Died: September 06, 2012
Fort Valley-Mildred Smith Bowden, 88, went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, September 6, 2012, after an extended illness. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 9, 2012, at 2:00PM at Bethany Primitive Baptist Church on Courtland Avenue in Fort Valley. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery following the service. Mrs. Bowden was born in Slocumb, Alabama, to the late J.W. Smith and Vitanna West Smith. She is preceded in death by her husband, J.V. Bowden, her son, Vernon Bowden, and her daughter, Jewel Bowden Andrews. She was a lifelong member of Bethany Primitive Baptist Church. In her younger years, she enjoyed owning her own upholstery business and teaching children in the Head Start Program. Her greatest joy in life, however, was raising her children and spending time with family. She is survived by her children, Janice Bowden Greer of Fort Valley, Barbara Bowden Ingrum of Fort Valley, and Victor Bowden of Macon, eleven grandchildren, twenty-three great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, as well as many beloved friends. The family will greet friends on Saturday, September 8, 2012, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Rooks Funeral Home, 213 West Church Street in Fort Valley. Rooks Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.