David Morrow Bowden

October 2, 1970February 27, 2013

David Morrow Bowden, age 42, of Athens passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. He was born in Decatur, Alabama, on October 2, 1970, and moved to Athens with his family shortly thereafter. David grew up in Athens and graduated from Cedar Shoals High School in 1989 where he was a member of the Cross Country team. He later graduated from the University of Georgia with an A.B. in History.

David was a life-long member of Covenant Presbyterian Church where his Father served as the Minister. He was very active with the youth ministry and youth athletic program for many years. Upon completion of his A.B. degree at UGA, David served as a Volunteer of Christian Mission in Bridgewater, England. He then served on the denominational staff for the Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, followed by serving as the Youth Director of the First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo, Mississippi. David then moved to Atlanta where he worked as a Talent Relations Manager for the WCW. During this time he met and later married Lindsey Sullivan, and they moved to Athens. David continued to serve with his wife Lindsey at Covenant Presbyterian Church where he was an Elder and a youth group leader. At this time he was employed at Athens Regional Hospital. David later earned his M.B.A. from the UGA Terry College of Business. Then David and Lindsey moved to Memphis, Tennessee where David and his business partner were owner/operators of several Zaxby’s franchises located in Northern Mississippi and NW Arkansas. During their stay in Memphis, David and Lindsey were blessed with the birth of two children: Thomas, age 4 and Natalie, age 1. While continuing to operate the Zaxby’s franchises, David and his family returned home to Athens to live. He resumed active membership in Covenant Presbyterian Church and served on the Stewardship and Finance Ministry Team as well as the Youth Renovation Team.

David is survived by his parents, Jim and Jere Bowden, wife Lindsey, son Thomas, daughter Natalie, brothers Bill (Eydie), Mike (Sandra), Steve (Deedee) and their families.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Athens on Monday, March 4 with the Reverend Mark Harper and the Reverend Beecher Matthes officiating. There will be a visitation and reception immediately following the service in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that contributions in memory of David be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1065 Gaines School Road, Athens, GA 30605, or the Montreat Conference Center Campground, Montreat, North Carolina.

Online condolences may be offered at

Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


  • Memorial Service Monday, March 4, 2013

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Larry Calvert

March 30, 2013

Im Deeply sadned by this news Dave was truly one of the best people I have ever met. You will be remembered for your warmth and dedication to the Desoto County Youth. In the last 5 years that Ive known you and called you friend I never saw someone with so much desire to there craft. Every team I have ever coached in the last 5 years that Zaxbys has been apart of are truley greatfull. Thanks for all of the inspiration and memories. With all my love and prayers to the Bowden Family. Sincerly Coach Keith

David Taylor

March 22, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about your ;loss. I knew David from our days at Cedar Shoals and was always amazed at what a great soul he was. He will be missed

Vincent Shen

March 17, 2013

David, You are a wonderful and warm person to be around. Miss the days we had at UGA campus, class of 2005 MBA.

March 15, 2013

Jim, Jere and family, we were shocked to receive word of David's death. He was one of those vibrant young men you don't forget. We especially remember him as our dependable paper deliverer. You certainly have our love and prayers at this difficult time. May God's love surround you and give you peace. Paul and Bobbie Scott and all the boys

March 5, 2013

Lindsey, Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. Your friends at the Church Health Center

Ton, Tamara, and Elliott Stam

March 5, 2013

Dear Jim and Jere and family, and Beecher and friends from Covenant Presbyterian Church,
David's memorial gives us a glimpse of the man he became, and tells us that he continued to be the loving and fun and hardworking person we remembered from his youth during our time in Georgia. We are deeply saddened by the news of his death, and for your grief and loss. May God comfort and protect you all and watch over Lindsey and the children. You are in our thoughts and prayers. With love, Ton, Tamara, and Elliott Stam

Neil Orand

March 5, 2013

Your family is in my thoughts. David was always very thoughtful and loving.

Fran Perrault-Strong

March 5, 2013

Jim & Jere,

My hearts breaks for you and your family. Sending thoughts and prayers to you.

Mary Berry

March 5, 2013

Jim and Jere, We grieve with you the loss of your dear David at such a young age. Please know Joe and I are here for you and that you, Lindsey, the children and your sons are all in our prayers for comfort and healing. I know it's hard to believe right now but know that Love conquers all. We love you.

Joe and Mary Berry

Chad & Lauren Brown

March 4, 2013

Lindsey and Bowden Family,
I'm very thankful for the time I was able to spend with Dave and having him a part of my life. He was a friend from the start and will always remain in my memories. He loved life and his family dearly. My heart goes out to all the family and may God give you strength and love. We will keep you in our prayers and know that we are here for anything you need.