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Wiley Young Fowler

1825 - 1917

Source:  Marble Falls Messenger, 12 Mar 1917
Transcribed by JoAnn Myers, July 2002
Reformatted 2008


W. Y. Fowler, better known as "Uncle Wiley" died at his home in this city last Monday morning at an early hour. For several days his strength had been failing and his death was not unexpected. the body was carried to the Fowler cemetery near Spicewood for interment Monday afternoon.

Mr. Fowler was born in Lawrence District, South Carolina, September 12th, 1825, where he grew to manhood. On March 23rd, 1848, he was married to Miss Mary Jane Yett. In 1854, Mr. and Mrs. Fowler, then young, happy, vigorous and full of ambition, moved to Texas and located near Spicewood, where he resided up to a few weeks ago, when he moved to town.

When the Civil War came on, Mr. Fowler responded to the call and enlisted under the Southern flag in Company B, 21st Texas Cavalry, where he did service for the cause he loved until he fell sick, was discharged and sent home. His bald head was one of the marks left by sickness and hardships. After he finally regained his health, he joined a frontier regiment known as the home guard. In this organization, he served until the close of the war. After that he turned his attention to affairs at home, and soon became a factor in the section which he helped to develop, and today, as evidence of his sound judgement more than half a century ago, his old home is in the midst of one of the most fertile and productive sections of Burnet county.

Mr. Fowler was one of the brightest Christian characters we have ever known. He was a man who died as he lived, an enthusiastic believer in the one true and living God. He was regarded as one of the closest bible students this country has ever known, and his words of encouragement have been an inspiration to young ministers of the gospel on numerous occasions. Besides those associated with him in the church, his friends throughout this section were numbered by the hundreds. He has been a consistent member of and worker in the Baptist church since he was a lad of 14 years of age.

Uncle Wiley was the father of six children, all of whom survive him except Mrs. F.P. Green [Mary Lou, who died in 1898]. They are F.C. [Francis Chapman] Fowler of Lampasas, B.B. [Bob B.] and J.M.[Josiah M.] of Spicewood, Mrs. G. E. Green [Melicent Rebecca] and Miss Ada Fowler of this city.

The interment took place in the family burying ground near Spicewood last Monday afternoon. Many friends from the community were present to pay their last tribute of respect to a man they had known, loved and respected all these years. The funeral was conducted by Rev. W.R. Hornburg of this city, Rev. R.A. Mobley of Smithwick and Rev. J. Dodgen of Round Mountain. Long before his death he signified a desire for these three preachers to attend his funeral. They each paid a fitting tribute to his memory.

This office extends sympathy to those who mourn the death of this good man at this time.


NOTE: names enclosed by brackets [--] are not part of the original obituary, but were added by the transcriber for information. For more information about this family, see Burnet County History, Vol II, page 96.

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