Owen Preston

April 2, 2008 - April 29, 2017
Owen Preston

Owen Vaughan Preston, 9, of Wilmington passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017 after a courageous 16 month battle with brain cancer.

Owen was born in Wilmington on April 2, 2008, the son of Jennifer and Brian Preston and older brother to Luke. He was a third grader at Holly Tree Elementary school and a member of Cub Scouts. He enjoyed playing soccer, jumping on the trampoline, catching frogs, drawing, and reading.

Over his short lifetime, he was able to find the good in situations and share that with others. He spent 6 weeks at the Ronald Mc Donald House of Durham where he formed deep friendships and went on to initiate several fund raisers on behalf of the RMH. He was also a huge fan of his loving team at NHRMC infusion program and looked forward to his visits.

He is survived by his parents, Jennifer Hitch Preston and Brian Charles Preston, and brother Luke of Wilmington; grandparents Margaret and Ronald Preston of New Bern; grandparents Mary Sue and John Hitch of Raleigh; Uncle Chris and Aunt Nancy Preston of Wilmington, Uncle Andy Preston and Lisa Kahl of New Bern, Uncle David Hitch and Kate Ross of Asheville, Aunt Dawa Hitch of Asheville, Uncle Bill Hitch of Asheville, and cousins Conerly, Hunter, and Taylor.

The family will receive visitors at the home on Tuesday May 2, 2017 from 5-7 PM.

A memorial service will be held at St. James Episcopal Church, Wednesday May 3, 2017 at 4 PM with reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Owen’s memory may be made to:
Ronald Mc Donald House of Durham & Wake
506 Alexander Ave
Durham, NC 27705
or
NHRMC Foundation for the Pediatric Infusion Program
at the Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital
2259 South 17th St.
Wilmington, NC 28401.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington NC 28403 910.791.9099.


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  • May 03, 2017
    Chris & Rebecca Williams says:
    We are very sorry to hear of Owen's passing. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and family.

  • May 02, 2017
    Royster CHAMBLEE says:
    Thinking of you. Love, Royster

  • May 02, 2017
    Dennis & Martha Leoni says:
    We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers for many months to come. May God bless each of you, as you travel through this time of loss and grief.

  • May 02, 2017
    Chris and Kristina Bartlett says:
    Our deepest condolences. You are in our prayers.

  • May 02, 2017
    Angela Sutton Furniss says:
    My deepest condolences and prayers to your entire family. Sincerely, Angela Sutton Furniss