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Grover Lee Owens Sr.

Grover Lee Owens Sr.

Grover Lee Owens Sr., 78, of Deltaville, died at home on March 27, 2014. Grover Lee, a retired master carpenter boat builder, passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Grover Lee was the son of the late Dolson and Ethel Owens, originally from Mathews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Stanford T. Owens; a sister, Joycelyn Brown; his wife, Mary S. Owens; and three grandsons, Grover Lee Owens III, Kevin Lee Owens, and Brandon Lee Owens. 

He is survived by two daughters, Theresa H. Gray of Saluda and Lynne Morgan, two sons, Grover Lee Owens Jr. and Bobby Owens, and a stepdaughter, Betty Lou Hudgins, all of Mathews. Grover Lee also is survived by five grandchildren, one step-grandson, four great-grandchildren and one step-great-granddaughter. In addition to his family, Grover Lee leaves behind Selena Gray, mother of his children; special friend, Doris H. Norton; and other extended family. 

Grover Lee began building Chesapeake Bay deadrise boats in 1966 and continued his passion of boat building until 1997 when he completed his last 42’ workboat destined for crabbing. Over the years, Grover Lee built over 115 boats having no use for plans or formal drawings. In addition to boat building, Grover Lee loved horses and harness racing, building houses, and cabinets. One of his special furniture projects was a wooden conference table currently on display at the Pentagon.

Grover Lee retired from James River Reserve Fleet in 1999 after 14 years of service. He was a member of Zoar Baptist Church and member of the Donavon Masonic Lodge #75 in Deltaville. Grover Lee will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A celebration of Grover Lee’s life will be held on Tuesday, April 8, at 11 a.m. at Zoar Baptist Church, Deltaville. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Deltaville Maritime Museum, P.O. Box 466, or Zoar Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1010, both of Deltaville, VA 23043. 

posted 04.04.2014

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