Larry Mack Fowler left this world on February 27, 2023, in Easley, SC,
leaving the struggles of his illnesses behind. He is now breathing with ease.
Larry was born January 15, 1945, in Coleman, Texas, to Bert and
Bernadene Fowler, who predeceased him. Larry was raised with deep-rooted
Christian and West Texas ethics and principles, which remained important to him
throughout his life. He attended Santa Anna, TX, schools from grades 1 through
12, participating in most sports. Upon high school graduation in 1963, he moved
to Fort Worth, TX. There he met Ann Bickley. They were married July 16, 1965,
at Tate Springs Baptist Church in Arlington, TX. They have two children, Troy
Fowler, of Mechanicsville, VA, and Laurie Fowler, of Easley. Larry and Ann have
three grandchildren, Grant Fowler, of Chesterfield, VA, Tess Fowler, of
Mechanicsville, and Larissa Fowler, of Easley. Larry also leaves behind a sister,
Sandra (John) McClelland, of San Antonio. He also leaves a brother-in-law,
Gene (Betty) Bickley, of Annona, TX, and a sister-in-law, Jeanette McClain, of
Fort Worth, as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and a special
aunt, Iris Holman, of Garland, TX.
Larry proudly served his country in the USAF from 1966 to 1971. He used
his USAF schooling in electronics, his outgoing personality, and deeply-rooted
work ethic to quickly rise in the industry and retired in 2009 as Director of Sales
of Symmetricom Inc, in San Jose, CA. Larry never met a stranger and enjoyed
the camaraderie with others while at work or play. His sense of kinship was deep,
and his kindness and loyalty meant a friend for a day would be a friend forever.
He was loved by all: family, friends, and co-workers. His tenacious fight with his
illnesses exhibited the depth of his strength, constitution and fortitude, and he
Larry’s jobs moved him often, with retirement occurring while living in
Ogden, Utah. He caught the wanderlust bug as he traveled the US and Canada
with his job, but mostly he loved traveling with Ann, his family and friends. They
traveled extensively throughout the US, Canada, in Europe, Central and South
America, and touched on Asia and Africa.
Larry loved sports, in person and on TV, and was a loyal fan of the Weber
State Wildcats in Ogden. After retirement, he became an avid tennis player, until
his illness forced him to the sidelines.
In 2017, Larry was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, a
terminal lung disease. The elevation in Ogden led Larry and Ann to move in 2019
to Easley, where air was more dense and easier to breathe. His memories
sustained him through the years of sickness, as those of us who now remain
behind will be sustained by the memories of Larry, his wit, leadership and
strength. We will sorely miss hearing the low, vibrating timbre of his voice.
There will be a celebration of Larry’s life for family and friends in Arlington,
Texas, on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at 5:00 pm (contact Ann for address),
preceded by a graveside service and burial of his ashes beginning at 3:00 pm at
Hawkins Cemetery in Arlington. If there are changes, updates will be posted on
Should anyone wish to make a donation in Larry’s name, please consider
St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN,
Visit RobinsonFuneralHomes.com or Robinson Funeral Home & Crematory – Powdersville Road, Easley.