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Roy Stewart Gowder

Obituary Date: Saturday, August 1, 2020

Roy Stewart Gowder age 95 of Lula entered heaven on Saturday August 1, 2020 at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Roy was born February 1, 1925 in Homer to the late Robert & Maggie Rogers Gowder. He proudly served his Country in the United States Army having fought in World War II. He was the owner & operator of Roy’s Auto Parts in Lula for over 60 years. He was an avid University of Georgia fan. He attended the University of Georgia and earned his Bachelor’s degree in business. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Brandon Porter; brothers, G.A, John Henry, Otis, Roger, Robert & Paul; sisters, Curtis, Rose & Emma.

Survivors include, wife of over 72 years, Johnnie Dove Gowder; daughters, Grenae (Dick) Thompson & Tina (Ricky) Porter; sister, Rubye McCallister; grandchildren, Michele (Jerry) Bruce, Stephen Thompson, Jennifer (Eric) Brown, Dusty (Kalen) Porter & Jessica (Andrew) Dennis; great granddaughters, Mary Margaret, Isabella, Kendall, Shiloh, Macie, Millie & Skyla. A host of other family members also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon Tuesday August 4, 2020 at Ward’s Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Robby Williams & Grandson, Dusty Porter officiating. Burial will follow in Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery in Lula with Military Honors. Roy’s visitation room will be open after 2:00 p.m. Monday for anyone to pay their respects, however the family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday August 3, 2020 at the funeral home.

Please during these uncertain times for everyone’s protection use All social distancing precautions for everyone’s safety.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or to the Wounded Warrior’s Foundation.

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Funeral Date
08/04/2020 at 12:00PM
Funeral Home
Wards Funeral Home & Crematory
758 Main St. SW, Gainesville 30501