Elizabeth "Lib" Freeman Bowers

September 1, 1928June 14, 2021
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Elizabeth F. “Lib” Bowers, 92, a resident of Brookdale Assisted Living in Central, SC, entered into eternal rest on June 14, 2021. She was born in Piedmont, SC on September 1, 1928, to Esley and Nettie Freeman. She was the widow of Bill G. Bowers, Sr. Lib was mother to six sons, Gaines Bowers Jr. (Mary Ann) of Lincolnton, NC, Michael Bowers (Ella Mae) of Wellford, SC, Ed Bowers of Seneca, John Bowers (Phyllis) of Easley, Phillip Bowers (Marsha), of Six Mile, and George Bowers (Crystal) of Six Mile. She and her beloved husband raised their children with love and devotion in Six Mile, SC. Lib and Bill met while working in a textile mill and they were married on July 3, 1948. Her primary vocation was as a mother and homemaker, and she used her secretarial skills in a number of Pickens County offices, from which she was retired, and at Lawrence Chapel United Methodist Church in Central, SC. She was an excellent cook, a gifted seamstress and enjoyed needlework. Loving her family was her greatest joy. In addition to her sons, she is survived by her brother, Curtis Freeman, her grandchildren, Michael N. Bowers, Charles Bowers, Jonathan Bowers, and Elizabeth B. Brewer, her great grandchildren Payton Bowers, Luke Bowers, Julia Bowers, Annabelle Brewer, Cayden Brewer and William Brewer, and a host of nieces and nephews. She will be fondly remembered by many friends, young and old, far and near. In addition to her husband of 69 years, she was predeceased by her parents, her brothers, James Freeman and W.T. Freeman, her sister Clara F. Rushton, and her grandson, Michael Hill. The family will hold a reception from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Pickens, SC on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, followed by a Service of Death and Resurrection at 2:00 p.m. conducted by The Reverend Mr. David Taylor and The Reverend Mike Bowers. Burial will follow in The Hillcrest Memorial Park, 2410 Gentry Memorial Highway, Pickens, SC 29671. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bill G. and Elizabeth F. Bowers Endowed Scholarship Fund at Spartanburg Methodist College, 1000 Powell Mill Road, Spartanburg, SC 29301, to Grace United Methodist Church, 309 Cedar Rock Street, Pickens, SC 29671 or to a charity of one’s choice. Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Bowers family. Online condolences may be sent to


  • Bill G. Bowers, Sr, Husband (deceased)
  • Esley Freeman, Father (deceased)
  • Nettie Freeman, Mother (deceased)
  • B. Gaines Bowers, Jr. (Mary Ann), Son
  • Michael Esley Bowers (Ella Mae), Son
  • Edward Daniel Bowers, Son
  • John Lesley Bowers (Phyllis), Son
  • James Phillip Bowers (Marsha), Son
  • George Keith Bowers (Crystal), Son
  • Curtis Freeman, Brother
  • Michael N. Bowers, Grandchild
  • Charles M. Bowers, Grandchild
  • Jonathan C. Bowers, Grandchild
  • Elizabeth B. Brewer, Grandchild
  • Payton Bowers, Great-Grandchild
  • Luke Bowers, Great-Grandchild
  • Julia Bowers, Great-Grandchild
  • Annabelle Brewer, Great-Grandchild
  • Cayden Brewer, Great-Grandchild
  • William Brewer, Great-Grandchild
  • James Freeman, Brother (deceased)
  • W.T. Freeman, Brother (deceased)
  • Clara F. Rushton, Sister (deceased)
  • Michael Hill, Grandchild (deceased)
  • She also leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews. She will be fondly remembered by many friends, young and old, far and near.

