ForeverMissed

This memorial page was created to honor the memory of Lloyd Thomas Fowler, known to friends and family simply as Tom. He was a wonderfully kind-hearted and honest man who worked hard for his family. He loved his wife, children, and grandchildren with all of his being and left a lasting impression in the hearts and minds of those he loved. 

 

If you have a memory of him, please share so that we may all be warmed by memories of his love and laughter. 

Posted by Nicole Stiles on August 19, 2013
The 11th Anniversary of your passing came and went...and I barely noticed the date for the first time since you passed away. I'm not sure if that's a good thing, or not. I felt guilty, not because I'd forgotten you, because we both know that could never happen, but because for the first time in 11 years I allowed life to carry on and didn't sink into oblivious mourning. (Part 1 of 2)
Posted by Nicole Stiles on August 19, 2013
Oddly, I felt like you'd be proud of me. You would have wanted us to carry on; to laugh, love, and live as before. You never wanted anyone to make a fuss over you, which always made me love you even more. I just wanted to take a moment to write a few words to say I still love you and miss you every day... but I'm okay. For the first time in 11 years...I'm okay. and so are you. (2 of 2)
Posted by Tiffany Stiles on August 15, 2013
Today marks 11 years. God I miss you so much. I cannot count how many time I wish you were here. I wish I could hug you, I wish I could sit in your lap and fall asleep while you read one of your big books. I remember one time asking you how you read those, they were so big to me, I couldn't understand how you could get through a book that size. I love you, forever. <3
Posted by Anita York on August 15, 2013
Well, today it's been eleven years. I still cry when I think about my husband of over 41 years--the father of all my children! I'm remarried, now, and have been for almost 8 years, and my sweet present husband understands my tears whenever Tom comes to mind and tears come to my eyes. Does the pain ever go away????
Posted by Anita York on July 17, 2013
It's almost 11 years, now, since Tom went from us. I still remember that night in the ER. Oh, so many times he had cheated Death, but that night . . . Tears fill my eyes, still, when I think about it. It was so heartbreaking! He is gone, but not forgotten. Oh, I wish he hadn't had to go!
Posted by Nicole Stiles on August 15, 2012
Today marks 10 years since you passed from this place. I still think of you every single day, without fail. I remember the stories you told me, the lessons you taught...some spoken, some shown through your own good grace and character. I miss you every day.
"Our love can even reach across eternity.....I believe."
Posted by Tiffany Stiles on August 15, 2012
I cannot believe it's been 10 years. I wish you were still here so much and my heart is still broken. They say time heals all wounds but time only helps you learn how to deal with the pain. There have been so many times that I've wished with all my heart that you could come back, even if just for a day. I love you grandpa and I miss you constantly, cannot wait to see you again someday.
Posted by Tiffany Stiles on January 19, 2011
To my grandfather, I miss you every single day. It's been 8 years since you went home to God and it's still so hard. I will love you forever, and I will never forget you. You were the most amazing man in the whole world. I love you and will always miss you, no matter how much time passes. Love always, Tiffany

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Posted by Nicole Stiles on August 19, 2013
The 11th Anniversary of your passing came and went...and I barely noticed the date for the first time since you passed away. I'm not sure if that's a good thing, or not. I felt guilty, not because I'd forgotten you, because we both know that could never happen, but because for the first time in 11 years I allowed life to carry on and didn't sink into oblivious mourning. (Part 1 of 2)
Posted by Nicole Stiles on August 19, 2013
Oddly, I felt like you'd be proud of me. You would have wanted us to carry on; to laugh, love, and live as before. You never wanted anyone to make a fuss over you, which always made me love you even more. I just wanted to take a moment to write a few words to say I still love you and miss you every day... but I'm okay. For the first time in 11 years...I'm okay. and so are you. (2 of 2)
Posted by Tiffany Stiles on August 15, 2013
Today marks 11 years. God I miss you so much. I cannot count how many time I wish you were here. I wish I could hug you, I wish I could sit in your lap and fall asleep while you read one of your big books. I remember one time asking you how you read those, they were so big to me, I couldn't understand how you could get through a book that size. I love you, forever. <3
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He sang to me...

Shared by Nicole Stiles on January 19, 2011

My grandfather sang to me....so many silly little songs. I'm not sure I remember them all... but I remember a lot of them, and now I sing them to my children. They say, "Mommy sing us the songs your Grandpa sang to you!" and I know which ones they mean. From "Greasy grimy gopher guts" to "Goodnight Irene" we go through the list.... and then we do it again. 

I feel very blessed to have so many wonderful memories of my Grandfather. He was the most amazing person, and so influential on my young life. So much of what I learned about patience, kindness, strength, honor, and love came from that man. There literally isn't one single day that passes without a thought of him. Everything reminds me of him, in one way or another. I know that he is still with me, that he watches over me, that he directs me in some unseen way. "There are more than angels watching over me... I believe."  

Sleepy days with Grandpa

Shared by Tiffany Stiles on January 19, 2011

 I remember doing this a million times as a child. I would be tired and grandpa would be reading in his recliner. I'd crawl up on his lap and sleep on his chest for however long I wanted to... Sometimes I wouldn't sleep I'd just lay there and listen to his breathing, or ask him a million questions about whatever book he was reading. I know this isn't a memory for just me, all of us did it, it was always our favorite spot. I miss him so much it's unbelievable. I thought this was supposed to get easier and I still feel my heart breaking every time I think about him. He was the greatest man in the world. The best grandpa anyone could ever ask for. Everyone that knew him felt blessed to know him. He was an angel from God, and he was my grandpa.

 I also remember sleeping on the glass tray that he put on his wheelchair. Anytime we were out running errands, at church, grocery shopping. It happened so often that he'd bring my blanket because he knew I'd fall asleep.

 The biggest memory I have of my grandfather is that he was always there. For everyone. He had the biggest heart.

 I will miss you forever, I will hold onto the memories till I'm old and gray and can't remember my own name anymore. I will love you always.