Wilton Baylis Fowler

June 5, 1929January 18, 2018

COLUMBIA Mr. Wilton Baylis Fowler, Jr, passed away Thursday, January 18, 2018, at the age of 88. Born June 5, 1929, in Spartanburg, S.C., he was the son of Wilton B. Fowler and Maude A. Pearson. The family moved to Bennettsville during his senior year of high school. Wilton attended Furman University, earning a degree in voice. He loved his years at Furman, making many life-long friends and developing a life-long love of music. His love of singing began with a decision his mother required of him as a young boy. She had him choose between piano lessons or voice lessons. Neither excited him, but he chose singing. Of the many things he enjoyed in life ¬¬– tennis, bridge, Scrabble – singing was always on top. Wilton also got much joy out of singing with the Palmetto Mastersingers for many years. He joined the U.S. Navy after graduation from Furman, serving aboard the USS Bairoko and the USS Rendova. He mustered out in Long Beach, CA where he met Carol Jean Medvec while singing in the church choir. After Wilton got a job with the USO in Boston, they married. Later they moved to New York and then back to Spartanburg, S.C. Wilton and Carol had three children. Carol died of a brain aneurysm in 1965. After her death, Wilton moved to Columbia and earned a Masters in Counseling at the University of South Carolina. He then went to work at the South Carolina Employment Security Commission as head employment counselor. Wilton met and married Barbara Groom in 1968. They had one child. Wilton is survived by his wife of 50 years, Barbara; brother, William P. Fowler; children Michael Fowler, Karen Shevenell (Joe), and Julie Webster (Larry); grandchildren Michael (January) and Max Fowler, Alex, Spencer, and Nic Webster, and Isaac and Miriam Shevenell; great-granddaughter, Juniper Grace Fowler; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Carol Medvec and his son, Steven Andrew Fowler. Memorials can be made to Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church, 530 St. Andrews Road, Columbia, SC 29210 or the Presbyterian Community of South Carolina 2817 Ashland Road, Columbia, SC 29210. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 22, 2018 at Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church, with burial in First Presbyterian churchyard. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo, is assisting the family.


  • Visitation

    Monday, January 22, 2018

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, January 22, 2018


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Tonya Coble

January 24, 2018

I'm so sorry for the loss of your father. Just wanted you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I hope your beautiful memories give you peace and comfort in the days to come.
Tonya Huggins Coble

Betty Doggett

January 22, 2018

So sorry to hear of Wilton's passing. I will be unable to attend service due to Ron Billington's family being here today and tomorrow, but please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. With sincere sympathy,

Tom and Daisy Eden

January 21, 2018

Much love to your family at this time of mourning. May your faith and your memories sustain you.

Juli Hancock

January 20, 2018

Prayers for your family.

Fletcher Spigner III

January 19, 2018

The Spigner Family expresses its sincere condolences. We are very sorry. What a great man.

Brent Garvin

January 19, 2018

Dawn and I were saddened to hear of your loss. Please know that we will keep you and the family in our prayers. Baylis, huh, never knew what the B. stood for. The secret is out!

Susan Powell

January 19, 2018

Barbara and family,
Our prayers are with you.

Susan Powell