OBITUARY

Fred T. Bowers

December 22, 1928May 30, 2018
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Fred Tillman Bowers, Jr. 89, of Greenville, GA, passed away, Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Piedmont Newnan Hospital.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, June 8th at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30241. Visitation will precede the service, 9:00 – 10:45 am at the same location. A private burial will follow the service at a family cemetery in St. Marks, GA. Memorials may be made to Corinth Road Personal Care Home, 1141 Corinth Drive, Newnan, GA 30263 or to Best Friends Animal Society at www.bestfriends.org .

Fred was born December 22, 1928 in Tallassee, AL, to Fred Tillman and Emma Mae (McDonald) Bowers. He graduated from West Point High School in 1946 where he was named West Point High School’s IRON MAN as a three-sport letterman. After playing Semi-Pro baseball 1947-1949, he served in the U.S. Navy from January 1951-September 1954. He was assigned to the USS Sicily during the Korean War. After the war Fred attended Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn University) and graduated in 1957.

Fred began his coaching career at Pike County High School, Brundidge, AL in 1958. He coached for 32 years in four different states – Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. Coach Bowers fondest memories were of the many players he coached over the years and their success as grown men. Many of his players went on to get football scholarships at numerous colleges and universities because of Coach Bowers.

Fred is survived by his wife Betty Hipp Bowers, three sons, Fred Tillman (Buck) Bowers, III and his wife Deborah of Auburn, AL, Mark Turner Bowers and his wife Terry of Madison, GA, his daughter Emily Bowers of Vero Beach, FL Wesley Seale Bowers and his wife Vanessa of Frisco, TX., sister; Mildred Sims Also, his six grandchildren; Rowdy Bowers, Dillon Bowers, Brady Bowers, Bancs Bowers, Bailey Bowers, and Turner Bowers. He is preceded in death by his parents Fred and Emma Mae, sisters Margaret Bowers Beville and Florence Bowers.

Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com.

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636

  • FAMILY

  • Betty Hipp Bowers, Wife
  • Fred Tillman "Buck" and Deborah Bowers III, Son
  • Mark Turner and Terry Bowers, Son
  • Emily Bowers, Daughter
  • Wesley Seale and Vanessa Bowers, Son
  • Mildred Simms, Sister
  • Rowdy Bowers, Grandchild
  • Dillion Bowers, Grandchild
  • Brady Bowers, Grandchild
  • Bancs Bowers, Grandchild
  • Bailey Bowers, Grandchild
  • Turner Bowers, Grandchild
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Steve Francis
  • Tommy Carmichael
  • Allan Byars
  • Bruce Gheesling
  • Beach Foster
  • Juddie Farr
  • Cooper Gunby, Honorary Bearer

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends Friday, June 8, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Service Friday, June 8, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Jo Clark

June 15, 2018

Mr.Fred could tell the best jokes. Loved animal's I always looked forward to him and Mrs.Betty coming into the clinic knowing I was going to get a laugh. My deepest sympathy to Mrs.Betty and her family love you

Erina Mcafee

June 6, 2018

To the Bowers family it was my pleasure to take care of your father. I will truly miss him. The way he would smile and laugh. And most of all when he would call my name. I Truly love Fred. All my Love Erina McAfee.

Tina Milsap

June 5, 2018

Mark and family,
Thinking of you in your time of grief.
Your Dad was always so nice to me at GHS. And, always helpful when I was Pep Club President to keep us cheering on our Red Raiders.
God bless you is my prayer.
Tina Milsap

Janie Carmichael

June 4, 2018

Dear Betty, Buck, Mark, Emily, Wes and families,
Coach was so very special to us and we will always carry him in our hearts as stories from all of the years are told and retold. He had a special bond with T. , as you know always over football and T. looked forward to the phone calls and those bracket mailings as long as Coach was able. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Betty, God will be with you always.
We love you,
Tommy, Janie, and T.

Hyla Stonebraker

June 3, 2018

I loved to see that smile when I walked into work. Fred lived at the assisted living I work at. He was a joy to br around and will be missed alot!!!

John Gran

June 2, 2018

Mrs. Bowers, Buck, Mark, Emily and Wes,

The entire Gran family would like to send our deepest sympathies and prayers to the Bowers family for your loss of the greatest Coach, Father and Friend that many have been blessed to know. Coach Bowers is in Heaven preparing the way to someday reunite with his beloved family. He is pain free and spent his time on this Earth as well as any man. I am certain that God has him under his wing and is lauding him with praise for the great job and deeds he did on this Earth. It's such a blessing to have spent a big portion of my childhood with the Bowers family. I will never forget the respect and admiration I have for Coach and the entire family. I was never lucky enough to be coached by Coach Bowers, but he was and is an unforgettable role model for me, and for that I thank Coach and the entire Bowers family. My deepest sympathies for each of you as you endure the grieving process. However, this will pass and you will emerge to celebrate the great life and legend that Coach has left behind.

God Bless and Rest in Peace, Coach,

The Gran family

Hank Williams

June 1, 2018

Betty, Buck, Mark, Emily and Wes,
God bless you all on the loss of Coach. May he rest in peace and enjoy the reunion he's having up in Heaven! I love you all and Coach, and all that you did for me as a young man, high school football player, and someone forced to give up the game he loved.
Coach could "hit all my buttons" and drive me to be my best, and there wasn't a time I felt he didn't care about me and all my teammates! If they have Butt Em Up drills in heaven, he's tooting his whistle right now.
I know he has been in declining health, and I am certain he is now free of all that ailed him.
I look forward to seeing you all next week, and I only wish it was under different circumstances.
Much love.
Hank

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Biography

Fred Tillman Bowers, Jr. 89, of Greenville, GA, passed away, Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Piedmont Newnan Hospital.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, June 8th at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30241. Visitation will precede the service, 9:00 – 10:45 am at the same location. A private burial will follow the service at a family cemetery in St. Marks, GA. Memorials may be made to Corinth Road Personal Care Home, 1141 Corinth Drive, Newnan, GA 30263 or to Best Friends Animal Society at www.bestfriends.org .

Fred was born December 22, 1928 in Tallassee, AL, to Fred Tillman and Emma Mae (McDonald) Bowers. He graduated from West Point High School in 1946 where he was named West Point High School’s IRON MAN as a three-sport letterman. After playing Semi-Pro baseball 1947-1949, he served in the U.S. Navy from January 1951-September 1954. He was assigned to the USS Sicily during the Korean War. After the war Fred attended Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn University) and graduated in 1957.

Fred began his coaching career at Pike County High School, Brundidge, AL in 1958. He coached for 32 years in four different states – Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. Coach Bowers fondest memories were of the many players he coached over the years and their success as grown men. Many of his players went on to get football scholarships at numerous colleges and universities because of Coach Bowers.

Fred is survived by his wife Betty Hipp Bowers, three sons, Fred Tillman (Buck) Bowers, III and his wife Deborah of Auburn, AL, Mark Turner Bowers and his wife Terry of Madison, GA, his daughter Emily Bowers of Vero Beach, FL Wesley Seale Bowers and his wife Vanessa of Frisco, TX., sister; Mildred Sims Also, his six grandchildren; Rowdy Bowers, Dillon Bowers, Brady Bowers, Bancs Bowers, Bailey Bowers, and Turner Bowers.
He is preceded in death by his parents Fred and Emma Mae, sisters Margaret Bowers Beville and Florence Bowers.

Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com.

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636