Frankie “Dee” Fowlkes

Frankie “Dee” Fowlkes, 63, of Sturgis, South Dakota, passed away May 9, 2013, at his home following a sudden illness. He was born November 16, 1950, in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, to Frank and Irene (Mowry) Fowlkes. The family lived in Hulett, Wyoming, Newell, South Dakota, and then moved to Sturgis in 1959.

Dee grew up in Sturgis, and excelled in basketball, graduating from Sturgis High School in 1969, and joining the Army National Guard. In 1970 he married his high school sweetheart, Catherine Tennis, and to this union came his son, Collin. Dee was a small-business owner, carpenter, and entrepreneur. He had a deep love for the Lord, and strove to continually grow in his walk with Christ. He was well known for his compassion and willingness to help anyone in need, and was quick to give an outstretched hand to friends and strangers alike. Dee was a life-long resident of the Black Hills, loved Sturgis, and enjoyed the company of Rally guests that were lucky enough to find space in his home or yard.

Dee is survived by his mother, Irene Fowlkes of Sturgis; ex-wife, and long-time friend, Catherine Brink of Spearfish, South Dakota; son, Collin Fowlkes and his wife Elise of Spearfish; grandson and light of his life, Terrel Benne of Englewood, Ohio; his brother, Chuck and his wife Ula of Sturgis; his sisters, Shirley Harris of Sturgis, and Ann “Toy” Molk of Billings, Montana. Dee is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and shared his love and compassion with many foster children.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frank.

Services were held Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at the Cross Roads Assembly of God Church in Sturgis. Interment followed at Moore Hill Cemetery in Hulett.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Terrel Benne Education Fund.

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