Brian Rayvon Bowden

July 17, 1971January 13, 2013
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Brian Rayvon Bowden, 41, of New Bern, went to heaven, Sunday, January 13, 2013. Brian was the loving husband of Judith Bowden and precious son of Gerri Thompson. He is also survived by his step-father, Tommy Thompson, sister, Carrie Bowden Freed, step-brothers, George Bowden, III and Shane Bowden, a loving family and special cousins, Ronnie Lee and Eric Hardison. Brian was a member of Broad Street Christian Church and he worked for City of New Bern in the parks and recreation department. Brian is a bright light that will never fade in our hearts. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 pm Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at Cotten Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at Cotten. Burial will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park.


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 15, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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Peni Andrews

January 10, 2014

Judith this tragedy has no explanation we can understand, love of God and belief are what hold us together in these moments, months and years ahead. My prayers and love are with you. Brian, may you rest in peace. Judith you have our love, Peni and noelle Andrews in disbelief.

Evs O'Steen

September 30, 2013

Brian I still miss you Bud! Thought it was supposed to get easier!

Tim + Donna Deering

January 24, 2013

There are no words to truly express how deeply sorry we are for this terrible tragedy and great loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you.
With our deepest sympathy, Tim and Donna Deering

Jo Ann Jones Canady

January 19, 2013

My prayers and thoughts are with you Gerri and the family. I am so sad to hear about Brian. I remember babysitting him with Shayne. I have often thought and wondered how he and Carrier were doing. Much love and hugs.

Mary Blankenship

January 19, 2013

All my love to you and your family Gerri.You are all in my prayers and will be in the days ahead.God be with you now and always.Brian was a special person and will be missed by many.

Ron (Sonny) Oliver

January 18, 2013

I am so very sorry, for the loss of a good man. Brian, and I were the very best of friends. He was more than a friend to me. He was a brother. We enjoyed fishing together, more than anything. To hear the news has broken my heart. Brian was the best kind of person, you would ever want to meet. He was a very caring, and true person. He often thought of others, before himself. I know the world has lost a very good person, but heaven has gained a mighty angel. I pray that God is with the family, during this difficult time. I know we're supposed to be comforted in the fact, Brian has gone to a better place.I hurt so very bad. I am so very sorry this has happened, to such a great guy. I wish we had stayed in touch, a little more after I moved away. I am at a total loss for words. I can only pray that God gives us the strength we need, to continue on. I know that one day, we will meet again. Until then, God bless your soul, Brian. We all love, and miss you.

Doug Canney

January 17, 2013

This saddens me greatly, Brian was a great guy. Sorry I didn't get to see him on my last trip home. We were friends for many years.

Doug Canney

January 17, 2013

Man, I hate reading this, Brian and I go way back. He used to go see my band play back in the early 90's. We both loved bikes and I see he had gotten a new one. I haven't seen B in a couple years because I moved away for my job. He was an awesome, hard working, genuine dude, all his life and I feel privileged to say I was his friend. Ride on my old friend.....

debbie coward

January 17, 2013

So sorry to hear about this. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

January 17, 2013

Gerri, My heart goes out to you at the loss of your son. May God comfort you and the family as only he can. Prayers are with you. Sharon Brinson