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Gernard Alard Gowdy

March 9, 1932 ~ August 12, 2019 (age 87)


Gernard Alard Gowdy, 87, passed away Monday early morning, August 12, 2019 surrounded by loved ones.

Gernard was a life long resident of Crawfordville, Florida, a member of the Pioneer Baptist Church in Crawfordville. He served in the US Army, 1952 to 1954 - Korean Conflict.

A Chef from 1954, started at Wakulla Spring and ended in 1999 @ Wakulla Springs with various restaurants in between. He was a people person that enjoyed meeting new faces and loved his family greatly.

Gernard was survived by son: Chuck Duncan of Crawfordville, Florida; daughter: Beverly (Roger) Savage of Crawfordville, Florida; brothers: Gilbert Gowdy, Richard Gowdy and Gerry Gowdy all of Crawfordville, Florida; brother n law: Joseph Amato; sisters: Christine Gowdy of Tallahassee, Florida, and Hellen Schweinsberg of Woodville, Florida, grandchildren: April (Hogan) Rester and Stacey (T.J.) Porter; great grandchildren: Corbin, Clint, Jaxson and Faith.

Gernard was preceded in death by his parents: Alard Leland (A.L.) Gowdy, and Lula Council Gowdy; his wife: Joan Amato; sisters: Eunice Long and Irma Welch.

Visitation at the Pioneer Baptist Church, Crawfordville, Thursday, August 15, 2019; 5:00-6:00 PM for family and 6:00-7:00 PM for friends; Service will be held at the Church, Friday, August 16, 2019, at 11:00 A.M. Gernard will be laid to rest following services, at Whiddon Cemetery in Crawfordville, Florida.

Family request that in lieu of flower to make donation to Big Bend Hospice.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Forbes Funeral and Cremation Services, 2758 Coastal Hwy., Crawfordville, Florida 32327. 850-926-4407 Please sign in on the website at

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August 15, 2019

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Pioneer Baptist Church, Crawfordville

Funeral Service
August 16, 2019

11:00 AM
Pioneer Baptist Church
486 Beachwood Drive
Crawfordville, FL

Please note
Gernard is to be laid to rest in the Whiddon Cemetery, Crawfordville, Florida, following funeral service.
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