Owen Arthur Emanuel
Mr. Owen Arthur Emanuel, 86, passed away on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, at his home.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, at First Church of Christ on East 10th Street, Washington. Ministers Ray West, Steve Hill and Dr. Johnny Pressley will be officiating. Burial will follow in Pamlico Memorial Gardens. Serving as pallbearers are grandsons Christopher Emanuel and Bryan Emanuel, nephews Donnie Daniel, Arthur Whitehead Jr., Sam Whitehead and Scott Smith. Honorary pallbearers are the Elders and Deacons of First Church, Donald Smith and Horace Miller.
Owen was born in Edgerton, Ohio, to Edward and Martha Emanuel. He graduated from Edgerton High School in 1951 and entered Cincinnati Bible Seminary where he graduated in 1955. There he met the love of his life, Inez Smith, and they were married on July 26, 1952.
Owen served as a minister in churches located in Ohio, Illinois, Virginia and North Carolina. He served as Associate Minister in Grundy, Virginia, with Clarence Greenleaf from 1962-1965. Following a ministry in Charlottesville Virginia, Owen and his family began their ministry in Winston-Salem at Shattalon Drive Church of Christ. In 1976, Owen and Inez moved to Washington and began their ministry with Tranter’s Creek Church of Christ, followed by ministries at Everett’s Church of Christ, Wilkerson Church of Christ and Christian Hope Church of Christ. Early in his career, Owen had ministries at Scranton, Fairfield, Swan Quarter, Union Grove Church of Christ and Roanoke Rapids. For a period of time, Owen had his own printing business, as well as managed The Great American Cookie Company in Greenville.
Outside his ministry, Owen was passionate about photography, music, singing and even taught piano in eastern North Carolina during the early 1960s. His love of flying and his pilot’s license remained a secret between Owen and Tim for many years.
He leaves behind his wife of 67 years, Inez Smith Emanuel; his children, Debbie Majors (Emory), of Rose Bud, Arkansas, and Tim Emanuel (Molly), of Chocowinity; grandchildren, Jennifer Juergens, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Nancy Majors, of Rogers, Arkansas, Allison Case (Aaron), of Searcy, Arkansas, Christopher Emanuel (Amy), of Chocowinity, Bryan Emanuel (Jessi), of Chocowinity. Owen had seven great-grandchildren, Claire and Carter Emanuel, Charlotte Emanuel, Jack and Avery Smith, and Riley and Evelyn Case. He is also survived by his older brother, Phillip Emanuel, of St. Charles, Missouri; younger sisters, Juanita Russell, of Butler, Indiana, and Sue Clark (Jon), of Syracuse, Indiana.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Edward and Martha Emanuel.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in the Family Life Center at First Church of Christ.
The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to caregivers Katie Davis, Bertie Williams, Judy Garrett and Linda McLain, as well as Community Home Care and Hospice staff Amy Brewer, Brooke Baynor, Essie Hedgebeth and Velva Thompson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Church of Christ Mission Rwanda Challenge, 520 East 10th St., Washington, NC 27889.
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Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Emanuel family.