Gilbert “Gray” Fowler, 83, devoted husband and loving father, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 11, 2021, at the Gordon Hospice House in Statesville, N.C., after a brief illness.

Gray is survived by his loving wife Bonnie and his three children, Sherri Petrilli (Chris) of Davidson, N.C., Laura Lewis (Steve) of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., and James Fowler (DeNeal) of Clemmons, N.C. In addition to his wife and three children, he leaves to cherish his memory, eight grandchildren, Dr. Andrew Petrilli (Lizzie), Allison Knox (Chandler), Audrey Petrilli, Savannah Lewis, Jonah Lewis, Grayson Fowler, Samuel Fowler and Lorna Fowler; and five great grandchildren, Leona Petrilli, Emery Knox, Ben Knox, Catherine Petrilli and Haddie Petrilli.

Gray was born in Surry County, N.C., on October 21, 1938, and was the son of the late James DeWitt and Ruth Fowler. He worked for Quality Oil Company for 48 years, and served tirelessly for his church, Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, and the West Iredell Ruritan Club. He loved his family, his church and his friends. He enjoyed spending time planting flowers and working in his yard. His love, devotion, kindness and generosity will be forever remembered and cherished for those who were blessed to know him.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church with Pastor Chris Fitzgerald and Rev. Gervase Hitch officiating. The family will receive friends following the memorial service.

Memorials may be made to Wesley Memorial UMC or the West Iredell Ruritan Club. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Troutman Funeral Home is serving the family.