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Billy Joe Gowan

October 7, 1929 - August 25, 2020
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Funeral Service for Mr. Billy Joe Gowan, age 90 of Fayetteville, will be conducted Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 3:00pm at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Gowan was born on October 7, 1929 to the late Hiram Maxie and Mary Margaret Mansfield Gowan in Lincoln County, TN. Billy Joe passed away on August 25, 2020 at his residence surrounded by his loved ones. He was native of Lincoln County who owned and operated Gowan Shell Service for forty years. He was a member of the Fayetteville Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Billy Joe is survived by his loving daughter, Gloria Hall; granddaughter, Kim McWhirter; great-granddaughters, Katie Gowan McWhirter and Jessica Lin McWhirter; and sister, Christine (Hilton) Sullivan; and his wonderful caregivers, Betty Monks, Barbara Pearson, Betty Bradford, and Faye and Johnny Dollar who all shared a special love with him. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his devoted and loving wife of sixty one years, Jean Daves Gowan; son-in-law, Bobby Hall; and sister Maxine (Richard) Thornton.

Visitation with the family will be Sunday, August 30, 2020 from 12pm to 3pm at Higgins Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimers Association 309 North Jackson Street, Suite 1, Tullahoma, TN 37388 or the Bobby Hall Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o First National Bank, 405 College Street West, Fayetteville, TN 37334.

Higgins Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. Billy Joe Gowan.

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Schedule of Services
  • Service Location
  • Higgins Funeral Home
  • Visitation
  • Date: August 30, 2020
    Time: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Service
  • Date: August 30, 2020
    Time: 3:00 PM