MSgt. Ruble Fowlkes
October 25, 2018
Hatley — MSgt. Ruble Clayton “R.C.” Fowlkes, 91, passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2018, at the Veterans Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, AL. R.C. was born on August 22, 1927 to William Dee and Mary Lee Howell Fowlkes. R.C. graduated from Hatley High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served for 26 years and retired as a Master Sergeant in 1975. He also served with Civil Service at Columbus Air Force Base for 11 years. He drove a school bus for Monroe County schools, particularly in the Hatley area. R.C. attended New Hope Primitive Baptist Church. R.C. grew up on a cotton farm as a child. He was a very disciplined man who loved his family and loved his life. His family came first and foremost, and his love for his country was also evident. In his free time, he enjoyed traveling by motorcycle (Gold Wing Riders Assn member), listening to Old Country and Western music, water skiing, jet skiing, camping, pontoon boats and watching the sun rise and set. He was adventurous and a world traveler who visited 33 countries and all 50 states of America. His final destination: Heaven at last. R.C. is survived by his wife, Ann Nash Fowlkes, Hatley; daughter, Bonnie Jean Fowlkes, Columbus; sons, Michael Dee Fowlkes (Cynthia), Columbus, Timothy Howard Fowlkes (Sandra), Columbus; step-son, Keith Nash; grandchildren, Christopher Michael Fowlkes (Sandy), Nicole Leigh Pirrung, Amber Deanna McFadden, Winston Casey Fowlkes, Todd Chadler Parks, Jason Tyler Parks; great-grandchildren, Logan Scott Pirrung, Madelyn “Maddie” Geneva Fowlkes, David Paxton “Pax” Fowlkes, Presley “Grace” Parks, Troy Dayton Parks, Layla Jade Parks, Lillian Clair “Lilly” Parks, and Talyn Rose Parks (to be born momentarily – October 2018); nieces and nephews, Wayne Fowlkes (Carolyn), Ouida Jo Thornton, Julie Clayborne (Mike), Keith Fowlkes, Doug Fowlkes (Stephanie), Steve Fowlkes (Sandy); brothers and sisters-in law, Donna Wardlaw, Faye Finley (Royce), Cynthia Smith (Frank); and special friends, Laureen Robinson, Floyd Land, and Todd Finley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva Wardlaw Fowlkes; mother-in-law, Ovie Arizonia Cook Wardlaw; step-son, Michael Nash; grandson, Guy Thomas Fowlkes; sister, Ruey Thornton (Dick); brothers, Ray Fowlkes (Lois), Buford Fowlkes (Ruth), Guy Fowlkes (Elizabeth), Clinton Fowlkes, and Clyde Fowlkes; nieces and nephews, Shirley Parham (Billy), Melba Jean Copley (Jerry); Patsy Huskey (Jerome); brothers and sisters-in-law, Marcell Riddle, Pete Wardlaw (Audrene), Bobby Wardlaw, Eddie Wardlaw, Betty Burdine (Jackie) and special friends, Elbert Robinson and Greely Hensley. A funeral service was held at 2PM Wednesday, October 24, at Hatley Primitive Baptist Church. Elder Tim Cunningham and Bro. Don Harding led the service. Burial followed at Hatley Cemetery. Pallbearers were Doug Fowlkes, Steve Fowlkes, Rickey Finley, Todd Finley, Chris Fowlkes, Winston Fowlkes, Todd Parks, and Tyler Parks. Honorary pallbearers were Wayne Fowlkes, Billy Parham, and the deacons of New Hope Primitive Baptist Church. Donations may be made to the Hatley Cemetery Fund, C/O Stanley Farrar, 60328 Hatley Rd, Amory, MS 38821 and to First Friends, P.O. Box 117, Amory, MS 38821. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.