William Derwood Fowler
1947 – 2009
William Derwood Fowler, 61, died Thursday, March 19, in a vehicle accident near Harold.
Services were held Monday at First Christian Church with Revs. Gary House and John Hare officiating. Burial followed at Highland Cemetery under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home.
Derwood was born Sept. 26, 1947, to Alford George and Ruby Lee Fowler, in Sayre, OK.
He and Mallie Cowell were married Feb. 23, 1968, and a son, Tommy Wayne was born. Also, a daughter Laura Lynn, who passed away at birth, was born into that marriage.
He and Sherry Pangle-Lyles were married Feb. 19, 1972. In Sept. 1994, a special little three year old boy, James came into their lives.
At the age of 15, Derwood went to work for Spruiell Drilling in Iowa Park, where he worked until the day of his death. During those years he left the company briefly to pursue other careers, but returned to the company and people he loved working for.
During those years he worked his way up through the company and was a driller at the time of his death.
He and Sherry were avid race car fans and the two enjoyed working on and restoring cars together. Sherry recalls one of the first things Derwood said to her was, “I sure like the way you gap spark plugs.” He also enjoyed both fresh water and deep sea fishing and taking trips to “God’s Country” Branson, MO. Most that knew Derwood also knew that for over 30 years he watched All My Children, starring Erica Cane.
He was a devoted family man. A loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother.
Tommy said, “He was more than a father he was my hero.”
He cared deeply for others and was always willing to help people when he could.
When you saw Derwood walking down the street, this man stood proud and he stood tall… and was very courageous man with a heart of gold.
Those of you who came to his home, family, friends, or a stranger, he always offered food and drinks. He never wanted people to go hungry.
He also loved all of God’s little creatures. Sherry recalled once while on a trip to Oklahoma, they saw a weathered hungry dog on the side of the road searching for something to eat. Derwood had her to turn around and go back to the nearest town, 12 miles away, and buy a bag of dog food.
He will be missed by many.
In addition to his daughter, he was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Emma Jean.
Survivors include his wife, Sherry of Iowa Park; two sons, Tommy and his wife, Sheri of Elk City, OK. and James of Iowa Park; siblings, Alford Leon and his wife, Glenna of Leedy, OK., Nona Duke and Jeanie Black, both of Cordell, O.K., Jerry of Wichita Falls, and Ernest and his wife, Brenda of Iowa Park; two grandson, Trever and Tyler, both of Elk City, and numerous nieces and nephews. Also his two dogs, Sammy and Polly.
The family suggest memorials be made to Friendly Door Senior Citizen’s Center, 810 North Third St., Iowa Park, Tx. 76367.