WILMINGTON — Alma Fields Owens, 91, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at Bradley Creek Health Center.
Born Sept. 15, 1928, in Greene County, she was the daughter of Blaney Washington Fields and Bessie Mae Dail Fields. She spent her childhood years in Greene County and in Wilson, where she attended school and met and married John F. Owens Jr., her childhood sweetheart and husband of 58 years.
In 1948, she was crowned Miss Wilson and competed in the Miss North Carolina pageant. With her husband, she founded Owens Electric Supply Company in Wilmington in 1969 and remained actively involved in the business until it closed in 2007. Throughout her adult life, she lovingly raised four children and a succession of beloved canine children, of which two, Finnegan and Minnie Pearl, survive her. She was to the last a true matriarch, in the best sense of the term, watching over her brood in their youthful comings and goings, and even as they matured, married and settled in other states.
She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Owens, and her husband, Bradley Wootten, of Wilmington; two sons, John F. Owens III, and his wife, Melanie, of Emmitsburg, Maryland, and Paul G. Owens, and his wife, Jackie, of Cypress, Texas; three sisters, Mary Barnes of Wilson, Joyce Warren, and her husband, Tom, of Battleboro, Pat Heath, and her husband, Ralph, of Concord; brother, James C. Fields, and his wife, Janice of Raleigh; and three grandchildren, John Thomas Owens of Emmitsburg, Maryland, and Haley and Anna Owens of Cypress, Texas. In addition to her parents, Alma was preceded in death by her husband, John F. Owens Jr.; and son, Gregory Fields Owens.
A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, at Andrews Valley Chapel, 4108 S. College Road, Wilmington. The family will receive friends at the funeral home chapel at this time. A graveside service and burial will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, at Oleander Memorial Gardens, 306 Bradley Drive, Wilmington.
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