  • Charles Bowers, Active Pallbearer
  • Jonathan Bowers, Active Pallbearer
  • Michael Bowers, Active Pallbearer
  • Wally Brewer, Active Pallbearer
  • Tony Rogers, Active Pallbearer
  • Connie Bowers, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Luke Bowers, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Cayden Brewer, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Don Brooks, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Cary Freeman, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Stanley Freeman, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Bob Medlin, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Tommy Orr, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Stanley Owens, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Melvin Watson, Honorary Pallbearer

  • Bill G. And Elizabeth F. Bowers Endowed Scholarship Fund at Spartanburg Methodist College
  • Grace United Methodist Church


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 16, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, June 16, 2021


Elizabeth "Lib" Freeman Bowers

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Will Reid

June 16, 2021

I am Lib's great-great nephew and though far off in the family tree, Lib was truly like a grandma and friend to me. A few years ago, when Lib moved to Brookdale, I found out she was right down the road from where I live so I was able to start visiting her weekly to play and sing hymns and visit. More recently my girlfriend Julia was able to join me in visiting her and they grew a special bond as well. It was my joy and privilege to get to know her better during the final years of her life and I will never forget the memories I was able to make with her. A few weeks before her death I was able to visit her home town, Grove Station, and take some pictures to bring back to her. It was priceless to see the look on her face as she reminisced about the place she grew up. Her memory was sharp all the way up to her death and though bound to a chair most of the time, she truly was a strong lady. It was a joy to watch her interact with the other residents at Brookdale and she was undoubtedly an instrument of God as she ministered to them. I know she missed Bill and wanted so bad to see him, but it was obvious to me why God chose to keep her around just a few more years past his death. I was saddened to find out she had passed away because I had just left a day before to fly to Arizona for the summer. I wanted so bad to see her just one last time and at least be in town for her funeral but God is sovereign in his timing. To all the closer family, I send my prayers. Julia and I love you Lib and you will be missed dearly, but I am confident through Jesus's finished work on the cross that we will see you again soon so instead of "Goodbye" I will rather say, "Until we meet again."

"The only scars in heaven, they won't belong to me and you
There'll be no such thing as broken and all the old will be made new
And the thought that makes me smile now even as the tears fall down
Is that the only scars in heaven are on the hands that hold you now"

-Scars in Heaven by Casting Crowns

Stanley and Sandra Morgan

June 15, 2021

Stanley and I are so sorry to hear about Lib, our years of attending Lawrence Chapel United Methodist Church together were a blessing, she was a very sweet, loving christain lady, I loved her and admired her christain values, she will surely be missed. Heaven has gained an angel 😇❤🙏🏻

Nancy Hodge

June 15, 2021

May god give the family peace at this time
I’ll miss her smile and our talks

Nancy hodge

Sally Cameron

June 15, 2021

Lib has been a special blessing to my life.
Love and prayers to her family.
Always, Sally

Janet Riggs

June 15, 2021

Our deepest condolences. Please know that your family is in our prayers.
Cort & Janet Riggs

Dawne Howard

June 15, 2021

Chuck and I were saddened to hear of Mrs. Bowers' passing. What a wonderful life she experienced. Our prayers and thoughts are with her family. Special thoughts to Mike, our pastor at Jacksons Grove UMC. Your memories will help you in the days to come. Much love, Dawne and Chuck Howard. Landrum S.C.

Bob Bowers

June 15, 2021

Such sweet memories... as one of the nephews, my memory of her sweet voice as she shared in the midst of relaxed family gatherings... always must have held a special place in the hearts of many who met “my Aunt Lib”! And it wouldn’t matter the subject or topic of conversation - her voice carried a ‘tenderness‘ that was unmistakable. Of course, I was blessed to get to hear her sweet voice often since my brother Bert & I enjoyed growing up not that far from our cousins close in age to us - the younger 3 of 6, John, Phillip & George... So, although we’d have a plan as cousins to enjoy our times of fun together, these family get togethers were always consistently complete when we’d experience hearing stories from the past as our parents shared before, during or after a meal. Without fail, the consistent opportunity to be in the presence of Aunt Lib was a blessing when we’d just get to hear her talk... with her unique, soft, tender voice that expressed a special love for all. I thank GOD for blessing her with that voice of tenderness and blessing all of us who received that blessing from GOD as Aunt Lib crossed our path during this part of her life journey here on earth.

Yes indeed, heaven just got sweeter. I believe my Uncle Bill would be adding... “a lot sweeter!”

Love & prayers for all who miss her and
Praise GOD for the special heavenly reunion with Jesus. AMEN!

Jerry Madden

June 15, 2021

It was such a joy to grow up with the Bowers boys, living just down the road and spending school days together. Mr. & Mrs. Bowers were Godly people who did well in raising their children.
My condolences on your loss, Heaven gets sweeter daily.
Pastor Jerry Madden