James ‘Jimmy’ Owens Jr., 50, self-proclaimed comedian who enjoyed prompting laughter

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James 'Jimmy' Owens Jr.
James ‘Jimmy’ Owens Jr.

James ‘Jimmy’ Owens Jr., 50, was born May 16, 1966, to the late James ‘Poochie’ Owens Sr and Audrey Smith Owens. He died Friday, March 17, 2017.

‘Jimmy,’ as he was affectionately called, graduated from Kellam High School in 1984 and briefly attended Norfolk State University.

In 1988, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as an 11M infantryman. He served at Fort Polk, La., Fort Stewart, Ga., Baumholder, Germany, and served one tour in Saudi Arabia during The Gulf War, codenamed Operation Desert Shield, in which he was the driver for the Battalion Sergeant Major. SPC Owens earned the Good Conduct Medal First Award, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait), National Defense Service Medal, Overseas Ribbon with Number 1, and the Southwest Asia Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars.

After he was discharged from the U.S. Army, he worked several jobs until gaining employment with the City of Virginia Beach as a Tool Room Attendant. Due to health reasons, he medically retired from his city job in 2009.

Jimmy was an avid music lover and a self-proclaimed comedian. He was always the life of our family gatherings, making sure we were all entertained with songs and his jokes. He enjoyed making others smile and loved being around his family.

He was a huge sports fan and especially loved tennis, track and field and basketball. Jimmy was a loyal fan of the Washington Redskins and took several trips to JFK Stadium, often interacting with the players and cheerleaders. We will always remember Jimmy for his love for his family, and he was greatly proud of both his children.

Left to cherish his memories are one son, Jordan A. Owens, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; one daughter, Kaylin A. Owens, Naples, Fla.; mother, Audrey S. Owens, Virginia Beach; one brother, Jeffery B. Owens, Virginia Beach; four aunts, Ethel Watson and Ernestine Hairston, both of Virginia Beach, Ora Belle Williams (Garland), Chesapeake and Carolyn Harvey, Tulsa, Okla.; one uncle, Richard Smith (Katie), Houston, Texas; a special friend, Marsha Robinson; and a host of cousins, relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Beach Funeral & Cremation Services Inc., 4456 Bonney Road, Virginia Beach. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Beach Funeral & Cremation Services Inc. Interment will follow in Colonial Grove Memorial Park, 3445 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach.

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