William Harper “Bill” Towery, Shreveport real estate icon and beloved husband, father, and step-father, died on Sunday, December 20th, 2020 after a courageous battle with Covid 19. Towery was 82. A lifelong resident of Shreveport, “Papa” was a pioneer in independently owned and operated residential real estate firms. Known for his thoughtful, trustworthy, steady demeanor and character, Towery provided hundreds of employment opportunities for those who worked with the Towery team.
After two years as a Phi Gamma Delta at the University of Oklahoma, Towery graduated from Centenary College in 1962. Following his subsequent service as a 1st Lieutenant in Military Intelligence in the United States Army, Towery returned to Shreveport in 1964 to begin his career at J. Wesley Dowling Real Estate. After 22 years at Dowling, Towery launched his own company – Towery Real Estate – which he ran until his retirement in 2012. Towery was Shreveport Realtor of the Year in 1992 and President of the Shreveport Board of Realtors in 1994.
A gifted artist, Towery loved painting and landscape architecture. He painted daily and could regularly be seen curating his self-constructed fountains, fishponds, and backyard gardens. Papa was a witty, funny, quirky and loving man. His loss will leave Shreveport and his family with an enormous deficit of kindness.
Preceded in death by his parents, Dick, Sr. and Harriet Towery, his brother Dick, Jr. and his son, William Harper Towery, Jr. Bill is survived by a family he adored: wife, Sue Towery, whom he loved unconditionally for 45 years, his daughter Stephanie Towery Hollis and husband Ted, son Michael Towery, step children, Sigrid Rasmussen Williams, Johnny Rasmussen, Paul Rasmussen and wife Ashley, and 14 grandchildren - Madeleine Hollis, Emma Hollis, Carla Hollis, Cassie Hollis Jeselink, Alisha Myers, Grace Williams, Lila Williams, PJ Rasmussen, Arden Rasmussen, and Luke Rasmussen, and great-grandchildren Jade, Brentlee, Bryce and Kambri, and Sister-in-Law Suzanne Towery and her son Alan Towery.
The Towery family would like to extend a special thanks to the extraordinary team of frontline caregivers who sacrificially served Papa for the past several months. That list includes: Sharon Sno, the nurses at Willis-Knighton North, WK-SICU, WK-MICU, 2 East, 3 West, 5 West as well as Dr. Le, Dr. Zhu and Dr. Sin.
The family will hold a graveside memorial at Forest Park Cemetery at 10am on Monday, January 4th. The service will be open to the public, and the family is encouraging everyone to wear masks and observe social distancing.
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