Margaret Bowen Votaw,  87, of Blackshear, passed away Sunday night, April 14, 2019, at Harborview Satilla in Waycross, following an extended illness.

Born October 25, 1931 in Pierce County, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Malachi and Etta Roberson Bowen. She graduated from Blackshear High School and had lived in Ohio, Texas and Spain before returning to Pierce County in the 1980s.  She had worked at King Edward Cigar Factory but was a housewife for most of her life. She was a member of Youmans Chapel Baptist Church. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Russell J. Votaw; a sister, Clara May Bowen; six brothers, Walt Bowen (wife Thelma), Jack Bowen (wife Mae), Kent Bowen (wife Lavada), Bob Bowen, Cornelius Bowen and Bud Bowen (wife Virginia) and a sister-in-law, Mary Bowen.

Survivors include a sister, Louise Thornberry (husband Harvey), Massillon, Ohio; two brothers, Quincy Bowen, Waycross and Mitchell Bowen (wife Norene), Blackshear; a sister-in-law, Alice Bowen, Denison, TX and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, from  the chapel of Hart Funeral Home.

Interment will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 18, in the Waters Cemetery.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.hartfh.com.

Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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