January 29, 1941 – July 27, 2020
Juanita Fowler, 79, of Villa Rica, GA, formerly of Kennesaw, passed away peacefully on July 27, 2020. Juanita was born in Franklin, North Carolina on January 29, 1941 to the late James Verlin and Minnie Roper. She is preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Kenneth Fowler. Juanita is survived by her daughter, Sheri Fowler of Kennesaw; daughter Tamara Hurst of Acworth; daughter and son-in-law Karen and Jeff Carlyle of Bethlehem; grandsons Austin and Eli Hurst of Acworth. She is also survived by her seven siblings and their spouses, Joyce Roper of Marietta, Brenda Kuntzelman (Steve) of Eatonton, Lolita Whitton of Macon, Pat Massey of Monticello, Royce Roper (Sue) of Macon, Willard Roper (Mary Ann) of Ellaville, and Marvin Roper (Cindy) of Monticello as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The oldest of eight children, Juanita grew up in Monticello, Georgia where she excelled academically in school and graduated from Jasper County High School in 1959. After high school, Mrs. Fowler moved to Atlanta to attend Marsh Business School where she graduated with a degree in business administration. While in Atlanta, Juanita met and fell in love with Kenneth Fowler of Canton. They married May 27, 1960 and moved to Kennesaw, Georgia where they lived for over 40 years. Juanita became a Christian at a young age and was a member of Shiloh Hills Baptist Church.
From her lifelong love of teaching, she attended night courses at West Georgia in hopes of becoming a teacher. She began her teaching career as a parapro at Big Shanty Elementary. Mrs. Fowler eventually moved to working in the school’s office as the main administrative assistant. After 26 years, she transferred to Chalker Elementary. After over 30 years with the Cobb County School System, Juanita retired in 2000.
Juanita was a wonderful mother who dedicated her life to caring for and supporting her daughters. Over the years, she would always be found cheering on her daughters playing softball and rarely missed any events in which they were involved. In the 1970’s, Juanita was a pitcher on a local softball team in Kennesaw. And in the 1980’s, Juanita and her husband were members of a local square dancing team. Juanita was best known in her family for her delicious cooking and being the matriarch of the family which she loved dearly. She also enjoyed reading, bird watching, and traveling where she visited every state except Hawaii. Juanita was a fan of Georgia Bulldog football, Nascar, the Atlanta Braves, and the Atlanta Falcons. She also had quite the green thumb with her yard full of her beautiful flowers and plants. Her favorite holiday was Christmas, which was evident by the numerous beautiful Christmas decorations throughout her house in December.
Later in life, Juanita could be found on her ipad on Facebook, keeping in touch with her many lifelong friends. Her greatest joy was becoming Memama to her grandsons. They were the light of her life and brought her so much joy. She was blessed to have them spend most weekends with her where they formed a special bond.
Juanita will be remembered as a selfless mother, wife, grandmother, and sister who always put her family first. She had a quiet strength and was a constant encourager.
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Mary Ann Stanfield
August 8, 2020
Juanita and I met in February of 1977 at Big Shanty Elementary. I had taken a supply teacher position for eight weeks and she was the paraprofessional for that class. We worked closely together and became good friends.
Juanita was the best! She was loved by everyone and will be missed.
August 1, 2020
Juanita was a dear friend of mine at Big Shanty & Chalker for over twenty years. She would always have a smile on her face everyday to greet staff and students. She will be missed, my thoughts and prayers goes out to her family💕🙏
August 1, 2020
Juanita was a Beloved fixture at Big Shanty Elementary School for many many years. I was blessed to see her smiling face every day as I walked into school as the principal. My first year at Big Shanty Juanita shared the delicate and critical information which helped me to be successful with the community, staff and students. She was supportive and active in our endeavors to become B.I.G (Best In Georgia) Shanty. Juanita was my confidant, my shoulder to cry on, my rock, and my BIGGEST cheerleader! As I called her name out from my office.....which I sometimes did “Juanita”.... she’d come barreling down the hall with her pad and pen knowing exactly what I needed her to do… As We had MANY situations that required confidential memos ...... Juanita knew how rough things were for me the first year transitioning into a difficult situation. Your secretary is so important and I found that out in Juanita, she was reliable and my friend. Because of her we made the first year a great year and I will always be indebted to her for the support and love she showed me
I hope it comforts her family to know that she was loved as much as she loved by the community and the staff. I love you Juanita… Rest in peace sweet lady… You made a difference in many lives..... especially mine ♥️💋🙏
Painting of Big Shanty by Art teacher Margaret Wright
August 1, 2020
I worked with Juanita at Big Shanty Elementary. She was a joy to work with and a wonderful friend. We reunited at a Big Shanty Anniversary celebration. I am blessed to have gotten to see her and Ken. She will be missed. Prayers for her family.
July 31, 2020
You were the rock of Gibraltar at Big Shanty! Everyone loved & respected your kind & nurturing spirit! I have many fond memories of the times we shared at the Shanty, especially the laughter & hard work shared by you, Debbie Randazzo & myself! Those were the good old days for sure! Rest In Peace & know that you left this world a better place! God rest your soul! ❤️🙏💖☹️