George Newton Fowler, 89, of Hoopers Creek went home to be with the Lord on December 27, at 6:55 pm. He was born May 29, 1926, the son of Tina Hyder and Jasper Vernon Fowler. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Edna Carney; four brothers, Creswell, Steve, D.J. and Eugene; and five sisters, Misphia, Lettie Mae, Harriett, Belvia and Fairlee.
George served as a drill sergeant in the US Army from November 1944 to November 1946. He retired from the NC Department of Transportation as Regional Supervisor after 28 years of service. George was very active in both his community and in his church. He was instrumental in establishing the Fletcher Fire Department and the Fletcher Elementary PTA, of which he was the first President. He also served in both Hoopers Creek Baptist Church and Fletcher First Baptist Church as Sunday School Superintendent and Sunday School Teacher for over 50 years.
George had a farm and raised Poll Hereford Cattle. He was a hard worker and kept his place well-manicured. He also loved working on and restoring vintage automobiles. He was a friend to all who knew him and he will be greatly missed.
George is survived by his loving family, his two children, Dewena F. Garren (husband Wayne) and Michael George Fowler (wife Anna Lee); five grandchildren, Jennifer Garren, Cameron Garren (wife Serita), Matthew Fowler, Melissa Fowler Warren, and Mark Fowler; four great-grandchildren, James and Allyson Garren, Emily Hopkins, Brandon Warren; and two great-great grandchildren, Ruby Garren and Colby Hopkins. George is also survived by three brothers, Stanford, Onie (Toad) and Porter. Other grandchildren through marriage are Steve Robbins (wife Sara). Jason Littrell (wife Jennettie), and Kimberly McGuiness Ogle; and great-grandchildren, Madisen Gentry, Caleb, Tori, and Ethan Littrell, Sydney Robbins and Eli and Emma Ogle.
A funeral service will be held at 2 PM Thursday, December 31, 2015 at Fletcher First Baptist Church. The Reverends Roy Waldrop and Gunn Davis will officiate. Burial will follow at Hoopers Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Wednesday at Fletcher First Baptist Church.