Margaret Elizabeth “Betty” Bowling, 90, of Jackson passed away September 5, 2018 at her residence. She was born January 9, 1928 to Herbert J. and Louise York Champion. She was very active in civic organizations in Jackson and was selected as the Jackson Citizen of the Year in 1992. She was also a member of the Woman’s Club and spearheaded the revitalization committee responsible for the transformation of the Lorenz McCrary House to the Chamber of Commerce and served on the Downtown Revitalization Committee. Her volunteer activities included Camp Rap-A-Hope and the Ronald McDonald House.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dr. Robert S. Bowling, Jr. and special friend, Annie Mae McMillan.
She is survived by her children, Robert S. Bowling, III, Ann Bowling (Frank E. “Happy”) White, Dr. Herbert C. “Champ” (Jenny) Bowling, Richard R. Bowling; grandchildren, Dr. M. Scott (Robin) Coleman, Dr. Ashley D. (Michelle) Coleman, F. Shaw White, Elizabeth Schell (Drew) Morgan, Evin Marie (Jennifer) Bowling, Margaret Lee “Maggie” (Chad) Dickinson, Ashley White (Eddy) Diaz and great-grandchildren, Russell Bowling Coleman, Mary Elizabeth Coleman, Matthew Scott Coleman, Brantley Ayden Dickinson, Champion Harbuck Dickinson, Allie Williams and Aniston Williams.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 7, 2018 at First United Methodist Church in Jackson with the Rev. Dr. Danielle May, Mac McCorquodale and Dr. Ashley Coleman officiating. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at the Bowling Family Cemetery in Leroy with Lathan Funeral Home directing.
Pallbearers will be Scott Coleman, Ashley Coleman, Shaw White, Evin Bowling, Kevin Taylor, Bo Coleman and Ray Beech.
Honorary pallbearers will be Betty Beard, Louis Finlay, Paul Waite, Mac McCorquodale and Dan Outlaw.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to FUMC Capital Fund, Pilots for Christ, Camp Rap-A-Hope or Ronald McDonald House.
Condolences may be offered at www.lathanfuneralhome.com.
As a youngster growing up in Jackson, I recall Betty and Dr. Bowling as being a staple in the city and the model Family; I also recall Champ. I remember when they built their beautiful home just below hole #3 at Vanity Fair. May her soul find a resting place in Paradise. My condolences to the Family!
Tommie L PernellAustin, TX
I just saw your mom's obit in the South Alabamian. She was such a good friend to my parents. I have such great memories of all the folks of our parents generation. They are missed as your mom will be. My condolences.
Frank WoodsonMongomery, AL
I am very sorry about your loss Rich. May your mom’s soul Rest In Peace.
Antoinette El-KartabaniAurora, IL
To Ann, Bob, Champ and Rich:
I am so sorry to hear of my sweet friend's passing. I loved Betty and my thoughts and prayers go out to all the family. She was a joy to be around and I will always cherish the fond memories of our times together. Love to you all,
With deepest sympathy,
Anne JonesJackson, AL
I am sorry to hear about Mrs. Bowling. Praying for the Bowling family.
Thomas McMillanMobile, AL
Condolences to the family and friends in the lose of Mrs Bowling, your love one. May peace be unto you. She was a beautiful person
Floyd McMillanBellflower, CA
Very sad for your loss Rich. Betty’s beautiful, elegant and poised persona will always flashes before my eyes. I will always remember her very fondly. My sincere condolences to you, Bob, Ann, and Champ. May She Rest In Peace.
Katia El-KartabaniAurora, IL
I am so very sorry. Mrs Betty was such a sweet lady.
Sally McHaneyJackson, AL
Champ praying for you and your family.
Harold and Rojean ReidThomasville, AL
I am so sorry to hear about your mother and grandmother. I will always remember her as such a nice person. Praying for you.
Cynthia TurbervilleJackson, AL