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Laurel Springs Cemetery

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Marion Baptist Church
Saturday December 16th, 2017
11:00am - 12:00pm

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Marion Baptist Church
Saturday December 16th, 2017
12:00pm

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William Fred Fowler

MARION, Va. William Fred Fowler, age 93, died Sunday, December 10, 2017 at Durham VA Medical Center, Durham, N.C. He was born September 11, 1924 in Seven-Mile-Ford, Va. to the late Mac. C. and Susie Anderson Fowler. Fred almost always could be found wearing a smile with a friendly hello to just about everyone he came in contact with. He was faithful to his God, his family and his country. Fred was an active and long-time member of Marion Baptist Church. He and his wife never had children of their own; however, the many nieces and nephews were the absolute joy of their lives. Mr. Fowler served in the United States Army, Infantry Division during World War II. He was a prisoner of war in Germany during his World War II service and was the recipient of the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He was a proud member of Marion VFW Post #4667. Fred moved to Miami, Florida, in 1957 and started his 32 year career with National Airlines /Pan American Airlines, until his retirement and return to Marion in 1989. Fred was a true hero, friend, and bright spot in his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Gray Bales Fowler; brothers, George W., Joe, and Paul Fowler; sisters, Ruby Fowler Haulsee and Becky Pack. He was a cherished uncle and great-uncle to Nanette, Mark, Grant and Delane Smith; Dianne Fannin, David Scott and family; Monnie, Jay, Ethan, and Jacob Richardson. Also surviving is a special friend, Eva Barton. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 12 noon at Marion Baptist Church with Dr. Charles Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in Laurel Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery with Military Rites conducted by Francis Marion VFW Post #4667. The family will receive friends Saturday from 11 a.m. until 12 noon at Marion Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Marion Baptist Church, 1258 North Main Street, Marion, VA 24354; Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, 4329 Lee Highway, Marion, VA 24354; or Laurel Springs United Methodist Church, c/o Bobby Stamper, 377 Grubmore Road, Marion, VA 24354. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.seaverbrown.com. Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory is honored to serve the family of William Fred Fowler.

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Samantha & Matt Cutshall Dec 18 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Fowler

Samantha & Matt Cutshall Dec 18 2017 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with Fred's family. May God give you peace during this sad time.

Samantha & Matt Cutshall Dec 18 2017 12:00 AM

Uncle Fred and Aunt Gray have always held a special place in my heart. While attending college in Fort Lauderdale, I would drive to Miami on weekends to visit them. They were so welcoming and kind to me and treated me like their son. Such fond memories of our trips to their house in Key Largo and attending Miami Dolphin games. I've always been so appreciative of their hospitality and generosity. Although Fred rarely spoke of his distinguished service during WWII, he was a true hero of the Greatest Generation.

Michael Bales Dec 16 2017 12:00 AM

My heart and prayers go out to everyone today as you say a final goodby to Uncle Fred. Although he wasn't technically my 'uncle', he and Aunt Gray always made me feel special and like one of the Fowler family. Wish I could be in Virginia to share this sensitive and special day with my cousins and friends. In reading the beautifully written obit, I learned more about Uncle Fred and only wish that we could have spent more time together.

Katie Burdick Dec 16 2017 12:00 AM

"Uncle" Fred was a special man to Herb & Margie Perkins and their family. He was always fun to be with at the many family gatherings our families enjoyed together. At age "90" he was still hiding and hunting Easter Eggs! I will remember him, his pleasant personality and the many times we enjoyed together.

Dottie Perkins Webb Dec 14 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Fowler

Dottie Perkins Webb Dec 14 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Uncle Fred: I have so many wonderful memories of you and aunt Gray. I took my first airplane to visit you in Florida. I always looked forward to visiting with you. You were always a special person to me. I will never ever forget you. I love you and I wished I could be there Saturday but you will always be in my heart. Love you TERI

Teri Moore Snider Dec 14 2017 12:00 AM

Uncle Fred was one of the greatest of the Greatest Generation. He was invariably kind and generous. He was always encouraging and as referenced by his military experience brave and honorable. He will be missed. With his passing the direct link to the family heroes from WWII is broken; however, his memory will long be cherished.

Roy & Pixi Winters Dec 14 2017 12:00 AM

"Uncle Fred" was a wonderful example of the Greatest Generation. He was kind, generous, upbeat, and an all-around good guy. He was not the type to talk about the medals he earned while bravely serving his country and protecting our freedom. He greeted everyone with a smile and a kind word, and he had a way of making everyone feel special. He was also strong, agile and gentle. When I was a teenager, "Uncle Fred" taught me how to water ski - not by calling out instructions from afar in the boat. He got in the water and skied right beside me, encouraging and coaching me until I succeeded. That perseverance and positive, can-do attitude was fun to be around and a great example that I have often recalled when facing challenges later in life. All kids should be so lucky as to have an "Uncle Fred" in their lives! I am very thankful for the blessing that he was in mine. You will be missed, "Uncle Fred," but I take comfort in knowing that you have gone on to a better place, to join loved ones who brought joy to your life - especially "Aunt Gray." Love always, Suzan

Suzan Moore Dec 14 2017 12:00 AM

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