Bill Owen

Saturday, June 6, 1931 - Thursday, February 6, 2020

A Friend to Everyone

Photo of Bill Owen  - 1931-2020

Canton- During the early morning hours of Thursday, February 6, 2020, our hearts were filled with sadness as Billy “Bill” Owen, age 88, a man who has touched many throughout our community with his kindness and his great devotion to his family, multitudes of friends, untold numbers of children, as well as the Town of Canton, peacefully entered his eternal glorious home.

Bill was born June 6, 1931, in Canton, North Carolina to the late Carl Owen and the late Pauline Owen. He had made his home in Haywood County all his life and together with his loving wife, Betty Kegley Owen, owned and managed Owen Exxon in Canton for 39 dedicated years. Bill was truly a man who was always well-liked, respected, and loved throughout his community.  He never failed to greet everyone with a smile and a special hello each and every day at their place of business.  As he began his second career of working for the Town of Canton, he played an important role in the town’s recreation department where he was indeed a role model for the children in our community. When his retirement from the Town of Canton approached, he was truly saddened to say goodbye to the families and “little ones” whom he kept a watchful eye upon during summer months as they visited the Canton Recreation Park.  As a member of the North Canton Fire Department, Bill faithfully volunteered his time for many years serving his community and he retired as the Assistant Chief of the fire department.   Bill was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He loved his home and he especially enjoyed sitting on his back patio and being entertained by watching the hummingbirds which frequently visited his home. He was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful father, and grandfather and his family was his pride and joy.  Bill was a genuine hometown boy and when his name was mentioned it seemed as if everyone in the town knew him and were proud to call him their friend.  He was a true southern gentleman, a man of great integrity and a man that loved his family unconditionally with the most giving heart one could ever know.  We give thanks for the life of Bill Owen and the memories that he leaves with each of us will be cherished forever.  In his memory please share a friendly smile and a warm hello with someone you meet today. Bill would like that.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Kegley Owen who passed away in 2018; his son, Gary Owen; four brothers and sisters and also a son-in-law, Dru Horton.

Surviving are his children, Sheree Horton of Canton, Lou Ann Pressley and her husband, David Pressley of Canton, and Tina Lane and her husband, Mark Lane of Simpsonville, SC; grandchildren, Chad Owen, Josh Owen, Andrew Owen, Zach Rathbone, Brett Pressley, Laurie Hall, Chloe Hall, Charleston Lane, McKenzie Lane, Kathryn Horton and Peyton Horton; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

The Owen family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff of Pigeon Valley for their extraordinary dedication, kindness, care, and love given to Bill and his entire family.

The funeral service honoring the life of Bill will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Doctor Neil Haynes will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde.

Serving as pallbearers are David Pressley, Brett Pressley, Zachary Rathbone, Mark Lane, Bruce “Bosco” Lowe, and Jimmy Flynn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials made be made to Pigeon Valley, Patient Activities, 100 Silver Bluff Village, Canton, NC 28716.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Owen family.

