Roger (Crow71) was much more than most of us knew

Lovekitties Member Posts: 3,364 Member
The following the the obituary Roger's wife posted on CaringBridge.

Roger Thomas Fowler passed away June 9th at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem, NC. Born December 16, 1971, Roger was a longtime resident of Lewisville, NC.

Roger graduated from Forsyth Country Day School in Lewisville and attended Emory University in Atlanta, GA, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and a Master of Arts in Teaching. While attending Emory, Roger was a member of the Track and Field team. He also was active in an advocacy group for the homeless, and worked as a teacher’s assistant at The Paideia School in Atlanta. Following graduation, Roger taught grades K-2 at the Paideia school from 1994 to 2000.

Roger and his wife, Kim, returned to Lewisville in 2000 and became deeply involved in the community. Roger was elected to the Lewisville Town Council in 2007 and re-elected in 2009. His passionate commitment to community affairs generated lifelong friendships. Although Roger was involved in many endeavors, including construction and real estate, his true passion was teaching. His years on the faculty of The Paidea School in Atlanta were instrumental in the formulation of his views on progressive education. In the fall of 2009 Roger was eagerly anticipating his teaching assignment at Forrest Park Elementary School.

Roger’s love for children, passion for teaching, and enthusiasm for soccer all came together with his ongoing involvement with Twin City Youth Soccer Association where he coached all three of his children at various times. Many thanks to those involved with TCYSA and their support of Roger and his family.

As both alumni and parents at Forsyth Country Day School in Lewisville, Roger and Kim were very grateful for the community at FCDS. It was a great comfort to them to see their children so happy at school during a difficult time for the family. A special thank you to the teachers and administrators who touched their lives.

Roger grew up attending the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston Salem and became a member upon his return to North Carolina in 2000.

Roger is survived by his loving wife Kimberly Rose Fowler and three wonderful children Eleanor (11) Grace (9) and Owen (5). He is also survived by his parents, Thomas Hackler Fowler and Daisy Griffith Fowler; brother William Grant Fowler, his wife Lisa, and their daughter Nina of Altadena, California; and brother USAF Sgt. Michael Lee Fowler of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Additionally, he is survived by grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Omnia Floyd Fowler; uncle Omnia Frank Fowler and wife Cabel, uncle Robert Lewis Fowler and wife Bonnie; cousins Omnia, West, Bradley, Lewis, David and their families, all of Winston-Salem, and by Dr. Robert Hardin Hackler and wife Patricia Hackler of Richmond, VA. His maternal family includes a very special aunt Patsy Griffith Little and husband Godfrey of Atlanta; their son Michael Little, wife Angi and children of Durham, NC and aunt Marsha Faye Griffith of Greenville, NC.

Roger’s loss will also be greatly felt by his father-in-law Ronald Cotter and mother-in-law Peggy Cotter of Lewisville, and a host of Cotter and Shaffer family members in Michigan and Ohio, many of whom remember him as Rogie, as his father-in-law affectionately called him.

Roger and Kim were grateful for the love and support that they received from family and friends both in this community and around the world. A special thanks to Dr. Mebea Aklilu at the Cancer Center at Wake Baptist Health. He always went above and beyond in his care for Roger.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday June 18 at 10:00 am in the Brendle Recital Hall in the Scales Fine Arts Center at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC.


  • lisa42
    lisa42 Member Posts: 3,625 Member
    very impressive
    Wow- very impressive. Roger obviously touched many lives and will always be well remembered and highly thought of.

    Blessings to his family-
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    lisa42 said:

    very impressive
    Wow- very impressive. Roger obviously touched many lives and will always be well remembered and highly thought of.

    Blessings to his family-

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  • Kathleen808
    Kathleen808 Member Posts: 2,342 Member
    Thank you for sharing
    Roger was so special on this board. What a wonderful man he was to his wife, kids, community and students. He will be dearly missed.

  • pete43lost_at_sea
    pete43lost_at_sea Member Posts: 3,900 Member
    thanks marie
    just more tears.

  • geotina
    geotina Member Posts: 2,111 Member
    Yes Roger accomplished much. He also attacked his cancer with everything he could, surgery, chemo, diet, supplements, clinical trials and his wife Kim, is an amazing woman, with him every step of the way. They left no stone unturned in their fight. Yes, he will be missed both in his community, family and our semi-colon family.

  • Erinb
    Erinb Member Posts: 293
    Thanks for posting. This
    Thanks for posting. This news weighs heavy on my heart.
    Prayers go out to his family.
  • soccermom13
    soccermom13 Member Posts: 224
    oh gosh!
    I have taken a bit of a break from the board and am saddened by this news. Roger was a great guy,a loving father/husband and a soccer coach on top of that! He always had an uplifiting answer ready for my questions, And he wanted to learn more about me as a person which was impressive.
    Tears falling for you my friend.