James W. "J.W." Fowler of Waterford, Mich., died Nov. 26, 2006, at age 79.
Fowler was born May 18, 1927, in Ash Flat to Merle and Mable Fowler.
He and his wife, Deloris (Hatman), recently celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Mable (Dominic) Doot of Farmington Hills, Mich.; three brothers, Lehmann Fowler of Brinkley, Ark., Gilbert (Terry) Fowler of Ash Flat, and Keith (Carol) Fowler of Cherokee Village; three sisters, Peggy Jean Kissinger of West Plains, Mo., Syble (Wilbur) Nicholson of Sherwood, Ark., and Freda Jean Godwin of Searcy, Ark.; a sister-in-law, Claudia Fowler of Sears, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a stepmother, Freda Fowler; and a brother, Waymon Fowler.
An Army veteran, Fowler served in the post-World War II occupation force in Berlin.
He joined the Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Police Department in 1953. He remained with the department until 1982, serving as chief of police from 1969-1974 and as deputy director of public safety until 1982.
Fowler was a long-time member of Bethany Baptist Church of Waterford, Mich. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening, and loved to share his bounty.
The funeral was held Nov. 30 at Bethany Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. James E. Bolin Jr. officiating. Interment followed at Crescent Hills Cemetery in Waterford.
Memorials contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society or Bethany Baptist Church in Waterford.