August 29, 1935 ~ June 21, 2021
Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC
Charles Dexter Owen, Jr., born August 29, 1935 in Asheville, NC to Charles Dexter Owen and Catherine Aitken Owen, died peacefully, surrounded by his family on June 21, 2021.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Cary Caperton Owen, his son, William Caperton Owen, and his sister Nancy Owen Cecil.
He is survived by his wife Mary Gee MacQueen Owen, his children Anne Owen Armfield (Edward), Charles Dexter Owen, III (Eleanor), Diana Owen Harris (Joe), daughter-in-law Deborah Owen-Wilhelm (Dan), sister, Jean Owen Izard, 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
He was educated at Asheville Country Day School, the Asheville School, the Hotchkiss School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He began his textile career in 1956 working at his family blanket business, Beacon Manufacturing Company. He founded Owen Manufacturing in 1971 which became the largest single unit blanket producer in the world. Throughout his life, he was a generous community philanthropist improving the lives of many in western North Carolina. He shared his passion for the outdoors with his family and friends.
There will be a graveside celebration of Charlie’s life for all of his many friends and family at Calvary Church Yard in Fletcher, NC at 11:00 am on Friday, June 25 followed by a reception at the Biltmore Forest Country Club.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made one of Charlie’s favorite charities including: Pisgah Legal Services, pisgahlegal.org, P.O. Box 2276, Asheville, NC 28802; the Molly Fund at the Asheville Humane Society, ashevillehumane.org, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville, NC 28806; the Brevard Music Center, brevardmusic.org, 349 Andante Lane, Brevard, NC 28712.
Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.