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Deputy Sheriff Phil Owens

Wake County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, October 2, 2003

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Phil Owens

Deputy Sheriff Owens,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Wake County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 2, 2023

Daddy I miss you so much! I will be celebrating my 30th birthday next Wednesday & I am just wishing you would be here to celebrate it with me. But I know that you will be with me in spirit. I love you more than you could ever know!

Dad look here. Picture me rolling boy picture me rolling!



February 1, 2023

My Bud/ My Heart/ My Forever, I always think about you. These past few days have been so heavy. I need you to keep watching over your Babygirl who is almost 30(WOW) and your one and only Grand almost four. She knows exactly who you are, amazing. I hope that I've made you proud with these two. Please keep watching over us and your LEO Family.
As your birthday is approaching we will, as always honor you on that day. Please hug Momma Pat Tucker for me and all my love ones. It has been been tough lately but your cologne I smell reminds me that you are still holding my hand.

Forever in my heart!

Anitra Howard Owens Wilson

August 21, 2022

RIP sir, you will never be forgotten.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

August 18, 2022

It's been a while my brother but never have a day gone by you're not thought about. We have lost another great brother to senseless violence and I'm asking you Frank and Mark to take this young man in and let him know all is well. I can't believe we're closing in on 20 years since your passing. You're always in my thoughts and I'm prayerful your family is making you proud as you watch from above.

Master Deputy D.L Smith
Wake County Sheriff's Office
US Army Veteran (Sgt)
Peace to those who serve daily
& ultimately sacrifice their lives 4 all.

August 13, 2022

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Owens.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 12, 2022

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

October 2, 2020

I am missing you like crazy that is the first thing you should know. Secondly I am having a baby girl! Her name is Ya’Keema Nicole she will be here in October. I wish you were here to see all of this. Your baby girl has officially grown up. I already know if you were here Ya’Keema would definitely be spoiled & would be blessed to have you as her gpa. Even though you aren’t here physically she will definitely know about you & know how great of a gpa you would’ve been to her. Please continue to watch over us. I love you forever & always dad!

Forever daddy’s little girl


June 20, 2018

I am extremely happy that we have a babygirl (Ya'Keema Nicole) do to arrive in October. I'm elated and know you would have been the best GPa.
Please continue to watch over your baby she miss you so much.

You know somehow I must get your grandaddy a cruiser, badge, and uniform to represent you.

We love you and forever in our heart.

Anitra Owens Wilson

June 3, 2018

Thought about you today.

Sgt. RG Milar
Wake County SO

October 30, 2017

Happy 48th Birthday to you Bud. I love and miss you! Forever in my heart you'll always be. BabyGirl and I will sit under a tree and make a special toast for you today.

Anitra Owens Wilson

September 4, 2017

Thinking about you!


Anitra Owens-Wilson

December 16, 2014

Thinking of you this weekend, Classmate! As the Class of 89 comes together for our 25th reunion, your presence will indeed be missed. Phil, you are gone but you are certainly not forgotten, my friend!

Latonja Boykin Thompson
High School Classmate

October 3, 2014

Bud, It has been 11 years today that you transitioned to patrol in heaven. This has been a rough 2 weeks with the passing of close family members and then the situation with Aunt, your buddy. I am still trying to be that tough cookie but it is hard. BabyGirl, started her training on Monday. She still gets her way when calling your name. We know its the FAVOR of God.

You are missed and I know heaven can't keep any turkey legs now.

Forever in my heart!

Anitra Owens Wilson

October 2, 2014

It has been 11 years since that day we lost a true credit to the citizens of Wake County. To those that knew him closely know he was a true friend that didn't say much, but showed his love for others through his actions. I not only lost a coworker, fraternity brother, and friend, but we all lost a shining star in law enforcement that traded his watch to eternity in heaven. Rest peacefully my Brother till we meet again !!!

Sgt. David Smith (Retired)
Wake County Sheriff's Office. B Platoon

October 1, 2014

Happy 45th Birthday Bud! BabyGirl and I had a little treat and made a video for you on Facebook. I know you stop by a shade trade today and enjoyed your moment.

Forever in my heart!

Anitra Owens Wilson

September 5, 2014

Hey daddy,
It's been awhile since I wrote on here. I just want to say that I miss you so much & I love you. Can you believe your baby girl is 21? Well I'm not a baby anymore but I will always your baby, daddy's girl, etc. not a day goes by that I don't think about you. I'll be graduating college soon I'm so happy. I wish you could be here to see all the things I've done but I know that you are here in spirit. Losing you was the worst thing I could ever go through. Every time I watch dirty dancing I think about the very end of the movie when they do their dance & the left it always makes me smile. I would do anything to have you back. But I know that you are in a better place. Continue to look out for me & mommy. I love you daddy!
Love always Tooda :)

Shontoya Howard

April 2, 2014

Hello Deputy Owens. We the Battle of the Badges Law Enforcement Basketball Tournament will be honoring you at our tournament in Raleigh in July. May u rest my brother.. You will never be forgotten...

Master Officer Jerome Hall
Wake County Sheriff Office

June 3, 2013

Bud, Now that my baby sister is up in Heaven with you, please make sure you patrol her lane daily. Take care of her for me. I need you both to help me get through this difficult time. I'm so grateful she can walk around ALL day and not get tired.
Your baby girl is preparing to transfer in Jan to MTU. Phyllis Stephenson has family there so hopefully they will make sure she's ok.
Know that I miss you and don't forget to take care of my sister.

Anitra Owens Wilson

April 22, 2012

I pray God's blessings over your family and especially your daughter who I see is going to college soon:) Thank you for your service and your willingness to protect.

Danita Manley
Wife of an officer

October 13, 2011

Bud, I dedicate this entire week to you. Every day, I will do something in your honor. On Sunday, I saw you fly by me on my way to the car as soon as I said, "Happy 42nd Birthday Bud." You still seem to amaze me.
Continue to protect our baby as she prepare to start back driving and while in school, chasing after her dream. I am so proud of her in numerous areas and I know you are.

Missing you!

Anitra Owens Wilson

September 7, 2011

hey dad, i really cant believe that i am officially done with high school. its so hard to believe right? i know it is, i still cant believe it. now its off to college :) only if you were here to see me. but i know that you have been by my side this whole time. && i want to thank you dad. not a day go by && i dont think about you. i still have my moments from time to time && i always will that will never change. i know you are so proud of me. just wish i was able to get one last hug & one last i love you but never a goodbye always a see you later. because one day i will see you again. as im sitting here writing this i am looking at the bear with your picture on it. i sleep with it every night its coming with me to college , i feel like when i have that bear beside me in my heart && mind i know that i am safe. dad your baby girl has grown up to be a beautiful young lady. even though i have tears running down my face right now i know that they are happy tears. i love you && miss you so much dad always && forever...
Love, Tooda
B744 :))))


June 7, 2011



Shontoya "Tooda" Howard

December 25, 2010

Bud, Thank you for wrapping your arms around Babygirl on 5/15/2010. When I received that call from her my heart dropped, I became so weak and I was afraid to go out on the scene.
God kept her here for a reason and I am so grateful. I need you to help her cope with everything that she has to face. We trust and believe God that he will work all things out.

Much Love!


June 13, 2010

Bud, I was reading the last post and realize I had some grammar errors, please forgive me.
Babygirl received her class ring last week. Shortly, she will be off to college. I continue to try and fill all the dreams I know you had for her.

Keep patroling and don't be under that shade tree.


April 14, 2010

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