John Charles Fowler passed away Aug. 11, 2011, one day before his 76th birthday, after a brave battle with cancer. He was born on Aug. 12, 1935, in Waxahachie, to Charline Pigg Fowler and Robert Lee Fowler. After graduating high school, where he excelled in golf, football and track, he attended Texas A&M University and the University of Texas, where he studied engineering. He then entered the Marine Corps and was stationed in Long Beach, Calif. After an honorable discharge, he began a long and successful career in sales focusing on high-end women’s clothing. He was an avid and knowledgeable antique car enthusiast, an old school Dallas Cowboys fan and he loved the music of Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Perry Como. He possessed grilling skills unmatched by anyone, could tell a terrific joke, and was John Wayne’s most devoted fan. He resided in Tennessee.

He is survived by two daughters, Amy Brewer of Richmond, Va., and Kate Nichols of Simpsonville, S.C.; his grandsons, Jackson, Sullivan and Logan; his sister, Marjorie Gilliam and her sons, Scott Gilliam and James Gilliam. He will be buried at Waxahachie City Cemetery beside his parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in the care of John Charles Fowler to the Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.