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William Andrew Gowder
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  • Asbury-St. James United Methodist Church
    754 Rutledge Avenue
    Charleston, SC 29403

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“Good memories and shared words of God will always be my with me in my journey with Bill.A Great Christian Man.I miss Him.But I know where to find...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Rev.Tim Shaw - Charleston, SC

“Dear Dottie and Andy, I am so sorry to hear about Bills passing. I was out of town and didn't get home until Sunday. I was catching up looking at my...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Carol Wise - Charleston, SC

“I sang with the Charleston Chapter for several years. Not once did I ever encounter Bill without that warm smile and greeting he presented. The...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Chuck Pegram - GREER, SC

“Doris, so very sorry to read about your loss of Bill. We were students at James Simons, Rivers HS together in the 40's and 50's. Always...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Georgeanna kicklighter - SC

“So sorry to hear about Bill's passing so suddenly and unexpectedly. He was fun to sing with over the past 25 years. So sorry for you loss. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Richard Harris - Summerville

“Bill was a wonderful person that always had a smile on his face. I met Bill through Mended Hearts and always enjoyed chatting with him and his...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Bill Figard - Summerville, SC

“We will All miss our Devoted Friend and will Cherish his Conversations,Songs,and His Smile .Bill was My Friend ,and as his Pastor I feel honored to...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Rev.Tim Shaw - Charleston, SC

William "Bill" Andrew Gowder, 84, of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Doris Dear Gowder entered into eternal rest Wednesday, May 15, 2019. His Funeral Service will be held Saturday, May 18, 2019 in Asbury-St. James United Methodist Church, 754 Rutledge Ave. at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends Friday in the J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Bill was born March 21, 1935 in Gastonia, North Carolina, son of the late Paul Frederick Gowder and Pauline Allen Gowder. He moved to Charleston with his family when he was six months old and lived there the rest of his life. He grew up near Hampton Park, was a graduate of Rivers High School and attended Palmer Business College. Bill was a member of Asbury-St. James United Methodist Church and a member of the Society for the preservation and encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America for over 40 years. He was an active member of Mended Hearts at Roper Hospital. Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during the Korean War. He was also a member of American Legion Post 179.

Bill is survived by his wife of 60 years, Doris; son, William Andrew "Andy" Gowder, Jr. (Melinda) of Charleston, SC; brother, Paul F. Gowder, Jr. of Columbia, SC; three sisters: Evelyn G. Seebeck Marine of Aiken, SC, Barbara G. Taylor of Charleston, SC and Pat G. Campbell of Greenville, SC; and grandson, Whittaker Grey Gowder.

Memorials may be made to Asbury-St. James United Methodist Church, 754 Rutledge Avenue, Charleston, SC 29403.