My very good friend was Harry Gowens from Hokes Bluff,
AL. He passed away on Jan 23. Here is a copy of his
obit. I hope it will help you.
Harry Glenn Gowens
Harry Glenn Gowens, 81, of Pensacola Beach, passed away January 23, 2006.
Harry was born in Hokes Bluff, AL. He played football in college for Washington & Lee University, and was a paratrooper in World War II. He received a Purple Heart for his actions. Harry moved to Pensacola in 1960 to open Apex Auto Parts. He later opened Ladybird Auto Parts and Clean Auto Parts as well. Through the years he often referred to himself as the "Junk Man".
For over 30 years, Harry lived on Pensacola Beach surrounded by many friends, supporting the place he loved most. He even offered his residence to use as the first Pensacola Beach Elementary School. Harry also developed a large portion of the eastern half of Pensacola Beach. Many remember when he owned the notorious Junk Yard Coffee Shop on Pensacola Beach. His famous pastime was smoking pork butts with his good friend, Wally Pecevich. It was a rare occasion when there was an event on Pensacola Beach that did not feature "cooking by Harry and Wally". Though he had a reputation as a unique and interesting character, he was also known for his generosity to others.
Harry served on the Santa Rosa Island Authority from 1992-1995 during which time he donated his monthly stipend to the Pensacola Beach Elementary School.
Harry was crowned the first King of the Krewe of Wrecks, as Mardi Gras began on Pensacola Beach in 1980. The Santa Rosa Island Authority also honored him with the Spirit of Pensacola Beach award on August 3, 2005. It was the first time ever that this award was bestowed on anyone. It will be difficult to find someone that loved Pensacola Beach more that Harry Gowens.
Harry is survived by his sister, Verna Talley; his son, Glenn Gowens and his wife, Pam; his daughter, Joanne Faddis and her husband, Noel; along with five grandchildren, Meghan Gowens, Matt Gowens, Chad Gowens, Bill Harvey and Scott Harvey.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hattie and Wallace Gowens, as well as brothers, Lane, Grady, Billy, Ott and Hugh Gowens.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. at Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mack Strange officiating.
Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
The family would like to express thanks to the staff at Baybreeze Nursing & Retirement Center, Covenant Hospice and the many friends who have given him support over the past year.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Harry's name to Pensacola Beach Elementary School.
Also, this site has good information on military personell:http://aad.archives.gov/aad/
You can even look up names of Civil War.