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SoBo mayor receives Patrick Henry Award

On Friday, April 11, Edward Owens, Hampden-Sydney College ’80, was recognized at the Wilson Center Awards Banquet. He received the Patrick Henry Award for leadership in the public interest.

Owens is a native of South Boston who is committed to the people, the politics and the economic vitality of the community and region. 

He graduated from Halifax County Senior High School and received his Bachelor of Arts from Hampden-Sydney College. He is currently serving as mayor of the Town of South Boston. 

Owens is also a member of the board of directors for The Launch Place, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and is a trustee at Ebenezer Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.

His previous positions and accomplishments include being inducted into the Halifax County-South Boston Hall of Fame and the Hampden-Sydney Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992 for his outstanding performance in basketball; as vice mayor in South Boston, appointments to the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission (VA TICRC); and membership on the SunTrust Regional Advisory Council. 

Among others, Owens is known for his appointments to The Governor’s Advisory Commission on Minority Business Enterprise, the Halifax County Recreation Committee, chairperson of the Southside Community Services Board of Directors and the Danville Community College’s President’s Advisory Committee on Minority Affairs.

Owens is the owner of Edward Owens Agency located in the Town of Halifax. He has volunteered much of his time in various capacities to serve the community.  

He currently resides in South Boston with his wife, Dr. Nettie Simon-Owens.