Councilmember Melvin Fowler
Born in Welford, SC, Councilmember Fowler is the second of nine children. When he was five, Fowler's family moved to Inman, where he attended Ben Bomar Elementary School. After graduating from Mary McLeod Bethune High School, Fowler went on to earn a B.S. in engineering from SC State University (then called SC State College), as well as a commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the US Army.
Fowler served 24 years in the army, including 3 tours in Vietnam. He retired from the Army in 1985 as a research and development specialist involved with testing electronic equipment.
He took his engineering expertise with him to Rockwell International, in CA, where he worked his way up to a managing engineer, overseeing the work of 40 engineers. In this role, Fowler worked in the company's testing division for the B-1B aircraft, which the company manufactured for the US Air Force.
After working for Rockwell International for eight years, Fowler then went in to business for himself, running his own financial advisory and insurance agency. During this time, he also worked as a part-time university instructor.
In 2010, Fowler and his wife, Louise, moved back to the east coast to be near family. And, in 2012, they settled back home in Inman.
Fowler says, when he came back home, that: "I wanted to throw my hand in trying to better things by joining the city council. We have a very fine team here, and we've got some good things going for Inman."
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity – assisting with educational programs for children.
Spartanburg Southside Lion's Club – active in efforts to increase children's access to vision-related healthcare.
Zion Hill Baptist Church, Inman – member, active with men's choir and educational programs.
A Place to Live. A Place to Love.