Ruth Vetanell Fowler, 73, of Surrency, died Sept. 3, 2011 in the Pavilion. Mrs. Fowler was born April 15, 1938 in Appling County to the late Barney and Elese Rentz Ahl. She was a member of Zion Church of God. Vetanell was a licensed cosmetologist and a Gospel singer for the Gospel Sunshine for approximately 24 years and was salutatorian for her graduating class of 1956. She was preceded in death by a brother, Ray Ahl.
Survivors include her husband, Dalton C. Fowler of Surrency; one son and daughter-in-law, Lee and Lori Fowler of Baxley; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Naomi and Pete Fowler, Sandra and Mike Spivey, all of Baxley and Dereta and Bernie Kent of Surrency; one sister-in-law, Linda Ahl of Talbott, TN; a special nephew, Ritchie (Gwen) Sharpe and children, Tadd and Lynn Sharpe; and three grandchildren, Caleb, Calyn and Caitlyn Fowler.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6 at Zion Church of God with the Revs. Stephen Statum and Ronnie Rentz officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Chad Kent, Colby Kent, Tim Ahl, Doug Jackson, Jessie Turner and Joe Edenfield.
Honorary pallbearers were all friends in attendance.
Musical selections were rendered by Pastor J. Stephen Statum, Pamela Statum, Shelia Kennedy and James Herrin.
Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.