Doyle C. Tow, 80, went to be with the Lord on August 8, 2007. He was born on June 30, 1927 in Eastland, Texas. He lived in Conroe, Texas since 1952. He was our inspiration, mentor, and role model.
His love is mirrored in his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret and Joe Tow, brother Donald Tow, and his son, Randall Doyle Tow. He is survived by his wife, Coye Ann; daughter, Pam Markham and husband, Jeff; grandson, Kevin Markham and wife Cindy, their children Mason and Coyann; grandson, David Markham and wife Kathy and their daughter Baylee; son, Rodney Tow and wife, Linda, granddaughter Lauren Tow, grandson, Christopher Tow; and daughter Patricia Perry. He is also survived by Randall’s wife, Melinda, and Randall’s two sons, Paul Tow and Patrick Tow.
Doyle attended school in Morton Valley, Texas and graduated from Eastland High School. He joined the Navy after graduation, serving in the Philippines. When he returned, he married his long-time love, Coye Ann Thompson. They were married sixty one years and nine months. Doyle attended Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas and then worked for Lone Star Gas in Athens, Texas.
He chose Conroe as the home of his family and foundations of his business life. In 1952, Doyle and Ann opened Conroe’s first Dairy Queen where he picked up the nickname “Tow Burger.” Later, they entered into the real estate business, developing subdivisions and shopping centers including Oak Hollow subdivision and Crossroads II Shopping Center.
Doyle previously served as Conroe City Councilman and as president of the Conroe Board of Realtors. He was a lifetime member of the Montgomery County Fair and a past president of the Conroe Jaycees. He is a member of the April Sound Church.
After he retired from real estate, he began his next career building boat stalls on Lake Conroe. Those who knew him learned of his skills as a craftsman. His favorite hobby, hunting, led him into custom building rifles from scratch, skillfully cutting, grinding and shaping wood and metal into beautiful handmade guns. He loved to build with his hands and his heart. He provided family and friends with unconditional love and gave everyone that extra special love and guidance which comes from a deeply caring heart.
Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. with services beginning at 12:30 P.M. Visitation and services will be at Cashner Funeral Home and burial will be in the Garden Park Cemetery. Those desiring may make donations to the American Diabetes Association, 2400 Augusta Drive, Suite 420, Houston, TX 77057 in his memory.