- April 3, 1923 - September 12, 2013
- Rutherfordton, North Carolina
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“When I was an Assistant DA in Charlotte, I appeared before Judge Owens on numerous occasions. He was a thoughtful judge and always very even...Read More »
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“I send my deepest sympathy to the family of Judge Owens. He was a kind, soft-spoken man and I enjoyed working with him for many years.
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“Judge Owens used to come in the Superior Court Judges office to have Orders typed or fill out forms for him, because after his retirement he was a...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Myra Cantrell - Rutherfordton, NC
“Hollis and all the Owens family have been good friends of mine and the Nanney family for many years. I will miss him and Fran. In our last phone...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Frank Nanney - Rutherfordton, NC
“It was such a pleasure to have known and worked with Judge Owens here in Rutherford County. He will always be remembered by all of us "old timers"...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Danita Bailey Sartin - Mooresboro, NC
“Rest in peace
6 of 6 | Posted by: James and Juanita Haynes - CA
Hollis M. Owens Jr., 90 of Rutherfordton passed away on September 12, 2013 at Rutherfordton Regional Medical Center. He was born in Avondale and was the son of the late Hollis M. Owens Sr. and Jessie Jenkins Owens and great grandson of Raleigh Rutherford Haynes the founder of Haynes Mills in Cliffside. He graduated in 1939 from Cliffside High School, graduated from Wofford College in 1943, served in the U.S. Army during WWII receiving the Bronze Star and Purple Heart Medal of Honor. After his army service, he graduated from Duke Law School in 1949.
After law school, he moved to Rutherfordton and served as Solicitor of the Rutherford County Recorder's Court from 1952-1956. Hollis practiced law with the firm Owens and Arledge for 28 years. Former Governor Terry Sanford asked Hollis to help create the community colleges in the state and was the driving force for Isothermal Community College to be established in Rutherford County. He served on Isothermal's first board of trustees. In 1976, Hollis served as Chief District Court Judge in the 29th district of N.C. for three years. From 1980 until his retirement in 1991, he was the Sr. Resident Superior Court Judge for the 29th judicial district which served Rutherford, Polk, Henderson, Madison, McDowell and Transylvania counties. He was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church in Rutherfordton and the Dillard Morrow Sunday School Class. While growing up, Hollis attended Avondale Methodist Church.
Hollis spent the last several years at Henderson Care Center in Forest City. He was preceded in death by his wife Frances Smith Owens. He is survived by his daughter Fran Waters of Forest City and son Chip Owens of Rutherfordton. Two brothers Andrew of Jacksonville, Florida and Charles of Murrell's Inlet S.C. and first cousin Mrs. Edith Dula of Forest City. He is also survived by a number of special nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 AM on Tuesday September 17 at First United Methodist Church in Rutherfordton. The funeral service will follow at 11 am in the church with Dr. Jack Knoespel officiating. Burial will be in the Cliffside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church 246 North Main Street Rutherfordton NC 28139 or to The Community Pet Center PO Box 623 Rutherfordton NC 28139. Online condolences may be made at www.mcmahansfuneralhome.com McMahan's Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of the arrangements.