Linda Joyce (Burks) Bowles

October 20, 1943April 1, 2021

Linda Joyce (Burks) Bowles, born October 20, 1943, passed from this life into Heaven on April 1, 2021. Preceded in death by her father, Rev. Silas Burks; her mother, Goldie Charlotte Burks; her sister, Juanita Mullins; and her brother, Otis Burks. Surviving siblings are Jerry Burks and Toshiko, OH; Geneva Deering, WV; Larry Burks, NC; Garry Burks and Cheryl, TX; and Rosetta Gilbert and Edward, NC. Surviving family include her husband of 60 years, Philip R. Bowles of Beckley, WV; daughter Teresa Adams and husband Edward of Beckley, WV; daughter Marsha Naylor and husband Joseph, Richmond, VA; and son Philip Randall Bowles and wife Joy of Oceana, WV. Grandchildren are BJ Adams and wife Kassie, Cassandra Merkle and husband Donnie, Stephanie Greer and husband Dale, Josiah Bowles, and Hadassah Bowles. Great grandchildren include Caedmon Adams, Jennifer Merkle, Connor Miller, Madison Merkle, Claire Miller, Allison Greer, Tony Merkle, Colton Merkle, Josilyn Merkle, and Lilliana Greer. She also had many nieces and nephews, along with church family, that loved her as their own. She was a long time member of the Oceana Church of God and currently called the Beckley Church of God her home. She taught adult & young adult Sunday school for 20 years for various congregations. She enjoyed her family and took pride in all her grandchildren & great grandchildren. She traveled & sang with her family gospel singing group “The Bowles Family” for 25 years. She was also a member of various church choirs. She was a loving spouse, mother, sister and best friend, and we can’t wait to be reunited with her in our Heavenly Home. The family will receive friends on Monday, April 5, 2021 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at Beckley Church of God. Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 pm at the church with Pastor Harold Newsome officiating. Burial will follow the funeral services at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Bluefield. Honoring Mrs. Bowles as pallbearers will be Scott England, Brian Sexton, Levi Lambert, Kenny Wray, Gary Huffman and Kevin Green. In accordance with the current CDC guidelines, the family and the staff of Blue Ridge Funeral Home ask that those who attend the services wear proper facial coverings and practice social distancing at all times. Online condolences may be made to the family at


  • Scott England, Pallbearer
  • Brian Sexton, Pallbearer
  • Levi Lambert, Pallbearer
  • Kenny Wray, Pallbearer
  • Gary Huffman, Pallbearer
  • Kevin Green, Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Monday, April 5, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, April 5, 2021


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Sharon Marlow

April 2, 2021

I remember Linda and her family from many years ago. We used to have them over for homemade pizza on Saturday nights. Sometimes we would visit with them my parents would play cards til late. Thanks to facebook I was able to make contact with her and family after many years. My heart goes out to the family.