Company L, 21st SC Infantry
Captured on February 20, 1865 and released on June 26, 1865.
Son of Jesse and Martha Lambert Fowler, husband of Mollie Haseltine Collins.
J. FURMAN FOWLER DIED ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 31ST
Life Long Friend's Tribute to his Deceased Neighbor
Deceased Fought in the Confederate War and was Wounded
"James Furman Fowler died on Saturday evening, Aug. 31, 1929 at the home of his daughter, Mrs Robert Game, of Mullins. Mr Fowler was born March 17, 1845, age 84 years and 4 months and 14 days.
The funeral was held Monday morning at the residence of Mr Game, conducted by Dr Paul Wheeler, his Pastor, assisted by Rev J. H. Danner of the Methodist Church and Rev Pittman of Gapway.
His body was entered in the Mullins Cemetery by the side of his wife who preceded him to the grave 32 years ago.
Active pallbearers: John Fowler, Dr L. M. McMillan, Maxcy McMillan, Tate McMillan, Oliver Fowler and Mr Kirton, a grandson, and Vance Fowler. Honorary pallbearers: Dave Shelly, E. A. Carmichael, N. A. McMillan, A. R. Lane, J. A. Fisher, Neil McMillan, E. C. Edwards and Mr McQueen.
On February 9, 1873, Mr Fowler was happily married to Miss Haseltine Collins. The fruit of this union were as follows: Mrs Minnie Kirton the wife of Mr Major Kirton, of Horry, (she died some years ago); Willie T. Fowler, a prominent lawyer of Jacksonville, Fla.; Robin [Roland] M. Fowler, Mullins; Mary Magnolia Martin, Brittons Neck; Eulee Game, Mullins; James Furman Fowler, Mullins; Leila Haseltine Powell, Alexander, Va.; Grace Fleetwood Smith, Mullins. Mr Fowler leaves one brother and sister, Major W. Fowler, Mullins, and Mrs Maggie Owens, Sumter.
Mr Fowler volunteered for service in the Confederate War when only 16 years of age. He went in his father's place and served for one year. Then his father's time was up, after which he served his own time and remained in service until the surrender.
Mr Fowler was severely wounded in the face at which time he almost lost one of his eyes. He carried the scar to his grave. He faced the enemy heroically and manfully. He was hit in the face charging the enemy and not in the back retreating. It is said that there was not a soldier in the Confederate war who shouldered a musket more bravely than he did. He didn't know fear.
He was a loyal and consistent member of the Mullins Baptist Church. This was referred to by his Pastor at the funeral. He loved his Church and Sunday School and was a regular attendant as long as he was able to go. I have spoken of him as a brave soldier of the Confederacy and better still he was a brave soldier of the Cross of our Blessed Saviour and knew in whom he put his trust.
The many beautiful flowers that were put on his grave by loving hands evidenced the fact that he was an asset for good in his community. Mr Fowler is gone from among us but the good influence that he set into operation still lives. He was not a rich man and didn't leave much of this world's good's for his posterity, but he has left them a richer legacy--that of an honest man.
Mr Fowler's contribution to the world is this: An honest and upright life, noble sons and virtuous daughters. So his life was indeed a success. "His children will rise up and call him blessed."
I have been associated with Mr Fowler in business for the past 23 years and his passing is indeed a personal bereavement to me. He fought in our war between the states. He fought sin wherever he found it and he met the last enemy - death - and is now gone to his reward on High. He had treasures laid up in Heaven and no doubt heard the precious words of our blessed Master when He said "Thou hast been faithful over a few things, enter thou into the joys of the Lord." May God's richest blessings rest upon all of his children and grandchildren." - E. C. Edwards
Mary Hasseltine Collins Fowler
"Their toils are past, their work is done, they fought the fight, the victory won."
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