Thomas Nathan “Bear” Fowler was born Jan. 24, 1941, in McNairy County, the son of the late Laney Thomas and Lena Gray Fowler.
He was united in marriage to Louise Morgan on Aug. 11, 1961.
Mr. Fowler began working for the Wurlitzer Piano Company in Corinth, Miss. He spent over 40 years working in the same building, even though occupied by different businesses. Mr. Fowler was one of the first trustees for Liberty Cemetery near Michie, and had served in that position for 30 years. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and riding his great-grandson around on his golf cart. Mr. Fowler was a faithful member of the Acton Church of Christ.
Mr. Fowler departed this life on Thursday, June 28, in Michie, at the age of 71 years, 5 months, 4 days.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Louise (Morgan) Fowler of Michie; a daughter, Tina Moore and husband Jerry of Michie; two grandchildren, Megan Essary and husband Kevin of Milledgeville and Michael Moore of Michie; a great-grandchild, Cooper Essary of Milledgeville; five sisters: Martha Lipford, Eula Thacker, and Madie Thacker, all of Michie, Shirley Walker of Meridian, Miss., and Faye Massengill and husband John of Corinth, Miss.; special nephew Eric Fowler and wife Patty of Ramer; former son-in-law and father of Megan Essary, Brent Malone; a host of nephews and nieces; and many extended family and friends.
Services were held on Saturday, June 30, at 2 p.m., at Acton Church of Christ in Michie with Joe Story, Shawn Weaver and Malcom George officiating. Burial followed in the Liberty Cemetery at Michie.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Fowler was preceded in death by seven brothers: L.G. Fowler, Oliver Fowler, Otis Fowler, Truman Fowler, Alton Lambert, Jimmy Lambert and Kenneth Lambert; and a sister, Alma Gray.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.