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Monterio Juan Outen, earned his wings on Friday, February 8, 2019 in Lillington, NC.  He was born in Gaston County on August 1, 1959 to the late Robert S. Outen and Louise Smith Outen.  

He graduated from Hunter Huss High School (1977) in Gastonia, NC.  Several summers with his siblings and cousins were spent in Spartanburg, SC at the peach orchard.  Juan resided in Fayetteville, NC where he was a committed maintenance worker and spent 4 years with Vander Service Center and most recently over 16 years with MLG Services where he traveled to several states. Florida (Miami and The Keys) was his favorite location to visit with work.  Juan affectionately enjoyed nature and often acknowledged the beauty of the clouds, peacefulness of animals and enjoyed planting gardens.  He had an eclectic love of music and could even be seen grooving to the rhythms on special occasions.  Juan is described as “intelligent, articulate, charismatic, lovable and philosophical” by those closest to him.  Morning coffee, a newspaper and physical activity were part of his daily routine.  Juan dedicated his life to God and he understood the value of love as evidenced in conversations discussing the Creator’s miracles.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Robert Outen, Jr. and infant son: Darryl Juan Partlow. Juan is survived by his three sons, Samario Wallace of Gastonia, NC; Monterio Wilkins (Serina) of Spartanberg, SC, and Colin Wilkins (Chasity) of Spartanburg SC; one daughter, Valerie Haywood of Cary, NC; his six grandchildren: Chloe Haywood, Destiny Wilkins, Colin Wilkins Jr, Seriah Wilkins, Chloe Wilkins and Caylee Wilkins; brothers: Arvelle B. Outen (Sandy) of Gastonia, NC and Cedric Outen (Cynthia) of Fayetteville, NC and sisters: Valeria O. Wright (James) of Mt. Holly, NC; Vivyette O. Black (Barney) of Greenville, SC; Valencia Outen of Gastonia, NC and Bakita Smith of Auburn, WA; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral: Friday; February 15, 2019; 1:00 p.m.; Gregory Funeral Service Chapel-601 N. York Street, Gastonia

Visitation: thirty minutes before the service at the chapel

Interment: Armstrong Cemetery, Gastonia

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  • Monday, February 11, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Gregory Funeral Service
  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    GONE BUT YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN LOVE YOU AND GONNA MISS YOU MY FRIEND.
    ~ AMANDA MCNEILL   FAYETTEVILLE, NC
  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    GONNA MISS YOU LOVE YOU
    ~ JUNE WHITTED   FAYETTEVILLE, NC
  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND.LOVE AND GONNA MISS YOU
    ~ BETTY MCNEILL   FAYETTEVILLE, NC
  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND
    ~ ROBIN OSBORNE   FAYETTEVILLE, NC
  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    GONE BUT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!! I WILL NEVER FORGET YOUR SMILE AND KIND WORDS. YOU WILL TRULY BE MISSED! MY CONDOLENCES TO YOUR FAMILY. RIP MY FRIEND!!
    ~ RAESHONDA COTTINGHAM   FAYETTEVILLE, NC
  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    John, John, John...…..No more argueing, no more fussing no more long philosophical discussions with you now sir. For people who knew each other for only 22 years it seems like we knew each other forever. You will be GREATLY missed and always loved sir. And you will forever remain in my heart as an undeniable Great part of my life. Knowing that you are safe in HIS arms is a great consolation though sir. Missing you...…...Marcus...… As the song says that you loved so much...…. "We've got to keep moving on". Speedy Journey my friend.
    ~ MARCUS LEVERNE GILMORE   FAYETTEVILLE
  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    To the Outen Family, you all are in my heart and prayers. RIP Monterio, Love Auntie Thomasina & William Sumter Family
    ~ Thomasina Sumter   COLUMBIA
  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    I never got to meet you in person, cousin. May you rest in peace and have wonderful journey. God bless you.
    ~ Shirley Fletcher   Columbia, SC
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019
    We're so sorry to hear you are suffering the loss of your dear loved one. May you find strength and some comfort in the words found in Psalms 9:9, which reads: “Jehovah will become a secure refuge for the oppressed, A secure refuge in times of distress.” Our loving God cares about us and is ready to bring us comfort if we allow him (1John 5:14). He also has made the provision of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored into a beautiful paradise (Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55:11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your dear loved one? Find out more about this resurrection online at JW.ORG
    ~ R&R Lopez