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Ernest S. Owen

April 29, 1933 — October 18, 2022


Ernest “Stanley” Owen, 89, of Fayetteville, N.C., met his Creator, and was reunited with the love of his life, Mary, in heaven on October 18, 2022.

Stanley lived a full, joyful life and passed away peacefully after a very recent Lymphoma diagnosis.  He was born on April 29, 1933, to the late Ernest and Catherine Owen. In addition to his late wife, Mary Dix Owen, he was also preceded in death by his in-laws Lizzie and Johnny Dix, brother-in-law Don Cain, sister-in-law Bobbie Eastwood, brother-in-law Edward Dix, and son-in-law Bill Bryant.

Stanley was blessed with two children, whom he adored with every ounce of his heart - Konie Bryant Clark (Ken) of Dothan, AL; and Tim Owen (Shay) of Fayetteville, NC; four beautiful grandchildren – Justin Bryant (Lindsay) of Birmingham, AL; Jessica Sciacca (Ryan) of Birmingham, AL; Jarod Bryant (Elena) of Okinawa, Japan; and Jenna Bryant of Agoura Hills, CA; seven precious great-grandchildren, and many “bonus” grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well. He is also survived by his sister Sara Lou Cashwell (Bernard) of Vander, NC.

Stanley was born in Vander, NC, where he graduated from Stedman High School in the class of 1951. He went on to actively serve in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956.  Stanley graduated from North Carolina State University in 1961. He worked for Ramsey Feed Co in Rose Hill, NC. before finally fulfilling his dream of opening Owen Garden Center in Fayetteville. 

Stanley poured his heart and soul into Owen Garden Center, and it served as more than just a place to buy beautiful plants and flowers.  Guests visited Owen Garden Center to enjoy the fresh roasted peanuts or have a nice chat with “Mr. Stanley” or “Mrs. Mary.”  Generation after generation had family traditions of visiting Owen Garden Center to pick out their Christmas tree and have Mr. Stanley personally deliver it to them. Owen Garden Center was exactly what Mr. Stanley wanted it to be - a warm, kind, safe, loving place for people to come chat or create beauty. 

Those who knew Stanley well, knew he loved the Lord above all else, and his wife and kids right behind God.  He was a charter member of Village Baptist Church where, over the years, he served as a Deacon, Sunday school teacher, was on various committees and joyfully sang all his favorite hymns.  He loved to take long drives through the country, where time stopped, and he could reminisce on “the good ole days.”  He enjoyed a good hot dog, sweet potato, and some homemade tea. He was an avid gardener, and always took time to admire God’s beauty in all things.  Stanley was always smiling and telling jokes, as he had a natural wit to him. He was kind to everyone, and regularly befriended some of the homeless community, helping them find food, clothes and some even became employees at Owen Garden Center. 

Konie and Tim remember their dad as one of the most selfless men they know, as he cared for their mother in the most gentle, kind and loving way throughout her lifetime.  He was their greatest cheerleader and comforter, and always knew the right thing to say.  Stanley’s grandkids remember him as one of the most Godly men they knew, who taught them to praise the Lord.  They remember him teaching them to enjoy every little moment, whether that meant climbing in the big oak tree out front or getting out a ladder and letting them walk on the roof of his house for a thrill.  He was always ready to laugh, play, and pray with them.

Stanley had the sweetest group of friends who loved him like family.  Many he is now reunited with in Heaven where they are likely eating Friday night seafood or having sardine parties.  Whether his family, friends, or strangers, Stanley lived out the verse, Matthew 25:35-40.

A visitation will take place at Village Baptist Church in Fayetteville, NC, on Sunday, October 23, from 2-3pm, followed by a memorial service at 3pm to celebrate his life.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Baptist Children’s Home of North Carolina, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361 or Village Baptist Church, 906 S. McPherson Church Road, Fayetteville, NC 28303.

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