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Samuel D Owens, Jr.


Senior Master Sergeant Samuel D. Owens, Jr., USAF, Retired, passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah after a brief illness.

Mr. Owens was born in Winston Salem, North Carolina and raised in Metter, Georgia. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after high school. While on active duty, Sam earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Park College.  

Mr. Owens was a retired veteran of the United States Air Force and Georgia Air National Guard having honorably served his country with over 20 years of service and achieving the rank of Senior Master Sergeant.

Sam was a dedicated servant, known for his roles as Director of Postal Services at GA Southern University from 1978-1995 and a member of the Kiwanis Club of Statesboro, GA, serving as its president in 1989. Sam also owned and operated Lanier’s Meat Processing Plant, a family run business in Metter, from 1995 until his retirement.

Sam’s legacy of dedication, service and love will live on in the hearts of all that knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents D.C. and Willa Lanier, Samuel Owens Sr., Carl Lanier (brother), Diana Crosby (sister), Harold Crosby (brother-in-law), and Carol Owens (sister).

Survived by his son Samuel Owens III (Marie), daughters Sara Owens (Grant Beeson), Lynn Owens and long time companion Diane Armacost.

Grandchildren: Jennel (Logan), Jolo (Aina), Jamie (Jim), Faye and Luis. Great grandchildren: Julia, Jia and Anaiah.

The visitation and funeral service will be held on Friday, February 23, 2024 at Anchor Worship Center in Metter, GA.

Visitation is 12 – 1pm with the funeral hour starting after 1pm.

Interment will be at Rosemary Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery with full military honors.

Kennedy Funeral Homes, Hooks Chapel, of Metter is in charge of the arrangements.

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