Funeral Saturday for Jimmy Fowler

Funeral services are scheduled this weekend for Jimmy Fowler. The exact cause of the Jackson businessman's death Wednesday has not been revealed. He was 87.

Fowler was a pioneer among Mississippi automobile dealers. He secured a Buick franchise from General Motors in 1953 and opened a dealership on South State Street in Jackson. It remained there until last year, when operations were consolidated in Rankin County.

Fowler also owned the Highland Village shopping center and several apartment complexes.

He was praised for his generous spirit.

"He was big in this community," said Larry Cruise, general manager of Fowler Buick-GMC-Pontiac. "Not only did he give his money, but he gave his time. Not only is he going to be missed by us at Fowler, but all of the people of the metro area."

Fowler founded Mississippi Junior Achievement, and he had been director of the local chapters of Boy Scouts of America, United Way and Goodwill Industries.

His funeral is scheduled for 11:00 Saturday morning at St. James Episcopal Church in Jackson.