Albert Randolph Owens, age 85, of Wilmington, passed away on Friday, February 15, 2019, at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter.
He was born in Smyht County, VA., on January 25, 1934, the son of the late Robert L. Owens and the late Mattie M. Williams Owens.
Albert served his country with honor and distinction as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps., during the Korean War. After the war he was a Police Officer with the Montgomery County Police, in Rockville, MD. for fourteen years. He was awarded Police Officer of the Year in 1962 for having saved lives during a gun battle. He moved to Wilmington and served as First Chief of the New Hanover Volunteer Rescue Squad. Albert then spent nineteen years working as an Industrial Mechanic for Heathcraft, until the plant closed. He continued his service to the people of New Hanover County spending nine years as a Bus Monitor before retiring in 2008.
Together with his parents he was predeceased by his wife Joanne E. Owens; brothers Robert L.Owens, Jr. of Rockville, MD. and Raymond N. Owens of Rocky Point, NC.; sisters Ruby Thompson of Gettysburg, PA., Dorothy Smith of Kennysville, MD., Mary Dashnall of Rocky Point, NC. and Betty Phelps of Burgaw, NC.
Albert is survived by his children Albert R. Owens, Jr. of Frederick, MD. and Judy Owens of Rising Sun, MD. and step-children Sandra Leser, Bonnie Hayes, Larry Southall and Terry McCloud. He is also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
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