dream of becoming business owners within our numerous business meetings, when we were young! I was the only female in our motivational sessions. I was always treated with respect, and as a valuable member. I appreciated that!

I remember Ivan, telling me; "Thank you for the Business Plan outline"! I said, what Business Plan, outline? He said: "the one you sent me in the mail"? What? I replied, show it to me, because I do not remember? He went to his file cabinet, and pulled out the Business Plan, and it had my name, and signature (as big as day) on it! lol (I was a grad student, etc.., it was all a blur for a while)

Ivan was a very good role model for me! He was kind. I complained about the Bible to him; that, it's to many Thy's, Thence's, Shalt's and Shalt-not's, every other word .. and I can't remember what I am reading! Ivan sat me down; and we discussed the Bible. He said, "I read; "The Living Bible"; perhaps that would be a better translation. It was Friday, June 2, 1989. I've been sleeping with this same Bible for the last few days; aka nights!

I had to find out like this!! I'd like to think, he directed me! Thank you Ivan, for showing me you were gone home to be with God. I will remember you fondly!
Dona Brown
November 29, 2017
My deepest sympathy is extended to the Owens family on the loss of a good man in every sense of the word. I first met Ivan in 1983 when we were selling real estate on a part time basis in Durham. From that point forward I was always impressed by Ivan's personality and intelligence. He was always measured in his tone and disposition, which made him a great communicator.

He will be missed.
Harrell (Hal) Lawson
November 28, 2017
God continued blessings for the family.
Lula Sanders
November 21, 2017
Dear Joyce you have my deepest sympathy on the the loss of your beloved Ivan. I will keep you in my prayers. "Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal"

Wendy Williams Phynes
November 14, 2017
Joyce, my heart aches with sympathy for you.
Lucille Yancey
November 13, 2017

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our condolences. thoughts, and prayers.
Curt Bandle
November 13, 2017

I was very saddened to hear this news. Such a sweet caring person, who has always taken care of you my friend. I can see the two of you at my wedding reception right now in my head. My thoughts and prayers are with you and his family.
Karen Kennedy
November 12, 2017
Joyce, I am praying for strength and encouragement for you and the family during this difficult time. Please know that I am with you in spirit. ❤
Valerie Moore
November 12, 2017
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Regina Dixon-Miller
November 11, 2017
Peace be with you my Brother.
Lawrence Campbell
November 11, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with during this difficult time.
Fred & Theodora Bradley
November 11, 2017
My condolences to Joyce and the Owens family. Keep your spirit lifted with all the good memories. God bless.
Debra Brown
November 10, 2017
My deepest condolences to Joyce, Lewis and the Owens family. May God comfort and strengthen you during this difficult time.
Teresa Robertson
November 10, 2017
We will miss your gentle spirit as you stirred at the cooking class. Mary
November 10, 2017
We will miss you.
Cynthia & CJ -Paschall
November 10, 2017
Rest in Peace good Brother.
Jasper Anstead
November 10, 2017
May the God of loving comfort and eternal hope be with the family at this very sad and difficult time.
November 10, 2017
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
November 10, 2017
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Bonnie Tripp Simmons
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