OXFORD | Edgar Leon Fowler, Jr. passed away at the age of 67 on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Regional Medical Center in Anniston, Alabama. He was surrounded by his family.
Edgar Leon Fowler, Jr. was born on December 28, 1946, in Rome, Georgia, to Edgar Leon Fowler, Sr. and Katherine Scoggins Fowler. He was the eldest of four children including two brothers, Bill and Steve, and a sister, Jenny.
Ed Fowler graduated from East Rome High School in 1964 and attended Berry College and The University of Georgia. An English major who loved reading and writing, these passions led Fowler to the newspaper business.
During the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, Ed Fowler earned his living by working in various positions for newspapers throughout the southeastern United States. Fowler worked for the Athens (GA) Daily News as a reporter and then moved on to be the managing editor for the Anderson (SC) Independent Mail. Fowler worked as a managing editor, and editor and publisher for many newspapers including the Marietta (GA) Daily Journal, the Tuscaloosa (AL) News, the Sampson (NC) Independent, Columbus (GA) Enquirer, the Walker County (GA) Messenger, the Montgomery (AL) Advertiser, the Talladega (AL) Daily Home, and the Anniston (AL) Star.
In 1996, Fowler was promoted to Vice President of Operations of Consolidated Publishing. Some of his proudest accomplishments as a newspaperman were the oversight of two state-of-the-art newspaper office and production facilities for the Anniston Star and the Daily Home. Fowler was awarded the Alabama Press Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Fowler retired in March 2014 as the editor and publisher of the Daily Home.
Fowler is survived by his wife, Trisha Grizzard Fowler of Oxford, Alabama; his three children, Laurie Fowler (Gus Davis) of Huntsville, Alabama, Lindy Hamner (Mike) of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Edgar Leon "Lee" Fowler, III (Tait Peterson) of Chicago, Illinois; two step-sons Matthew Flint of Auburn, Alabama, and Michael Flint of Oxford, Alabama; four grandchildren, Hallie Grace, Luke, Eli, and Ella Kate Hamner of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; mother Katherine Fowler and sister Jenny Ballantine of Rome, Georgia; mother of his children, Marcella Rhodes of Northport, Alabama; niece Amy (Joe) Forston of Cedartown, Ga., and nephews Matthew (Erica) Ballantine of Hubert, N.C., Andrew Ballantine (Courtney) of Rome, Ga., and Jim Fowler (Carrie) of Maysville, Ga.; and cousins Julie and Robin Abels and Jake Scoggins of Calhoun, Ga.
Mr. Fowler was predeceased by his father, Edgar Leon Fowler, Sr.; two brothers, William Ray Fowler and Steven Howard Fowler; brother-in-law, Doug Ballantine; and aunt and uncle Charlotte and Tom Scoggins.
Services will be at 1:00 pm on Friday, March 14, 2014, at St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church in Anniston, Alabama. Family will receive friends in the parish hall at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorial donations to St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church-Beans and Rice Ministry, PO Box 1884, Anniston, AL 36201.
Published in Tuscaloosa News on Mar. 12, 2014