Robert J. Nowlin, 22

Iraq war veteran

August 20, 2008|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Army Spec. Robert John Nowlin Jr., a veteran of two tours of duty in Iraq and a former Pen Lucy resident, was killed Monday in a roadside accident near Savannah, Ga. He was 22.

"We're not sure exactly what happened. He had some trouble with his car and then pulled off the highway. He got out of the car and was hit by another car," his father, Robert John Nowlin Sr., a well-known Pen Lucy neighborhood activist, said yesterday. "He was taken to Savannah Memorial Hospital, where he died."

Specialist Nowlin, who was stationed at Fort Stewart, Ga., at the time of his death, was born in Baltimore and raised in Pen Lucy.

"He often accompanied me to various neighborhood meetings," his father said.

After graduating from Northern High School in 2003, he enlisted in the Army and served for 14 months in Iraq.

During his high school years, Specialist Nowlin sang with the Baltimore City Police Choir. He also enjoyed playing the drums and harmonica.

Specialist Nowlin was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church, 4103 Old York Road, where a memorial Mass will be offered at 6 p.m. Monday. Plans for a military funeral in Georgia were incomplete yesterday.

Also surviving are his wife of a year, the former Markita White of Savannah; his mother, Erlene Nowlin of Pen Lucy; a brother, Justin Nowlin of Baltimore; two sisters, Elaine Davis of Baltimore and Shera Nowlin of Baltimore; and two stepsisters, Della Myers and Branda Bethea, both of Baltimore.

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