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Carlton Fowlkes

Carlton Fowlkes died August 2 at the age of 70. He was born on September 1, 1951 in Newbern, Perry County, Alabama to Mr. Goree Fowlkes, Jr. and Mrs. Lula Mae Norfleet Fowlkes. Carlton was a kind and gentle spirit. He accepted Christ at an early age and joined Oak Grove United Methodist Church where he remained a faithful member for as long as he was able. Carlton attended the Perry County Schools. While in high school he worked diligently on the farm and was an excellent barber and worked at Mauldin’s Barber Shop in Greensboro, Alabama. He left high school and went into the workforce as a machinist at Advertising Metal Company in Chicago, Illinois. After a few years, Carlton moved back home to Alabama where he lived the remainder of his life. He regularly attended the Cahaba Mental Health and Rehabilitation Center in Uniontown and Selma where he expressed his creativity and talent as a superstar in track and field. He brought home numerous 1st place trophies from the Alabama Special Olympic Games in his sport of track and field. Carlton had a heart of gold and he loved everyone. If he met you once, he would never forget a name or a face. You would never hear him speak a negative word about anyone or anything. He liked being in nature, traveling to reunions, spending time with family and dancing. He faced many challenges throughout his life and with God on his side, he always came out victorious. Carlton was preceded in death by his father Goree Fowlkes, Jr. and one brother Frederick Fowlkes. He leaves to cherish his memories and celebrate his life: A loving and supportive mother, Mrs. Lula Mae Norfleet-Fowlkes, four sisters, Lelia Jarmon of Chicago, IL, Deloris Hunter of Tracy CA, Gloria (Michael) Hereford of Matteson, IL and Charlotte Karimah Fowlkes of Hoover, AL; four brothers, Harold (Laura) Fowlkes of Chicago, IL, Ralph (Loretta) Fowlkes of Newbern, AL, Steve (Valerie) Fowlkes of Dublin, OH, and Ronald Fowlkes of Stone Mountain, GA.; 17 nieces and nephews, 17 great-nieces and nephews, four great-great nieces and nephews and a host of cousins, neighbors and friends.