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 02, 2017
    Cheri and Jex Artisan, Pack 206 lit a candle:
    Lit since May 2, 2017 at 5:24:17 PM

  • May 02, 2017
    Mary Healy Davis says:
    I did not know your sweet boy Owen personally. I do know that our Riley has greeted Owen with open arms. I send you Love and Peace across the miles. ❤️

  • May 02, 2017
    Donna Teague says:
    I met Owen briefly a few weeks ago as we both sat out front of the hospital in rocking chairs. He was such a precious soul. He told me how he like to make people laugh & how the guy in the cafe makes the best sandwiches. His brother randomly gave a toy car to my grandson. I had no idea my first meeting would be my last. But his joy for life & wonderful personality wil not forgotten.

  • May 02, 2017
    Connie Smith says:
    To the beloved and grieving family members for dear Owen Preston, my deepest condolences. May you find peace at this time and joy in the memories you had for your dear loved one. Please take comfort in the fact that our Great God Jehovah, knows all things and hears our prayers for relief. Psalms 119:76.

  • May 03, 2017
    Janet and Chuck Maxwell says:
    Jennifer, Brian, and Luke, We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.