Harold E Fowler
May 7, 1937 – August 28, 2019
HAROLD FOWLER, at the age of 82, passed into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, on August 28th, 2019, soon after sunrise.
He is survived by his wife Enid, their children, grand-children, great-grand children, and a vast family of Spiritual Brothers and Sisters from numerous tongues and nations.
On May the 7th 1937, Harold was born to Willis H. Fowler and Rita Fowler, while they were attending Johnson Bible College in Knoxville Tennessee. Raised by a christian family in a spiritual environment, Harold grew up studying the Bible and loved Evangelism and church planning.
In 1961, Harold was granted a theological degree in New Testament from Ozark Christian College where he started teaching Greek and Hebrew languages to better understand original biblical scriptures.
On January 16th, 1964, Harold and Enid Fowler decided to move to Italy with their children to begin their life-long journey as missionaries which lasted several decades and was graciously blessed. Harold's exceptional knowledge of the Italian language led to a unique ministry. He got involved in developing a publishing ministry in Italian by writing Bible study textbooks, full commentaries on Acts, Revelation, Hebrews and 1 and 2 Peter. In addition, he published three books of sermons for use by preachers in the local Italian churches. Harold translated "One Body" which is a book-length monograph promoting Christian unity. Furthermore, College Press published a four-volume set of commentaries in English on Matthew.
In recent years, Harold translated two distinguished books into Italian by other authors and collaborated with other colleagues to publish and distribute them to congregations throughout Italy.
Harold has written scores of detailed studies targeting specific topics requested by Italian leaders, and spent countless hours mentoring fellow believers.
The family rejoices in Harold's Christian legacy. His work and life will indeed leave an everlasting imprint for years to come.
Our family is deeply thankful for all the greetings, stories and blessings of all who knew Harold.
The Harold Fowler family
- Memorial Service Tuesday, September 3, 2019
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Coral & Lonnie Mings
September 3, 2019
It was our privilege to know Harold and Enid, as fellow missionaries. Our paths crossed at times over the 47 years we were missionaries, first in Japan, and then in Israel. It was always such a blessing to see them and to "reconnect". We appreciated Harold's wonderful sense of humor, and his scholarship, expressed so well in the books he authored. He will be greatly missed, but his work lives on, here, in Italy, and around the world--wherever his books are being used. Our deepest condolences to his wife, Enid and all of his family--especially beloved friend, Carrie. May the Lord Himself be your comfort in the days ahead, and draw you close to Him. Love to all, Coral & Lonnie
August 30, 2019
Matthew. Could not even name himself among the twelve w/o referencing from where Jesus saved him. And after years of study and preaching and writing about Matthew, Harold still teared up to report this about him.
When I had to write a paper about epistemology for Current Religious Thought class, I had no real idea what I was doing until I discovered Harold’s paper on the topic archived in the OBC library.
My favorite parts of newsletters from Harold and Enid were reports of answered prayers and God’s faithful ‘track record ‘.
I was so grateful for his diligence to reach across brotherhood barriers and so proud of my accapella heritage congregation who claimed him as one of their missionaries. Gene (Troy church elder) remembers an event when driving with Harold and a dust squall came up so fierce that Harold had to stop the car. And said,'this is really bad- we're gonna have to fly by instruments.'
To which Gene replied,
'Well you're gonna have to take care of that because I'm non-instrumental!'
Harold banged his head on the steering wheel and said, 'How'd I leave myself open for that one?'
This was so typical of the unending banter from these two word smiths.
It was so much fun to hear him match puns and word puzzles with us and our likeminded friends. Sometimes the only response was ‘Groan...’. Or ‘What???’
Harold was truly one of my greatest joys. Thank you My Friend.
August 30, 2019
Harold was a great brother in Christ. There are some people you get to know in life where your not sure of their genuineness towards our Lord. Not the case with Harold, he was sold out to Jesus through and through. Both Harold and Enid are great servants of the Lord. Harold in Heaven and Enid still here for now.