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April 22, 2014

Gaynell Street Fowler

GRUNDY, Va. — Gaynell Street Fowler, embarked on her final flight, April 17, 2014. She was the first born of Frankie Mae McGlothlin and Willie Arthur Street of Grundy, VA. She is predeceased by two infant sisters, as well as siblings Victor Street, Raymond Street, Wanda S. Norris and Eugene Street. The oldest of ten children, she early learned the value of interaction, collaboration and familial skills. A freshman at Mary Washington College in 1935, she was one of four women in Buchanan County who pursued a college education that year.

Whatever the business, she utilized her talents to promote and support the endeavors initiated by her husband, Fletcher Boyd Fowler. Following his death (1996) she continued to maintain records for their farming, banking and mineral production interests.

Mrs. Fowler was a charter member of The Grundy Women's Club, represented Buchanan First Presbyterian Church in the Abingdon Presbytery and served as Treasurer of Women of the Church for over 50 years. She is remembered for her love of family, loyalty to friends, generosity to various entities, defense of all things Buchanan County and sage, uninhibited counsel.

She and Mr. Fowler were blessed with two daughters, Pamela Fowler and Dawneda (Hoyt) Williams, two grandchildren, Lucy Williams (Joe) Bowman, and Chip (Krissy) Williams; and two great grandchildren, Marjee Grace and Avery Nell Williams. She is survived by brothers, H.A. Street, Nicholas (Fay) Street, Dr. Russell (Connie) Street, sisters-in-law Jacqueline W. Street and Flora Z. Street, many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends and extended family.

Her family and friends will remember her vivacious spirit exemplified with grace and style, conviviality and generous hospitality.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests a charitable donation to: Buchanan First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1339, Grundy, VA 24614; Bay Presbyterian Church, 26911 S. Bay Dr., Bonita Springs, FL 34134; Buchanan County Y.M.C.A., P.O. Box 1450, Grundy, VA 24614; Appalachian School of Law, 1169 Edgewater Drive, Grundy, VA 24614; Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Ln., Naples, FL 34105.

Funeral Services for Gaynell S. Fowler will be observed at Buchanan First Presbyterian Church in Grundy, VA. Visitation is Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. The funeral is Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastors: Robert R. Tolar Sr. and John Anderson officiating followed by entombment at Mountain Valley Memorial Park, Big Rock, VA.

Active Pallbearers will be David A. Street, Robert D. Street, Phillip H. Street, Keith W. Street, Steven Street, Michael A. Norris, Benjamin A. Street and James H. Street.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Thomas R. Scott, Louis Holland, Dr. Douglas Jones, Dr. Laura Lenholt, Pastor John Anderson, James A. Fowler, Dr. Larry Shinn and Judge Keary R. Williams.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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