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Friday January 1st, 2021
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Roy Allen Fowler Sr.


Dr. Roy A. Fowler, Pastor and Missionary, of Athens, TN, passed away Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in Cleveland, TN. He was 86.  He was a native of Thomaston, GA, where at age 12 he professed his faith in Christ at the Silvertown Baptist Church. Following high school, he attended Campbellsville College in Campbellsville, KY, Georgetown College in Georgetown, KY, and Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. He was ordained and began his pastoral ministry as pastor of the Royal Springs Baptist Chapel of Georgetown, KY. He was a part of forming Gardenside Baptist Church, Lexington, KY in August, 1957 a mission of the Georgetown Baptist Church where he then served as the first pastor. After his time at Gardenside, he followed his calling to foreign missions, becoming a Southern Baptist missionary to Brazil where he served in the cities of Campinas, SP; Salvador, BH; and Natal, RN. Continuing to follow his calling to ministry, he returned to Southern Seminary where he earned his Doctorate in Ministries. He was the Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church of Hopkinsville, KY; Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Metropolis, IL; and Pastor of Mountain Home Baptist Church of Mountain Home, AR. In 1991, continuing in ministry and missions, he moved to McMinn County, TN, to serve as the director of the McMinn-Meigs Baptist Association. During his time as Director of Missions, he worked with churches throughout the association, both with his attendance and preaching.

His parents were the late Simpson Barnes Fowler and Lula Jewell Avery Fowler. He is preceded in death by twin brother, Rev. Ray Emmett Fowler, brothers S.B Fowler Jr. and Alvin Fowler, and sisters Martha Alexander, Jewell Ellerbee, and Charlene Daniel. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Patricia Ann Ross Fowler of Athens, TN; children Allen Fowler and wife Anna of Murray, KY; Stuart Fowler and wife LeAnne of Madison, AL; Sandra Snelling and husband Jon of Gainesville, GA; Alicia Young and husband Mark of Woodbridge, VA; Jan Fowler and husband Perry of Kennesaw, GA; Joel Fowler and wife Kara of Franklin, TN; brother Bobby Fowler and wife Annice of Athens, TN; sister Mary Pitts of Ocala, FL; sister-in-law Cherrie Fowler of Athens, TN; brother-in-law Billy Daniel of Thomaston, GA; sister-in-law Ruth Keeling of Lone Oak, KY; and brother-in-law Bill Ross and wife Jean of Priest River, ID; as well as 15 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Due to COVID guidelines, there will be a private family service and graveside at Eastanallee Cemetery. The body will lie in state from 1:00 to 6:00 P.M. Friday, January 1, 2021 at Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home in Athens, TN. Condolences may be sent to www.laycock-hobbs.com/notices/Roy-Fowler. Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to support your church’s mission programs or the Samaritan’s Purse.

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Roy Fowler was a great encourager and influenced me greatly. So sorry to hear of his passing, but know that he is now home with our Savior. Praying for this family!

Randy Harmon Jan 4 2021 12:00 AM

With prayers and sincere sympathy to you, Pat, and to each of your family.

randall and glenda kyker Jan 3 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Roy Fowler Sr.

Jeffrey Pitts Jan 3 2021 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry to hear of Roy's passing. Please know that your family is in my prayers.

Larry and Kathy Fain Jan 1 2021 12:00 AM

I worked the summer of 1957 at Royal Springs mission church in Georgetown with Roy and Pat. Led singing while the regular leader was off for the summer. He and Pat were really good friends for that period of time. One memory of then was when I actually played the piano for a service when the regular pianist was not there and there was no one else. I don't play the piano but could SORTA play. We made it through the service. Roy was VERY gracious. The first AND ONLY time I ever played for a service. I'm sorry to hear of his passing but know he had a very fruitful, blessed life. Thank you Jesus for Roy...and Pat!

Ed Richards Jan 1 2021 12:00 AM

My condolences to Pat and family! So sorry for your loss. Roy was a great friend. Ray thought the world of Roy. They built a boat together. Ray often told the story of how it sank first thing when they put it in the water. They laughed much about that experience. My love and admiration to all.

Ruby Fleet Dec 31 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Roy Fowler Sr.

Ernie & Faye Ashburn Dec 30 2020 12:00 AM

Love and prayers for the Fowler Family. Sorry for your loss. He is rejoicing with the Savior now.

Greg and Shannon McCosh Dec 30 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Bro.Roy. We loved him and you all. Your family will always hold a special place in our hearts. Praying for you all.

Terry and Tam Foster Dec 30 2020 12:00 AM

I am so sad to hear about Mr. Fowler, but what a celebration there must have been in heaven! I have no doubt God greeted him with a Well-done, faithful servant. I am grateful for the dedication to God that Mr. Fowler demonstrated daily in his life. He will be missed.

Reba (Rinks) Cloud Dec 30 2020 12:00 AM

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