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William Shields “Bill” Towry

May 18, 1955 - June 24, 2020
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Funeral service for William Shields “Bill” Towry, age 65, of Fayetteville, TN will be conducted at 2 PM on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at Higgins Funeral Home, with Bro. Anthony Perry officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Memorial Gardens.

Bill was born on May 18, 1955 in Lincoln County, TN to the late William Burton and Billie Lindsay Towry. He was an owner/operator truck driver for 50 years. Bill drove for several companies over his career, Road One Logistics (Jack Daniels Distillery), Brown Transport of Georgia, and Clarksville Refrigerator Lines/Great Wide (Shelbyville). He was an operations manager for S&S Nurseries in Athens, AL and Lefty’s Transportation in Toney, AL before becoming district managers at , Elk Valley Freight Lines, and Co-Owner and operator of Towry Enterprises, Inc. in Park City. Bill would always fill in as a driver whenever he could. He and his red Peterbilt were well known and respected throughout the trucking industry, due to Bill’s extensive knowledge of truck driving as well as operations. In his younger years, he worked at Towry Cotton and Grain in the Kirkland Community and enjoyed fishing at the lake with his dog, Peaches in his spare time. As Bill grew older, he enjoyed riding his Harley, spending time with the family and friends, and pursuing his interest in fast cars. He was a member of Fayetteville Elks Lodge #1792. Bill passed away on June 24, 2020 in Huntsville, AL.

Survivors include his son, William Shields Towry, II of McBurg, TN ; granddaughter, Etta Brynn Towry of McBurg, TN; sister, Linda (Hugh) Overton of Dothan, AL; brother, Burt (Suzanne) Towry, of Franklin, TN; nephews, Michael Lane and Jacob Towry, and niece, Lindsay (Carter) Hawkins.

Visitation with the family will be from 12 PM until time of service on Sunday at Higgins Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

Higgins Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of William Shields “Bill” Towry.

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Schedule of Services
  • Service Location
  • Higgins Funeral Home
  • Visitation
  • Date: June 28, 2020
    Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Service
  • Date: June 28, 2020
    Time: 2:00 PM