Tom W. Gowan, Jr.

June 2, 1927 ~ January 22, 2018 (age 90)

Mr. Tom W. Gowan, Jr., age 90, of the Pleasant Gardens community, passed away Monday, January 22, 2018 at the St. Joseph’s Campus of Mission Hospitals in Asheville.  Tom was born in McDowell County on June 2, 1927 to the late Tom W. Gowan, Sr. and Estelle Morris Gowan.  Tom’s father sold the land where Tom, Jr. and his brother John were born, the land where Lake Tahoma was built, to investors and was the game warden there for many years.  Tom loved the land where he was born and lived his life very much and enjoyed working around his home and hunting.  He was retired from the NC Department of Transportation as a bridge engineer.  Tom was a mason in the Mystic Tie Lodge #237 AF&AM Masonic Lodge in Marion.  His brother, John McDowell Gowan, preceded him in death.


Three nephews survive Tom; John Carson Gowan and wife Jeanna, Charles Stephen Gowan and wife Pat, and Clay Morris Gowan and wife Wendy, all of Marion.


A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Westmoreland Funeral Home in Marion.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to CarePartners Hospice and Palliative Care McDowell at PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.  

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