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William C. Owens

SALISBURY - William Crawford Owens, 55, of Salisbury, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, at his residence surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Born July 12, 1955, in Cabarrus County, he was the son of the late James Louie Owens, Sr. and Margaret Gwendolyn Thomas Owens.

Mr. Owens was a 1974 graduate of South Rowan High School. He was employed by Charlotte Pipe and Foundry in Charlotte as an IT specialist for 12 years, prior to his illness.

William was a member of World Hope Worship Center for many years, serving on the church council, with children's ministry and served in many other ministries in local communities and foreign missions.

Mr. Owens was a loving husband, dad, brother and friend. He was most of all an example of what a Christian man should be to all he came in contact with, displaying his love for his Savior Jesus Christ, and living that same life each day. He had a passion for helping others with a selfless attitude, always putting others first.

William loved spending time with family and friends at church, the beach, the mountains, fishing and camping. He was an avid runner and loved the run over the Charleston Bridge.

Those left to cherish his memories are his loving wife, Ginger Lea Owens; son Matthew Owens (fiancee Mara Matthews); stepson Jeremy Hill (Jaquelyn) of Dallas, Texas; brothers James Louie Owens, Jr., of Gwinn, Mich., Michael Thomas Owens of Landis; sister Melissa Sue Sutton (Richie) of China Grove; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation and Service: Visitation is 1-3 p.m. Wednesday at Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home, China Grove, with the service to begin at 3 p.m. in the chapel of the funeral home, conducted by Pastor David Cowger of World Hope Worship Center. Entombment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Black and the entire staff of Carolina Oncology and a special thanks to Dianne, our Hospice nurse who was truly a blessing to our family.

Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home, China Grove, is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.linnhoneycuttfuneralhome.com

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Published in Salisbury Post on Aug. 17, 2010.
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August 31, 2010
Ginger, I also wanted to tell you a very special memory I have of Will. He was best man at our wedding and the week following he stayed in Charleston and kept Brandon most of the week so that Noah and I could have some honeymoon time to ourselves. He helped Noah clear the land where our house sets and spend many ours in our home here and in Charleston. One Christmas he and Matt came down, the kids were still pretty little then and we took them to cut our Christmas tree. The bound tree was opened and when it spread out it took up almost our entire living room. We all laughed so hard that we cried. It was a beautiful tree it just didn't look that big before we cut it. We spent many hours on the beach together. Will helped us move to Charleston and then he came back down and help us move home when Noah's dad got so sick. Noah and Will lived across the street from each other for years and that is where they got to know each other. I am so sorry for your loss, but please also remember Brandon and me in your prayers. We have not got to see him much since you guys got married because his priorities changed and we understand that but we want you to know that he was like my brother and he was like and uncle/godfather to Brandon and I just called and told Brandon and he is devistated. I love you and I am always here for you. 980-622-6249 704-785-9814 cinnysmom@windstream.net
Renee Ball
August 19, 2010
Ginger....I am so sorry for your loss..I hope you remember me. I am a friend of Davy"s. If you need anything don't hesitate to ask.
Shirley Hinson
August 18, 2010
Dear Owens Family, I worked with William at CPF over 10 years ago and I very well remember the first day he came to work there. He was such a fine man and caring person. He always brought me pecans to work so I could make pies for the CPF Christmas Luncheon. I was always thankful to get them. I was so sorry to get the news of his death, but he is with the Lord whom he showed so much love for. I know you all will miss him and I am glad he was a great friend of mine. It was my pleasure to have worked with Willim in the IT Dept. at CPF. My sympathy and prayers are with you as a family.
Kay Trivette
Kay Trivette
August 18, 2010
No greater love has any man than he that lay down his life for another. What an incredible example William was in living out this verse. One of the most humble and caring people you could ever hope to meet. It is a privilege to have called you friend.
Love you Brother.
Jim Strickland
August 18, 2010
Ginger and family my heart goes out to you all. He was my buddy here at cpf. He would talk and share so many things and made me see things in a different view.I feel so bless that our lives crossed pathes. He will forever be in my heart. Ginger, the day that the two of you came in here I felt the love that you both shared and will always have. There was such a glow between you too, I'll never foreget. I was so happy for you both. My love and prayer are with you all.
Pam Huntley
August 18, 2010
This makes me very sad to hear this news. It’s also a little strange for me as well, because William had crossed my mind once or twice in the last couple of weeks – just wondering what he was up to. I haven’t seen or spoken with him since he left Duke, but I still hold him as a very good friend and I’ll still miss him knowing he’s gone. Not to worry though...I plan on seeing him again some day. Prayers go out to the family.
Tim Pace
August 18, 2010
"Mr. William" you were loved and respected by many many people! What a great inspiration to all the kids at Foursquare..you will be missed by many but we all hope you know how many lives you touched and how many children loved you and looked up to you! We pray that God will surround your family with peace at this time.

Denise Burlingham
Denise Burlingham
August 18, 2010
William you showed everyone what Christ was all about. The way you loved people was the way He does!!! I pray that the Lord will surround the family at this time with much love and peace and help them walk this journey. Love and prayers, Al and Linda Jones
Linda Jones
August 18, 2010
I knew William many years ago and attended church with him when it was Salisbury Four Squares. He was such a great person and loved very much. So kind and tender always with a smile. My prayers go out to the family. William you will be greatly missed....
Teri McCall
August 17, 2010
My heart goes out to the family of a wonderful person who I knew so well so long ago. God has prepared a place for you William and you will fill it well.
Shari Shue Morris
August 17, 2010
William- he was a wonderful man. He always knew how to make any one smile no matter how down they were. I will miss him very much. I looked at him like an uncle. Even though it has been years since i have seen him he will be missed. I turn to prayer to all of the family. I just wish i could be there now to be with the family. My dearest wishes to all.
Rene Middleton Meadows
August 17, 2010
August 17, 2010
What a wonderful man, loving father & cherished friend William was. Always bringing joy & laughter with his constant smile, upbeat personality and continual joking. He will be dearly missed by all who have had the honor and privilege of knowing him.
Terie Middleton Schunck & Family
August 17, 2010
William will truely be missed,even though in our heart, we know he is in a better place with our Lord,with no more pain and suffering. He was a loving man and great friend. Our thoughts and prayer are with his family. Matt,Melissa,Josh and Alisha call us if you would like to talk. Love you guys.
Billy ,Francine and Seairra Middleton
August 17, 2010
William and I worked together at Duke Power back in the 80s, and he was a good friend...we used to carpool to work together. We lost track of each other after he transferred out of Computer Operations, but I thought of him often. He was a good man and I am so glad to read that he was so involved in his church doing the Lord's work. My sympathies to his family, he will be missed.
Michael Lambert
August 17, 2010
William, we will miss you my dear friend. Always enjoyed your jokes & laughter and will remember the fun we had growing up. You are such a great man! Love, The Brat
Traci Middleton
August 17, 2010
William was a kind man and always had a smile on his face. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this most difficult time.
Mark & Diane Davies
August 17, 2010
William will be missed even though it has been such a long time. He touched the heart of every one he came in contact with, including mine. Most important, he loved my kids and they loved him as an Uncle :) He was such a fun person to be around and always treated me with respect. Until we meet again, Sonya Harrelson Graham
Sonya Graham
August 17, 2010
William - You will truely be missed in the Duke Family - However; to absent from the body it is to be present with the Lord..see you soon in the coming of the Lord... Russell Anthony and Family
Russell Anthony
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