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William C. Owen SOUTHERN SHORES - William C. Owen, 63, passed away at his home in Southern Shores on June 6, 2011. Bill was born in Richmond, Va., and attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute prior to joining the U.S. Navy. He was an honor graduate of the USNTC Great Lakes, and served as an instrumentman aboard the USS Proteus. Bill was a partner and president of Seaboard Surveying and Planning of Nags Head, and some of his noteworthy projects included the move of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and setting up the Fountain Powerboats world record courses. He was president of the North Carolina Society of Surveyors in 1997, and was named Surveyor of the Year in 1998. He was a board member of the North Carolina Board of Registration for Surveyors and Engineers from 1999 to 2004, serving as chair in 2002. Bill was deeply involved in the Boy Scouts of America, most recently serving as Scoutmaster of Troop 117, Kitty Hawk, as well as Scoutmaster for the 2010 Jamboree Troop 1735. He earned his Wood Badge beads, along with numerous leadership awards, and was a member of the Blue Heron Lodge of the Order of the Arrow, the BSA Honor Society. Bill is survived by his wife of 25 years, Janet McDaniel Owen; and 16-year-old son, Zack Owen, of Southern Shores; as well as his parents, William L. Owen and Christine McDowell Owen; and brother, David L. Owen, all of Richmond; along with nephew, Davis Owen and nieces, Halley McDaniel and Natalie Gallagher. A Celebration of Life will be held at Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 11, at noon, with a reception following at the family home at 65 South Dogwood Trail in Southern Shores. The family is receiving visitors at the home in the days prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Friends of Scouting/Albemarle District, or the Southern Shores Volunteer Fire Department. Condolences to the Owen family may be expressed via the online register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services was entrusted with arrangements.

Published in The Virginian Pilot on June 9, 2011
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