Annie Sue Bowers

January 21, 1932March 5, 2019

Annie Sue Bowers, age 87, passed away quietly at her home in Birmingham, Alabama surrounded by her family on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Annie Sue (Chandler) Bowers was born in Athens, Limestone County, Alabama on January 21, 1932, the seventh of nine children born to Earl and Sallie (Birdwell) Chandler of Athens. Sue grew up in Limestone County and in Athens. She graduated from Athens Bible School and Freed Hardeman College in Henderson, Tennessee. Sue and her husband AI knew each other from the seventh grade, attended both schools together and were married on October 1,1954. This past October, they celebrated 64 years of marriage - a remarkable achievement in this day and age. After raising her own family, Sue returned to Athens College to complete her Bachelor's Degree in Education and for over 25 years, she was an elementary school teacher, touching the lives of countless students in the Decatur, Alabama area. Sue was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Alma Brackeen, Esterleen Brackeen, and Vernice Cagle; and two brothers, Arlie Chandler and Everett Chandler. Survivors include Sue’s husband, AI; her son, Kerry (with his wife Nancy) from Birmingham; her daughter, Phyllis Casey (and her husband Frank), also of Birmingham; three grandchildren, Andrew Bowers (and his wife Rachel) and David Bowers (and his wife, Ashley) from Birmingham, and Margaret Arwood (and her husband, Michael) of Atlanta, Georgia; and the absolute apple of Sue’s eye, her great-grandson Benjamin Bowers, son of Andrew and Rachel. Survivors also include two sisters, Doreen Dunnivant and Elaine Conn; and one brother, Earl Chandler. Sue was a faithful and dedicated Christian and a lifelong member of the Church of Christ. She and AI spent most of their years living and working in Decatur, where she worshipped with both the Somerville Road and Danville Road congregations. In her later years, as her health declined and as she and AI needed more support from family, they moved to the Birmingham area, where she lived out the last 10 years of her life. She was a member of the Vestavia Church of Christ and attended faithfully up to the point her health would no longer allow. The family will greet friends at a visitation on Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. at Ridout’s Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, Alabama. Friends will also be greeted from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, March 8, 2019 at Roselawn Funeral Home in Decatur, Alabama, immediately followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. at the funeral home’s chapel, Decatur. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Decatur, Al.


  • Visitation Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, March 8, 2019

Annie Sue Bowers

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Linda Speegle

March 12, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of sorrow . Mr. Al and Mrs. Sue lived across from us on Thomas Dr. SW
Decatur, Al for many years and taught my children at West Decatur Elementary. Many memories of our Rook Club each month .
May God comfort you at this time 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Roger and Linda Speegle

Kelli Gordon

March 8, 2019

Just a few words to say how much I thought of Aunt Sue. She was always very kind and sweet to me and my family. I always enjoyed the holidays and being around Al, Sue, Kerry & Phyllis. It is sad that things have to change so much as we get older. But we all have our own lives and families that keep us busy. My husband David always thought so much of Sue, and that she made him feel so welcome when he joined our family. We will always have the memories of Days Gone Bye. Love to all the family, you will be in our daily prayers for the days ahead!
David & Kelli Gordon
Athens, AL