James Edward “Ed” Bowers, 91, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at his residence. Bowers was born March 23, 1923 in Wayne County and was the son of the late John McLaurin Bowers and the late Myrtice Mann Bowers. He was a member of Memorial Freewill Baptist Church. Bowers was a veteran of the United States Army having served in WWII and retired from ITT Rayonier. He enjoyed gardening and shared with everyone. Bowers was a loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather and most of all a true Christian. He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Merle Bowers, son, John Edward Bowers and brother, Emory Bowers.
Survivors include his daughters, Lois B. (Mike) Sutton of St. Simons Island and Sherry B. (Glenn) Stone of Baxley; sisters, Linda B. Barnette of Hanahan, S.C. and Cheryl B. Durbin of Devils Lake, ND; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Thomas and Ima Dean Herrin of Baxley, Frances Bowers of Elloree, S.C. and Betty Jean Herrin of Surrency; and six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 11 from Memorial Freewill Baptist Church with the Reverends Karl Sexton, Darrell Quinn, R.M. Warren, Virgil Carter and Jonathan Mann officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery with Military honors.
Active pallbearers were Josh Smith, Stone Bates, Brandon Dubberly, Bryan Weaver, Jeremy Bates and Logan Thomas.
Honorary pallbearers were Dell Teppenpaw, Phyllis Williams, Euna Foskey, Ruby Joiner, Spanish Oaks Hospice, Dr. Errol and Denise Graham, Larry and Pam Aspinwall, Curt and Bobbie McMillan, Gene and Beth Mann, Terry and Beth Rentz, Herbert Rentz, Mitchell Bryant,Jerry and Charlotte Mann, Buddy Cain, Rodney and Hazle Herndon, Susan Quinn, James and Joan Carter, Hilda McCall, Wanda Powell, the Rev. Ronnie Rentz and members of Memorial Freewill Baptist Church.
Visitation was on Thursday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Swain Funeral Home.
Music was rendered by James Carter, Freda Jones and Bryan Weaver.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.