Is Trey Gowdy the son of or related to celebrated broadcaster Curt Gowdy? If not who are his parents?
Learn about his parents, family members, and more in this article below along with his relationship with Curt Gowdy.
Is Trey Gowdy The Son Of Curt Gowdy?
To simply answer the question, no, the former congressman for South Carolina is not the son of celebrated sports broadcaster Curt Gowdy. Although Trey and Curt share the same last name, Curt who was 86 when he died in 2006 was around the same age as Trey’s father.
Are Trey Gowdy And Curt Gowdy Related?
Trey Gowdy was born in Greenville, South Carolina while he did his growing up in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Curt on the otherhand, was born in Green River, Wyoming, US as the son of Ruth and Edward “Jack” Gowdy.
Born in Green River, Wyoming, Curtis Edward (Curt) Gowdy moved to Cheyenne at the age of six. He was the state’s top scorer in high school basketball in the 1930s. He was the sports editor of his high school newspaper at a young age, demonstrating his early interest in media.
Curt enrolled at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, where he lettered three years in both tennis and basketball as a Cowboy as the 5’9″ (175 cm) starter on the basketball team. He belonged to the fraternity Alpha Tau Omega as well. He joined the army in 1942 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant after earning a degree in business statistics.
Curt intended to train as a fighter pilot, but his time in the Army Air Force was cut short by a herniated disk in his back from a prior sports accident, which resulted in a medical discharge in 1943. For several years, Gowdy would continue to experience chronic back pain.
Curt made his debut in broadcasting in 1943 after returning from his back surgery.
In September 1945, after living in Cheyenne for a while, he agreed to a job offer from CBS’s KOMA radio in Oklahoma City. He was hired largely to broadcast games of Oklahoma State basketball and college football for Oklahoma, which was then led by newly hired Bud Wilkinson (then coached by Hank Iba).
In 1947–1948, Curt called games for the Texas League Oklahoma City Indians on station KOCY in addition to announcing basketball and football on KOMA. Bob Murphy, an Oklahoma City sportscaster, took over for Gowdy when he announced in early 1949 that he was leaving Oklahoma to work in New York.
Talking about his married life, Curt married Geraldine (Jerre) Dawkins. The couple had three children: Cheryl Ann Gowdy, Curtis Edward Gowdy Jr., and Trevor Gowdy. Curt died at the age of 86 on 20 February 2006 in Florida after battling leukemia for years.
In conclusion, the sportscaster and his kids don’t seem to be related to Trey Gowdy, a politician. There is no proof that they are related in any way. The shared last name and their work in media are the only similarities that they have.
Trey Gowdy Parents
Trey Gowdy or Harold Watson “Trey” Gowdy III was born on 22 August 1964 to his parents Novalene Evans and Dr. Harold Watson “Hal” Gowdy, Jr, according to EthnicCelebs. His parents reportedly married in 1963 and have been happily married for 59 years as of January 2023.
Harold Watson Gowdy Sr. was Trey’s grandfather (the son of Simon Watson Gowdy and Cora Rickenbaker). South Carolina is where Harold was born. Benjamin Lawrence Gowdy and Adeline James had a son named Simon. Cora was the daughter of Pauline E. Able and Fuller Thompson Rickenbaker.
Edred Truesdale was the grandmother of Trey (the daughter of Charles Hill Truesdale and Bessie Florence Crouch). The parents of Charles were Laura Horton and Benjamin Trantham Truesdale. The Rev. John Calhoun Crouch and Cornelia Elizabeth Jane Sandifer were the parents of Bessie.
Tommie James Evans served as Trey’s maternal grandfather (the son of Jessie James Evans and Annie Elizabeth Mims). Originally from South Carolina, Tommie. Benjamin R. Evans and Martha Ann Cook were Jessie’s parents. Pinkney Wilson Mims and Mary Jane Floyd were Annie’s parents.
Jessie Lee Cox was the maternal grandmother of Trey (the daughter of John Richard Cox and Sara Jane Stone). South Carolina is where Jessie was born. William James Cox and Elizabeth Stone had a son named John. James Phillip Stone and Malinder Ellen Thomas were the parents of Sara.
Talking about siblings, Trey has three. He has three sisters named Laura Gowdy Smith, Caroline Gowdy, and Elizabeth Gowdy Abramson. Laura went to the College of Charleston after graduating from Spartanburg High School. Elizabeth, who is 51 in 2023, is a mother of two teenage sons and currently living in Charleston, South Carolina. Caroline is on Facebook but almost nothing is currently known about her.
What Else Do We Know About Trey Gowdy Family?
Coming back to details surrounding his parents, Trey’s father Dr. Hal Gowdy Jr. is a board-certified pediatrician in Charleston, South Carolina. He has a license to practice medicine in South Carolina. He completed his education at the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine in 1964.
In March 2011, Dr. Hal was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor in the state of South Carolina. It recognizes a person’s lifetime achievements and contributions to the state.
Hal spent three years as a student at the University of South Carolina. He then joined its medical school, from which he earned a degree in 1964. He completed an internship at Greenville Hospital before serving in the U.S. Air Force from July 1965 to July 1967 as a captain.
Hal relocated to Atlanta after his time in the Air Force to finish his pediatric residency at Emory University School of Medicine. He returned to Spartanburg after completing this program and joined The Children’s Clinic there. Prior to retiring in 1992 after 23 years of practice, he was a pediatrician.
Hal then relocated to Florence after retiring to take the position of Pee Dee District health director. He combined two districts successfully, increasing the immunization rate for kids in those two districts from 50% to more than 90%.
Hal was successful in reaching out to the community to establish public and private healthcare collaborations. He went back to Spartanburg after retiring as the health director.
Novalene, Trey’s mom, is a graduate of Winthrop University. She is currently retired and is 83 years old. She and her husband are currently residing in Spartanburg, South Carolina.