Neal Owens, Jr. (SFC, USARMY Ret.), 77, passed away Monday, September 20, 2021 at home, with his son, Roger, by his side.
Neal was born July 21, 1944 to Neal Owens, Sr. and Marie (De Berry) Owens. He was a native of Little Rock, Arkansas who grew up in Benton, Kentucky. Neal was a graduate of Benton High School, Class of '62. He was a veteran of the United States Army having been drafted in 1967. Neal retired after serving 24 years with the US Army which included one tour to Vietnam. During active duty Neal was an Airborne Ranger, Drill Sergeant, Pathfinder and Air Assault Instructor. He received numerous medals, ribbons and awards during his military career, some of which included: Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3), Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm with two GS Bars, Overseas Service Ribbon (2), Combat Infantry Badge (CIB), Ranger Tab, Drill Sergeant Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1 OCC), Pathfinders Badge, German Army Marksmanship Award in Bronze and Expert (Rifle). Neal was a Master Mason, Lodge 946 in Kentucky, life member of the DAV as well as VFW Post 6602 and member of the American Legion Post 168. He was a resident of "Nealville" in Hinesville, Georgia for 30 years where he incited mischief and tomfoolery along with camaraderie and wisdom for others at the VFW (which was his favorite place to be). Neal lived under the precedence that "Everyday is a holiday and every meal is a feast". He was of the Methodist faith.
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Neal is survived by son's; Roger Owens of Hinesville and Michael Shane Owens of Kentucky; grandchildren, Lexi Nicole Owens and Brooklyn Rebecca Owens and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the Thomas L. Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Flemington. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers Neal requested that donations be made to the Wounded Warriors
Thomas L. Carter Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Published by Coastal Courier from Sep. 21 to Sep. 28, 2021.