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P02 Charles T. Gowan, Jr., Usn (Ret.)

January 1, 1937 — March 14, 2022

A beloved United States patriot, P02 Charles T. Gowan, Jr., USN (Ret.), passed away on the morning of Monday, March 14, 2022, at his residence.

In 1937, on New Year’s Day, Mr. Gowan was born to the late Charles T. Gowan, Sr. and Melba V. Buffington Gowan. Growing up, his yard was the neighborhood hangout spot and he enjoyed being the host. A proud 20-year veteran of the United States Navy, Mr. Gowan worked as a Prosthetic Dental Technician in Hawaii. In 1975, he moved to the Middle Georgia area and worked for another 20 years in Maintenance for the Holiday Inn until his second retirement.

To say Mr. Gowan was selfless, generous, and charitable would be an understatement. As a recovered alcoholic, he sponsored and helped many people turn their lives around through the Word of God. Mr. Gowan was a devoted member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Macon. He never met a stranger and was always willing to support anyone in need. Mr. Gowan lived a simple and humble life but had a heart of gold.

A shameless flirt, Mr. Gowan won people over with his quick-wit and funny jokes. He loved to laugh. He was a wonderful father and his children’s hero. Mr. Gowan was also a gifted artist, woodworker, musician, mechanic, and barber. His talents were truly remarkable and his memory will be cherished forevermore.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Gowan was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Carol Louise Salyer Gowan; siblings, Brenda Tucker and Patricia Gowan; and one grandchild.

He is survived by his children, Charles T. Gowan, III (Sandra) of South Carolina; Ken Froemming (Mary Ann) of Indiana; Kathryn C. Gowan Walker (David) of Blairsville; Chris Mills (Mike) of Fort Valley; and Beth Jackson of Lizella; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchild; one great-great grandchild; and sister, Judy Howard of Macon, Georgia.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 18, 2022 at McCullough Funeral Home. His memorial mass will be held privately at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Macon. Afterward, he will be laid to rest in Magnolia Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial donations be given in memory of P02 Charles T. Gowan, Jr., USN (Ret.) to the Catholic church of your choice.

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