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 .

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.

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


  • 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

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


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

Fred T. Bowers

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Frank Fryer

August 24, 2018

Many fond memories of Coach Bowers and his beautiful Betty from days in my hometown of Brundidge, AL. I was his stat man for the 9-1 football season of 1959. He was my basketball coach for the 1960 Dixie Athletic Conference champions, and the 46-43 upset of top ranked Enterprise in our District Tournament.
Coach was a good man, and related very well with his players and assistants.
I just learned of his passing by seeing his name in the latest issue of Auburn Magazine.
Our prayers and sympathy go to Betty, the children and grandchildren. May God bless each of you.
Frank and Wynnette (Caldwell) Fryer

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.



To Fred T. Bowers, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, he was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around him, he seemed to be eternally happy, and he willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life he touched. For Fred, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. Fred really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

Fred was born on December 22, 1928 at home in Tallassee, Alabama. His parents were Fred and Emma Mae. Fred was raised in West Point, Georgia. Even as a child, Fred had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around him. He was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. He couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. He was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, he succeeded in entertaining his entire family.

Fred was raised with three sisters, Margaret, Mildred, and Florence. Always a good playmate, Fred was easygoing and fun loving. He managed to lighten the mood wherever he was, even during family squabbles. He seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house.

As a child, Fred possessed an outgoing personality and a lively imagination that allowed him to be constantly on the go. As a result, Fred experienced an active childhood, and this suited him very well. He played basketball, baseball, and football and was a Boy Scout. His true passion was playing all sports while growing up.

Ask anyone who knew him from school and they would tell you that Fred was a class “cut-up.” He didn’t do it to be unkind or to garner all the attention. Rather, Fred simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of his friends and acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for Fred, grades may not have been the most important thing to him, but he really did enjoy his school experience. Fred graduated from West Point High School in 1946. His favorite class in high school was P.E. Fred was the captain of the football team.

Fred reveled in his college years, where his imagination could run free. He was usually found at the center of things, whether it was during class or in extracurricular activities. He was able to discover new and different ways of answering problems and creating unusual and different solutions. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn University) and graduated in 1957.

Fred never actually encountered a stranger in his dealings with people. He was drawn to individuals and crowds, using his gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate his audience. This quality allowed Fred to continually develop new relationships, ever widening his circle of friends. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Fred was always comfortable around people. Fred utilized his interest in others as a great way to connect with them. While growing up, some of his best friends were James Haralson and Jerry Dean.

Fred loved sharing life and having his home filled with people he knew.

On June 14, 1950 Fred exchanged wedding vows with Betty Hipp at LaGrange First Baptist Church of LaGrange, Georgia. He tried hard not to impose on his spouse. He was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

Perhaps the reason Fred related so well to children was the fact that he never really completely grew up himself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped him in raising his own children. Fred was blessed with four children, Fred III (Buck), Mark, Emily, and Wesley. They were also blessed with six grandchildren, Rowdy, Brady, Dillon, Bancs, Bailey, and Turner. Fred had the ability to focus his attention on the present moment. If he was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of his attention was directed. He could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Fred had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.

Fred had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and his enthusiasm and energy were often contagious. These traits made him an outstanding high school football coach. When dealing with various projects and problems, Fred was an adaptable realist, using his common sense and trusting his experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Fred's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around him to see Fred as an excellent problem solver, superb football coach, and teacher. 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’s 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 him.

Fred was also a U.S. Navy veteran serving his country from January 1951-September 1954. He was assigned to the USS Sicily during The Korean War. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of 3rd Class Seaman.

Fred enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuit was golf.
Fred felt excited and challenged by sports. Even if he wasn’t the best, Fred loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition

and the pleasure of being around other people. Fred relished the opportunities where he could make an impact, and he would often push himself to play above his abilities, the same way he pushed his players. In high school, Fred played baseball, basketball, and football. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports whenever he got the opportunity.

Fred was always ready to join in the fun and add his flair and energy to an organization. Because of his personality, his humor, and his ability to get along with everyone, Fred's service was greatly valued by the organizations to which he belonged. Throughout his later years, Fred was an active member of the Kiwanis Club.

As a generous person, Fred often found himself involved in activities he deemed important. His charitable, kind and giving, qualities made him a natural volunteer. Politically, Fred was a member of the Republican Party.

Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Fred recognized that his faith was vitally important to him and his family throughout his life. He was a member of West Point Baptist Church while he was growing up. Fred loved the Lord and was an active Christian throughout his life.

Naturally outgoing and generous, Fred was regularly doing things for others. For him, the gift of giving to others was second nature. Though he never set out to gain individual recognition, Fred was given accolades for his many and varied accomplishments throughout his life. Fred was a member of the Georgia Athletics Coaches Association. He received several prestigious awards including: Football Coach of the Year (1963), Track Coach of the Year (1964), Football Coach of the Year (1971), Who's Who in National High School Athletics (1973-1974), Alabama National High School Football Coach of the Year, All-Star Award, and The Birmingham News - member of All-Star coaching staff Alabama High School.

It is no surprise that he loved to travel and to visit new and different places. He was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. He was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included

going to Panama City Beach with his family.

Fred loved animals and cherished his pets, especially his dogs. Fred also raised a duck.

In retirement, he found new pleasure in golf and a starter of Callaway Gardens. Even in retirement, Fred continued to stay in touch with his old friends and, since he'd never met a stranger, he

made plenty of new acquaintances as well.

Fred passed away on May 30, 2018 at the hospital in Newnan, Georgia. He is survived by his wife, Betty and his four children. Services were held at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary in LaGrange, Georgia. Fred was laid to rest in McLaughlin-Hamby Cemetery in Greenville, Georgia.

Fred brought joy to all of those around him. He loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. He loved to share his energy, wit, and his zest for all of his activities with his friends and family. Fred T. Bowers lived life to its fullest and made everyone around him happier just for knowing him. He will be remembered with a smile.