Condolences from family and friends

What can I say? I'm sorry just doesn't seem enough. Oh how I loved this man. We know things have to change in life but I wish we could go back to when we had Full Service Gas Stations like Owen Exxon and then go up the road and pull on the Curb at The Little Boy and have a Curbhop come bring your food. Those were the days. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of grief.
Sheri Dixon-Henson Please
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
Pisgah High Class of 1975
Mr Bill was such a sweet soul, work for him several summers at the pool. My thoughts are with the family.
Tiffany Gibson
He will be truly missed. He was well known in Canton and nice to everyone.
Audrey Worley
My deepest sympathy to all of the family. Bill will be missed by all of the residents at Pigeon Valley, as well as all of us who knew him for many years. He was a true friend to the children who came to the park in Summer months. He and Leo Cayton were partners in keeping the park well kept and the children safe. I know they are rejoicing together now, along with Bill Stamey, who trusted them to take care of the park and young people there. Good memories. God be with you girls and your families.
Juanita Dixon
So very sorry to hear this! Such a kind soul and life long friend to our family! Prayers for you all!
Gail Cooe
Oh how we all at PV misses you. Going into work will never be the same without you my sweet, kind hearted & loving friend. I’m forever grateful & blessed that god put me to help take care of you and get to know you. Fly high. To the family I’m so sorry for the loss and know how missed he will be from us at PV. Thoughts & prayers are with y’all all.
Christy King
Tina and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Such great memories of both your parents. Your Dad was always so welcoming and friendly! I am thinking of you all in this time of sorrow. Love to you all.
Kelly Galloway
"Little Bill" was an icon at the Town of Canton. You couldn't ask for a more dedicated and friendlier employee than Bill. I so enjoyed knowing him and working with him. He and Betty were a delight to know. He loved his family and was always telling me stories about his grandchildren. He treated my son as if he were his own when Patrick worked for him at the Rec. Park. May God comfort the family during this sad time. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Jackie Edwards
Jackie Edwards
Dear family I’m so sorry for your loss. I pray the God of all comfort will help you during this difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4). Jesus prayed for God’s Kingdom to come because He knew it would be able to solve all mankind’s problems even death. (Revelation 21:4,5).
Bill and Betty were such sweet neighbors to my late Mimi and Papa D, Jack and Aileen Rice. I remember visiting with Bill in recent years and he was always so proud of his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.
Logan Adams Johnston
So sorry about Bill’s passing. From the gas station to the Rec Park, Bill always took time to talk to me and my family. He was a great part of the community and will surely be missed. My parents always thought much of Bill and Betty. Prayers with each of you during this time.
Danny and Tracy Guffey
My heartfelt condolences to the family. I thought the world of Bill and have so many fond memories.
Cindy Dixon-Owen
Please know your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Bill was such a positive influence in the lives of our children, Nathaniel and Alex during the summer's they worked at the Rec. Park.Both of our children still tell "Bill stories" and smile thinking of him often.We know as a family you are so proud that Bill touched all of the young lives he did in our small town!
Mike and Cindy Smathers
To all the family, I was saddened to hear about the passing of Bill. Memories of going to Owen Exxon and getting repairs, advise or anything else you might need to know about your car was something. Bill and Betty were a wonderful part of Canton and the whole community. May God's love and kindness be with each of you and may he keep his healing hands on each of your shoulders and give you peace now and in the future.
Pam Ledford
Sheree and family : my deepest sympathy goes out to you. God bring you comfort in this difficult time.Clara’s sister. Betty jo Tim and Skye Ruff
Betty jo ruff
Sheree and Lou Ann and family, so sorry to hear about your loss of your father. Sympathy and prayers extended to you.
Kenneth Johnson
Sorry to hear of Bill's death my family had been friends with them and over 50 years again I am so sorry Gods speed to all
Randy lawrence
Sheree, Lou Ann and family; my sympathy to you all in the death of your father. I remember many good times square dancing while I was growing up in Canton and you all were part of that. I also remember a cute story. I was fortunate enough to work with Dorothy Crawford at the funeral home around 1985 before starting my career with NC Revenue. For one service, I was to drive the family car - a Cadillac at the time. A few hours before the service, it wouldn't start! Upon calling your father at the station next door in a panic, he came to the rescue - saving the day - and got the battery charged. The memory makes me smile. Through many tears and smiles, I hope you will experience God's Peace as you grieve your dad's passing and celebrate his life!
Joe Trostel
Dear Family: I am so sorry for your loss! I truly believe that Little Bill was one of few that walk this earth with a pure heart. He always greeted everyone with a smile and open heart. The Town of Canton was so lucky to have him as a business owner, employee, most importantly as a friend. I will always carry fond memories in my heart for my friend! May God bless you all during this most difficult time.
Lisa Stinnett
I would like to express my deepest sympathies to the family. Bill was a kind and generous man who will be missed by all that knew him. He loved his family and work family unconditionally. I will keep your family in my prayers during this difficult time.
Jason Burrell
Prayers are with all the family. I remember him while growing up on Ballew Street.
Tommy Tucker, Jr.