Edward Fowler

Edward F. Fowler, 86, died Feb 11, 2014, in Indiana from complications of a recent illness. He was born in Chattanoog Aug. 29, 1927. Ed was the beloved uncle of Dorris (Dana) H. Ledford Fisher, of Knoxville, formerly of Chattanooga. Educated in Chattanooga schools (City High), Ed, as a young man moved to Washington, D.C.; he worked for the Department of Commerce and retired from Walter Reed. Ed served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. His hobby was performing as an actor/singer which he did in D.C., Chattanooga and Knoxville. When family matters required Ed to return to Chattanooga for a few years, he joined the Little Theater group performing in numerous productions; his favorite was a role in "Sabrina," a popular play/movie of that era. He was never too busy to entertain all the young people in our family and care for those who needed him. In his middle years, Ed met and married the former Ethel Propst, of Chattanooga; they resided in Washington, D.C. working government jobs, caring for his mother before she died. Soon afterward they cared for Ethels dad until his death. Ed retired but Ethel continued to work for the Department of Parks/Recreation in their new location of Sevierville, Tenn., until her retirement. Both retired to the Soddy-Daisy area where they lived when his wife died. Ed moved to Knoxville to be close to his niece and her husband; he moved into Homewood Residence in west Knoxville where he delighted residents with his singing performances. His big performance in Knoxville at the young age of 80 was on stage at Tennessee Theater for a full house of senior citizens and others who gather for the Monday programs at the theater. After singing the songs of George M. Cohan, Ed received a standing ovation; the residents of Homewood filled a vehicle to drive to downtown Knoxville for his performance; his life would be enriched forever! It was "music to the soul of this elderly gentleman." Ed always delighted in the happy faces of those who heard him sing; he was a true showman! He will be forever loved and missed by his niece, Dorris (Buddy); Jacqueline (James); and several great-nephews and great-nieces. Ed was preceeded in death by his parents, Edward Freeman Fowler and Ethel O. Fowler; his brother, James H. Fowler; and his sister, Ruby F. Page. A brief memorial will be held at Chattanooga National Cemetery 3 pm. today, March 5, where his cremains will be placed with his wife. Rev. Lester Norton will give a eulogy and the Military Honor Guard will salute his memory.

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