Date: February 01, 2014 06:16PM
(March 31, 1930 - January 24, 2014)
Foy Henderson Owen, age 83 of Midway, died Friday, January 24, 2014, at the Hinkle Hospice House in Lexington of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was preceded in death by his parents, Odell Henderson Owen and Alma Cross Owen, his wife of 62 years, Shirley Bishop Owen, who preceded him in death at Thanksgiving 2013, and a brother, Howard Macks Owen.
Visitation will be held at Davidson Funeral Home on Sunday, January 26, from 2 – 4 pm. A service will be held immediately following in the Davidson Chapel with Dr. Ray N. Howell III and Reverend Tommy Wilson presiding. A private burial will be held on Monday at Forest Hill Memorial Park, Lexington. At other times the family will receive friends at the home of his son, Brad Owen of Lexington.
Surviving are his siblings: Kenneth Owen, Tommy Owen and wife Loretta, Glenn Owen and wife Nancy, Doug Owen and wife Pat, Foster Owen, Kay Owen Atwell and husband James, Faye Owen Michael and Linda Owen Garwood, all of Lexington; Hazel Owen Cokerham, of High Point; and brother-in-law Don Bishop and wife Ann of Lexington. Also surviving are his children, Judy Owen-O’Dowd and husband Mike of Youngsville and Brad Owen and wife Laura of Lexington; three grandchildren Jessica Owen Jackson and husband Kevin of Lexington, Rachael Owen of Lexington and Blair Trexler of Greensboro; and two great-grandchildren, Rance and Rylan Jackson of Lexington and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Owen was born on the family farm in Davidson County in Linwood March 31, 1930, the oldest of eleven children who were actively involved in sustaining a large family farm. He attended schools in Linwood, Tyro and Lexington; graduating from Lexington High School in 1948. He served in the United States Coast Guard serving from 1950 to 1953. Mr. Owen was a charter member of Faith Missionary Alliance Church in Midway and served for many years as an active member, and as the Treasurer of the Midway Volunteer Fire Department.
While serving in the Coast Guard during the Korean War, Foy Owen became an aircraft mechanic and pilot. Following the War in 1954, he went on to join Piedmont Airlines as a mechanic. It was during this time that he attended Forsyth Technical Community College. In his early career with Piedmont, he worked as a supervisor for the engine overhaul department and in 1981 helped the Airlines develop their first APU overhaul facility where he became the facility director. In 1995, he established a second facility in Melfa, Virginia, for the airline.
While working for Piedmont Airlines, Mr. Owen worked as a technician and consultant traveling throughout the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe and China. He retired from Piedmont/US Airways in 2002 with 48 years of service. In recognition of his years of service and contributions to aviation, he was awarded the prestigious Charles Taylor Award in 2001, an honor presented to aviation mechanics with fifty years of service in aviation.
In his spare time, Foy rebuilt antique radial aircraft engines. He was a jack-of-all-trades and also enjoyed working on cars, home projects, gardening and anything mechanical. Foy shared his love for aviation during his retirement as a volunteer for The Carolinas Aviation Museum where he maintained the Piedmont Airlines DC-3; ensuring that it could fly to air shows for others to enjoy. He was also a volunteer for the NC Transportation Museum in Spencer, assisting with their Piedmont Airlines DC-3 restoration project.
Foy was a kind and giving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who, for many years, was a dedicated and devoted caregiver to his wife, Shirley. He will always be lovingly remembered for his interest in aviation and uncharted adventure. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to Hospice of Davidson County.