Thomas Cox Owens

June 16, 1947 - June 20, 2011
Thomas Cox Owens

Thomas C. Owens, age 64, of Leland died Monday June 20, 2011 at 8:30 pm.

He was born June 16, 1947 in Whiteville, NC the son of the late Thurman Q. Owens and Flo Reid Owens and brother of the late Thurman (Tim) Q. Owens Jr.
He is survived by his sons Timothy Scott Owens, Matthew Lee Owens, Thomas Webb Owens and wife Katie Owens, William McKeithen Owens and wife Jackie Owens, two step children Sean and Kristen Halcomb, granddaughter Kensington Owens, and beloved companion Evonne Parker.

Growing up in Whiteville he attended Grace Episcopal Church, was very active in Boy Scouts and was President of his Senior class at Whiteville High School. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1970. In 1970 he began his practice of Pharmacy in High Point, NC at Anderson Drug. In 1975 he opened Rx Shoppe in Southport NC, and in 1984 opened another Rx Shoppe in Oak Island, NC. He was a founding member of The Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce serving as its President 1983-1984. He was part of the committee to establish the G.V. Barbee library in Oak Island. He always loved the people of the Southport-Oak Island area. He still missed the people he worked with during his 25 years as a pharmacist in the Southport-Oak Island area. He was later employed by Coastal Drug in Shallotte, NC.

Instead of flowers, donations may be made to St. Phillips Episcopal Church or Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

Services will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Whiteville at 11:00 am on Thursday, June 23, 2011.

His nephew Tommy Owens will be hosting visitors at his home after the services.
1101 Pinckney St., Whiteville, NC 28472.

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  • June 22, 2011
    John Gore says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with Tommy's family at this time. We grew up together and had many good times in Whiteville.

  • June 22, 2011
    Larry & Fran Cline says:
    To the family of Tom Owens: As a fellow Kappa Psi fraternity brother at UNC I will always have fond memories of Tom. Him little boy grin always made me smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Fraternally ... Larry Cline

  • June 22, 2011
    Jean Teeter says:
    We met Mr. Tom about 8 years ago,not being from this area, it was a nice surprise to have a druggist ,that went above and beyond to help,,plus such a friendly smile for all.Tom you will be surely missed here in Shallotte. To the family, May God give each the peace and understanding needed, and you're in our thoughts and prayers

  • June 22, 2011
    Don Royster says:
    Tommy was a fraternaty brother and a friend. He and I worked together at Anderson Drug when we both just got of pharmacy school. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family. His brother Don

  • June 23, 2011
    Noel Dunivant says:
    I was deeply saddened to learn of Tommy's death and regret that I'm in Boston and will be unable to attend his funeral. Tommy and I shared many memorable experiences. We attended Boy Scout outings, were all-conference guard and center on the Wolfpack teams of 63-65, and were roommates at UNC for a couple of years. We shared some great adventures. Tommy was always a good friend and a good person. His death is a loss to all of us. My sympathies to his family, Noel