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Frank Lelsie Gowen Jr.

October 14, 1934May 13, 2020

Frank Leslie Gowen Jr., 85, of Lynchburg, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. He was the loving husband of the late Janet Lawhorne Gowen.

Born on October 14, 1934, in Nelson County, he was the son of the late Frank Leslie Gowen and the late Lona Bryant Gowen.

Frank retired from Quality Foods after 40 years of service.

In addition to his parents and wife, he is preceded in death by his siblings, Evelyn Hanks, Lucille Cofflin, Bernice White, Fred Gowen, and Lilla Smith.

Frank is survived by his two sons, Les Gowen, III and wife, Ann and Daniel Gowen and wife, Etta; three grandchildren, Emerson Gowen, Elex Gowen, and Emma Gowen.

Due to the current restrictions with the coronavirus, a memorial service will be held at a later date.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Frank Lelsie Gowen Jr.

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Peggy Kent

May 21, 2020

Danny and family,
I am so sorry to hear that your Dad had passed away. My first husband's parents both worked with Frank and Les at Quality Foods for many years and Rosabell Tweedy still speaks fondly of them both.

Tommy Crouch

May 19, 2020

I knew Frank all my life living on Cabell St. A kind gentle man that always called me Tommy hawk. I grew up with Les and Danny, childhood friends are the best. My heart goes out to the family in this loss.

Barbara Murrell

May 18, 2020

Leslie and Danny,
I have such great memories of Uncle Frank's quick sense of humor and silly jokes. He was one of the funniest people I've ever known. I'm so sorry for your loss, but he is reunited now with all the loved ones who went before him. Love to you both, Barbara

Shawn Morris

May 17, 2020

I will forever have a space in my heart for this dear man. Frank I think I adored you from the first day you walked into the grocery store and wiped your feet on that rainy day. I have never met a kinder soul and more loving person. I will forever miss our long talks, hugs and just the mere presence of you. I love you Frank.

Ken Overstreet

May 17, 2020

I loved Frank. I spent many hours sitting with him and talking about nothing. I sure do miss him.

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