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Obituary of Robert Franklin Owens, Sr.
Robert Franklin Owens, Sr., affectionally known as Bob, was born February 7, 1927, in Atlantic City, New Jersey to the late French Johnson and Sadie Owens. He departed this life and returned home to God on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at home in Dallas, Texas.
Robert was educated in the Atlantic City Public School System and was a retired construction laborer and member of New Jersey Building Laborers Local 415. He was a member of From the Heart Church Ministries located in Suitland, Maryland.
Robert was a World War II Veteran and Montford Point Marine. The Montford Point Marines were the first African Americans to enlist in the United States Marine Corps after President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an executive order to integrate the Marine Corps in 1941. These men courageously traveled a road that was not paved. In 2012, Robert became one of nearly 20,000 Montford Point Marines to be honored by former President Barack Obama with the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor for their commitment and bravery to help end racial segregation in the United States Military. His picture is featured along with fellow Montford Point Marines in the Military Gallery at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.
Robert was a remarkable storyteller and engaged everyone he met. He was a guest speaker at the U.S. Navy Memorial for the 19th Annual Veterans Conference & Honors Ceremony in Washington, DC and was selected to be interviewed and video archived by the American Veterans Center and the World War II Veterans Committee. He was a member of the National Montford Point Marine Association – Washington ,DC -- Chapter 6 – and lived life as a true Semper Fi – always faithful!
Robert spoke often about the goodness of God, his faith in Jesus Christ, and of the love he had for his family. He was an avid newspaper reader and news watcher and tennis fan; more specifically, a Serena Williams fan.
Robert was preceded in death by: his wife of 50 years, Rosalie Owens; son, Glenn Owens; sisters, Theresa Hope, Laura Rodriguez, Thelma Cherry, Hortense Davila, and Mildred McNair; and brothers, Louis Winfield and Martin Owens. He leaves to cherish his fond memories: five daughters, Barbara "Pudden" Banks of Silver Spring, Maryland, Joyce Owens of Pleasantville, New Jersey, Annette Owens Allen (Arthur) of Galloway, New Jersey, Charlene Owens of Bethesda, Maryland, and Denise Owens Gaillard (Kevin) of Dallas, Texas; three sons, Robert "Pete" Owens, Jr. of Pleasantville, New Jersey, Martin Owens of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and John Owens (Vanita) of Silver Spring, Maryland; two sisters, Gloria McAllister of Atlantic City, New Jersey and Doris Thomas of Pleasantville, New Jersey; eighteen grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other loving relatives and dear friends.
Funeral services will be 11AM, Friday, November 12, 2021, Second Baptist Church, 110 Dr. I. S. Cole Plaza, Atlantic City, New Jersey, where friends may call from 10AM. Interment to follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Pleasantville, New Jersey.
The Owens Family