Brady Hampton Fowler
(Glendale Mills Cloth Room Supervisor)
Story furnished by Clarence Crocker

Brady H. Fowler was born in 1894, the son of Joe J. and Jane Fowler. (click on; Joe J. Fowler family). A Glendale native, Brady married Blanche Gowan, the daughter of Thomas J. and Bertie Clayton Gowan of Spartanburg/Beech Springs area. According to the 1920 Census, Blanche had two siblings, W.T. and Calvin Gowan. Brady grew up as a member of the Glendale Baptist Church. After moving to their home in the Bethesda area with his dad, they joined the Bethesda Baptist Church. 

The 1940 Spartanburg/Glendale Census listed the household as;

Brady Fowler 46, husband/Cloth room Supervisor                  Wife; Blanche 32
Children;     Ray 6      Jane 2
Joe J. Fowler 76, widow/father

Brady was a good natured Supervisor and was liked and appreciated by all his co-workers. He and his family were living in the Bethesda area at the time of his death. He had served as a Deacon and was serving as Treasurer of the Bethesda Baptist Church. The Fowler families were good people and greatly loved in the community of Glendale as well as Bethesda.

Excerpts from the obituary of Brady Hampton Fowler published Tuesday September 30, 1969. “Brady Hampton Fowler, 75, husband of Mrs. Blanche Gowan Fowler, died Monday in the Spartanburg General Hospital following a short illness. A native of Spartanburg County, he was the son of Joe J. and Jane Reaves Fowler. He was a member and the treasurer of the Bethesda Baptist Church. Survivors were; his wife; one son, Ray H. Fowler, Burlington, N. C.; one daughter, Mrs. Jane F. Baker, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; brothers, G. H. Fowler, C. B. Fowler and J.B. Fowler; one sister, Mrs. T. D. Burgess and two grandsons. Funeral services to be held in the Bethesda Baptist Church with interment following in the Church Cemetery”

Mrs. Blanche Gowan Fowler died at the age of 101, Thursday, October 18, 2007 and was buried with her husband in the Bethesda Baptist Cemetery.

Census records and obituaries, courtesy of the Spartanburg County Library.
Written July, 2013 Clarence E. Crocker


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