Mrs. Bowden attended Morton Memorial Methodist Church and was an avid reader for 96 years. Mrs. Bowden lived with her daughter Margaret Anne Thomas for 5 years before going to Sheltering Arms in January. She left the sheltering arms of the Roberts’ family in Palmer to rest in God’s sheltering arms.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband Mr. Charles Upton Bowden; her parents John Cheatham Reaves and Mary Ellen Reaves; brothers and sisters Lewis Reaves, Carl Reaves, Kenneth Reaves, Wryas Reaves, Ina Mae Ramsey Clark, Roger Reaves, and Ralph Reaves.
Survivors include her children Upton Beall Bowden III and his wife Wanda of Fort Wayne, Indiana, John Wayne Bowden and his wife Arvillene of Norfolk, Virginia and Margaret Anne Thomas, and her husband Kenneth of Tracy City, Tennesssee; grandchildren Tyson Thomas, Anna Disser, Lauren Floyd, Beth Maybach, Amy Bowden, John Bowden and Upton Beall Bowden IV; 13 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family will meet at 11:00 A.M. Monday, July 2, 2012 at Warren Cemetery in Pelham for a graveside service with Brother Danny Coffelt officiating.
The family will receive friends Sunday, July 1, 2012 from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Sheltering Arms Post Office Box 26 Palmer, Tennessee 37365.
Arrangements by Cumberland Funeral Home