Capt. Benjamin Bernard Fowke, USN (Ret.)
VIRGINIA BEACH – Capt. Benjamin Bernard Fowke, USN (Ret.), 93, passed away December 12, 2017.
Born in Spartanburg, he was the son of the late Walter Bernard Fowke and Myrtle Bennett Fowke of the Boiling Springs community of Barnwell County.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Sara Johnston Fowke, born and raised in Kline; son, Benjamin B. Fowke Jr., of Ormond Beach, Fla.; two daughters, Betsy L. Lindquist (Dan) of Ormond Beach, Fla. and Joanie F. Newhart (Khosrow Matini, MD) of Mt. Vernon, Va.; three grandchildren, David Miller Jr. (Carmen), Miranda Fowke, and Michael Fowke; and a great-grandson, Edwin Martinez. He is also survived by nieces, Lynda Bechtold, Gale Sullivan, Angela Graham, Linda Fowke, and Holly Rimes; two nephews, Jay Hoyt Thompson and Philip McHugh; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and many beloved cousins. He was preceded in death by a son, Roger Fowke, and two grandsons, Joe Tennant and Nicholas Fowke.
He served for 33 years as a naval aviator, participating in the end of World War II, the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War. He flew in carrier squadrons on both coasts, plus Italy and Japan. In the Korean conflict, he served in the Navy’s first night attack all weather squadron. He served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Naval History Center in Washington, D.C. He served on numerous ships, including the Boxer, the Coral Sea, the Bennington, and made carrier landings on numerous other carriers. He was most proud of his assignment to Test Pilot Training School and subsequent tour as a test pilot at Patuxent River, Md.; and his tour as Commanding Officer of VRC-50, a large carrier transport squadron in Japan. He graduated from Barnwell High School, Wofford College, Auburn University, Naval Justice School, Naval War College, and Air War College. He retired with the rank of Captain.
Funeral services will be held at the Boiling Springs Presbyterian Church in Boiling Springs on December 28, 2017 at 2 p.m. with graveside services following at the Fowke Family Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Fowke Family Trust Cemetery Fund, 613 Stanton Drive, North Augusta, SC 29841.
Folk Funeral Home, Inc. and Crematory, Williston, is assisting the family with arrangements. Visit the online registry at www.folkfuneralhome.com.