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S. Harold Gowen, 94, of Folkston passed away at his residence Feb. 24, 2018.

He was born Dec. 9, 1923, to the late James Vernon Gowen Sr. and Agnes Dean Gowen. Mr. Gowen proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. In April 1948, he married Ann Hopkins.  In 1951, he joined his brother, J.V. Gowen Jr., in business, forming partnership of Gowen Timber Co. In 1961, he acquired an interest in the partnership of Hopkins Gowen Oil Co. He served on the Board of Directors of Toledo Manufacturing Co. and Peoples Bank. He served on the Charlton County Forestry Board and the Georgia Forestry Association Board for a number of years. He was a member of the Folkston United Methodist Church.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Ann Hopkins Gowen; eight siblings, James Dean (Verena Monroe) Gowen, Emory Clyde (Ann Smith) Gowen, Andrew Williard Gowen, Hazel Gowen (Pearce) Stapleton, Donald Lee Gowen, J.V. (Ruby Harrison) Gowen Jr., Guy Albert (Ethel Harrison) Gowen and Lacy Marion Gowen; and two nephews, Gregory Gowen and Kenny Gowen.

He is survived by his local nieces and nephews: Jimmie Dean (Ann) Gowen, Sidney (Gloria) Gowen, Mary Eve (Leslie) Blair, Frances (David) McDaniel, Rosemary (Ken) Kriner, Johnny (Debbie) Gowen, Guy Gowen, Joe (Julie) Hopkins, Deborah (Chuck) Carter, Kay (Timer) Rhoden and Connie Spivey; and a host of other nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Pineview Cemetery with Rev. Jack Varnell and Dr. Rick Lanford officiating. 

Memorials may be made in Mr. Gowen’s memory to Folkston United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 396, Folkston, GA 31537, the Methodist Home for Children and Youth, P.O. Box 2525, Macon, GA 31203 or the Georgia Forestry Foundation, 551 N. Frontage Road, Forsyth, GA 31209.

Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest registry at www.shepardfh.com. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home in Folkston.

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