Owen Finnel Dudley Jr., 73, a native of Scotland Neck, N.C., died of natural causes at his home in Naples, Fla., on November 16, 2021. He was born March 5, 1948, in Tarboro, N.C.
Owen is survived by his wife, Sue Gibbons Dudley, of Naples, Fla.; his daughter, Michele D. Ward, and granddaughter, Mary-Stuart B. Ward, both of Morehead City, N.C.; his brother, George H. Dudley of Wake Forest, N.C., and George’s sons, the Rev. Howard Dudley of Dunn, N.C., and David R. Dudley of Raleigh, N.C.; his nephew, Brooks Dudley, of Raleigh; his sister-in-law, Janet B. Dudley of Atlantic Beach, N.C. Also surviving are his stepsons, Justin Gibbons of Tampa, Fla., and Ryan Gibbons of Vancouver, Wash.
Owen’s parents, Owen F. and Joan W. Dudley, and his brother, John E. Dudley, all of Scotland Neck, N.C., preceded him in death.
Owen was affable, intelligent and an insatiable consumer of history and political literature. He was a high school athletic standout and helped lead his basketball team to the state championship game. Also a gifted artist, Owen graduated from East Carolina University’s School of Art and began his career in commercial design projects. He also found a talent in the world of financial and investment management. Although a Naples resident, Owen took pride in his North Carolina roots, renovating and regularly enjoying a cottage at Atlantic Beach, where he reveled in the company of family and old friends.
A memorial celebration of Owen’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at Sunnyside Cemetery in Scotland Neck.