Richard Owen


Mr. Richard Lewis Owen, 64, of Tuckasegee passed away Friday, Jan. 19, 2021, at his home.

Mr. Owen was born March 27, 1956, in Jackson County, where he was a lifelong resident, to the late John Lewis Owen and Lula Fisher Owen-Swann.

Richard worked for WNC Paving Company for many years before retiring. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and horseback riding.

Survivors include his daughter, Jessica Owen Cochran and husband Tim of Franklin, N.C.; a son, Josh Owen and his wife Cindy of Tuckasegee; a brother, Clarence Owen of Tuckasegee; two sisters, Deborah Farmer and Kelly Rich, both of Sylva; and two step-grandchildren, Mark Mintz and Cody Mintz.

A celebration of life service will be held in the spring of the year.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canada Volunteer Fire Department, 149 Charleys Creek Road, Tuckasegee, NC 28783.

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Bryant-Grant Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Owen family.