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Dr. J.B. Fowler, Jr.

Obituary for Dr. J.B. Fowler, Jr.

July 8, 1930 - August 21, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 88


Dr. J.B. Fowler passed away peacefully August 21, 2018 in San Antonio, TX. Born in 1930 in Pawhuska, OK, to the late J.B. and Ona (Thurman) Fowler, he was a retired Baptist minister who began preaching at age 17. He married the late Wanda Lee Orrick in 1951 and together they ministered to churches in Van, Moran, Ballinger, Kendalia and Lubbock, TX; and in McComb, MS. In 1981, he became editor of The Baptist New Mexican in Albuquerque.

He received a BA and Hon.DD from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, TX, and a M.DIV from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX.

Fowler had extensive denominational service, including as president of the Southern Baptist Press Association; a trustee of Howard Payne University, William Carey College in Hattiesburg, MS, and Hendrick Memorial Hospital in Abilene, TX; and member of the Baptist General Convention of TX executive board.

He was widely sought as a speaker, and authored four books on preaching. He was a serious theologian who studied original Greek scripture and ancient theology, but was also a master in the pulpit with a deep portfolio of illustrations and poems that captivated audiences. "We are grateful to God that things are as well with us as they are," was Dr. Fowler's humble benediction to his congregations.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years Wanda Lee (Orrick) and is survived by sons Bruce (Sherry) of San Antonio and David (Sunny) of New York City; grandson Reid Fowler (Kristin) and great-granddaughter Emma of Jackson, WY; and sister Betty Smith (Leslie) of Arlington, TX. His parents and brother Ronald (Tam Curtis) predeceased him.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Morningside Ministries, San Antonio, TX.

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Interment will follow at Mission Burial Park North.

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