William Carlisle “Blackie” Towery

William Carlisle “Blackie” Towery

Birth
USA
Death 25 Nov 2012 (aged 92)
Marion, Crittenden County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 101601833 · View Source
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William Carlisle Towery-nicknamed "Blackie" or "Big Boy". He was an American basketball player. A 6'5" (1.96 m) forward-center, Towery played for the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers from 1938 to 1941. He was a two-time All-America selection and the first Hilltopper to score 1,000 points. He also led the Hilltoppers to three Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles. After graduating, Towery began his professional career with the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons of the National Basketball League. He played three seasons with the Pistons before entering military service in World War II, where he earned a Bronze Star as an infantryman. He then returned to the Pistons in 1946, and remained with the team as they joined the Basketball Association of America (the modern NBA) in 1948. Towery spent half a season with the Pistons in the BAA, and later served stints for the Indianapolis Jets and Baltimore Bullets. When he retired from basketball in 1950, he had scored 2,317 combined NBL/NBA points. In 2003, Western Kentucky University retired his #42 college jersey. He became the sixth Hilltopper to receive such honors. Towery died on November 25, 2012 at the age of 92.

His obituary-
William Carlisle Towery, Sr. age 92 of Marion died Sunday November 25 at his home.

He was a farmer and a World War II army veteran, recipient of the Bronze Star.

Mr. Towery is survived by a daughter, Nancy Brock, Marion, KY; three sons, Bill Towery, Marion, KY; Clark Towery, Scottsville, KY and Rob Towery, Marion, KY; a brother, Shellie Elmo Towery, Wichita Falls, TX; eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Shellie Clark and Lela Barnes Towery.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Myers Funeral Home, Marion, KY.

Friends may call at the Myers Funeral Home Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. and continuing up until the time of the service at 1 p.m.


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  • Created by: Peterborough K
  • Added: 2 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101601833
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Carlisle “Blackie” Towery (20 Jun 1920–25 Nov 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101601833, ; Maintained by Peterborough K (contributor 46537737) Unknown.