Former teacher commemorated after death

Maddie Hamalian

Edgar (Eddie) Fowlkes, retired Decatur High School (DHS) graphic arts teacher, baseball coach and cross country coach, passed away two Fridays ago on April 25, 2016.

But the community hasn’t forgotten him.

His former baseball players, cross country runners, students and co-workers, and his community of faith took time to show their reverence for Fowlkes.

About 20 runners went to Winnona Park to honor Coach Fowlkes. Many of them were coached by Fowlkes either in baseball or cross country.
Photo courtesy of Kate Bellamy
About 20 runners went to Winnona Park to honor Coach Fowlkes. Many of them were coached by Fowlkes either in baseball or cross country.

The commemorations began last Wednesday, April 13, with the obituary in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Then on Thursday, April 14, the DHS baseball team honored Fowlkes at their senior night.  Before the game started, a speech was given, and during the third inning, they held a moment of silence.

On Saturday, April 16, about 20 people gathered at Winnona park to run together in his memory.

Jason Bellamy, one of his former cross country runners and baseball players, organized the run for 8 a.m. Many came in their old cross country shirts and ran a 5k together.

Later that day, Fowlkes’ memorial service was held at North Avenue Presbyterian Church, his home church.

Hundreds gathered at North Avenue Presbyterian Church to honor Fowlkes.
Photo by Maddie Hamalian
Hundreds gathered at North Avenue Presbyterian Church to honor Fowlkes.

Hundreds gathered in the sanctuary at 11 a.m. The array of people who came gave testament to Fowlkes’ influence; former coworkers, former students, church youth, church adults, black and white, old and young came.

Two of Fowlkes’ long time friends, Steve Powell and Chris Billingsley, spoke about how their lives were impacted by Fowlkes. They each shared funny memories and sad ones.

Despite his death, the community surrounding him has shown they won’t forget him.