A private family service for Earnest Eugene Gowdy, 91, of Brownwood, will be held Saturday, Feb. 3 in the Davis-Morris Chapel with burial to follow at the Bluff Creek Cemetery in Taylor County.
 He died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 at the Brownwood Regional Medical Center.
He was born Aug. 8, 1926 in Lakeview, the son of the late James E. and Jewel Morris Gowdy. He later served in the U.S. Army and later in the U.S. Navy Reserves serving as a Sergeant and rifle marksman and a seaman.
He was married to Mary Louise Bigham on Oct. 18, 1952 in Abilene.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Gowdy of Brownwood; children, Carolyne Hart and husband Jay of San Antonio, Gayland Gowdy and wife Shelley of Brownwood; brother, Ronnie Gowdy of Livingston; three grandsons, Jeff Hart and wife Holly of New Braunfels, Geron Gowdy and wife Susannah of Corpus Christi and Grant Gowdy of Lubbock; and great-grandchildren, Charlee and Tye Hart.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Billie Frances Cook and Ima Ruth Hancock; and a brother, Morris Gowdy.