Hillard Fowler
(Glendale Mills Card Room Second Hand)
Story furnished by
Clarence Crocker

Hillard S. Fowler, the son of Hampton and Amanda Fowler, born about 1875, married Miss Bessie Warren and they became the parents of five children. They lived just outside the village on the Glendale/Clifton road. “Hill” as he was known and called, was a fine man, honest, kind and compassionate. He was the card room assistant overseer for a number of years. He was appreciated by all who had the privilege of knowing him. This writer came to know him as a real Christian man, a member of the Glendale Baptist Church who served his church well as a Deacon and active member of the Men’s Bible Class.

The 1910 Spartanburg Township Census showed that he had been married 14 years and was the father of 5 children, 3 living. The household was listed as;
Hills Fowler 35, husband/cotton mill foreman                 Wife; Bessie 30
Children;         George 11         Ella 3         Ruth 1 year, 1 month         Martin Fowler 28, brother

The 1940 Spartanburg County/Glendale Census listed the household as;
Hillard Fowler 64, card room second hand                 Wife; Bessie 60
Daughter, Mary Ruth Fowler Grubbs 30
Son in-law; Hampton Grubbs 34

Bessie Warren Fowler died at the age of 75, October 5, 1954.

Excerpts from the obituary of H.S. Fowler published Monday, July 4, 1960;
"Hillard S. Fowler, 85, died at a local nursing home Sunday after a long illness. A native of Spartanburg County, he was the son of the late Hampton and Amanda Fowler. He was a member of the Glendale Baptist Church and the Woodman of the World. He had retired from the textile industry.
Survivors were; two daughters, Mrs. W. A. Patterson and Mrs. H. M. Grubbs, both of Spartanburg; one son, George H. Fowler, also of Spartanburg; one brother, N. M Fowler of Glendale; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Funeral services held at J.F. Floyd Mortuary with interment following in The Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Spartanburg, S. C." 

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George Hampton Fowler Sr. married Ruby Berry.
They became the parents of three children; Mrs. Oren Robinette Jr., M. Sgt. George H. Fowler Jr. and Gerald Fowler.

George H. Fowler died in June, 1981 Ruby Berry Fowler died in September, 1997.
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Ella Fowler married William Alexander Patterson. No records found showing that they had children.

William A. Patterson died at the age of 61 Wednesday June 20, 1973. Ella Fowler Patterson’s second marriage was to Creighton Slaughter. Ella Fowler Patterson died in February, 1988. No other records of Creighton Slaughter were found.

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Mary Ruth Fowler married Hampton Miles Grubbs. They became the parents of two children; Tommy and Rebecca Grubbs. Hampton M. Grubbs died at the age of 78 in March, 1984. Mary Ruth Fowler Grubbs died June 27, 1999.
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Census records and obituaries, courtesy of the Spartanburg County Library.
Clarence E. Crocker, August, 2013

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