The Rev. J.D. Bowen

The Rev. J.D. Bowen, 92, passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, November 6, 2020, at his residence, following an extended illness.

He was a native of Pierce County and was the son of the late James Madison Bowen and Cora Iris Jacobs Bowen. He was educated in the Pierce County School System and was a 1946 graduate of Blackshear High School. After graduating high school, he served with the United States Navy.

He accepted the call into the ministry and was ordained in 1953 and served in ministry for a total of 67 years He was a graduate of Norman College, Valdosta State College and from Southeast Baptist Theological Seminary in 1964. He served as pastor at churches in North Carolina, North Georgia and many churches in the Southeast Georgia area and also served as interim pastor and pulpit supply at numerous churches. He also had served with Builders For Christ for 22 years. He was a member of Second Baptist Church and was the teacher of the Men’s Sunday School Class. 

Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Naomi Dixon Bowen, Waycross; a son Kim D. Bowen (wife Kathy), Talbott, TN; a daughter Rhonda Tucker (husband Steve), Waycross; five grandchildren Aaron Bowen (wife Sarah), Morristown TN, Nicki Fogg, Jefferson City TN, Jordan Bowen (wife Chelsey), Knoxville TN, Jamie Tucker (wife Rebecca), Evans and Joni Blocker (husband Justin), Valdosta; eight great-grandchildren, Emerson and Everly Bowen, Cora and Graham Fogg, Mason and Naomi Blocker and Steven and Faye Tucker; two sisters, Shirley Bennett, Mershon and Doris Kirkland, Blackshear; three brothers, David Bowen (wife Loretta), Jesup, Buddy Bowen (wife Wanda), Blackshear and Danny Bowen (wife Diane), Fernandina Beach, FL and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic wearing a mask will be required for persons attending the service in the church. 

The Rev. Bowen will lie in state from 10-11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at the church.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9, from the Second Baptist Church with the Rev. Edward Hurst and the Rev. Derwin Griffin officiating. 

Interment will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Ware County. 

Active pallbearers will be Aaron Bowen, Jordan Bowen, Jamie Tucker, Justin Blocker, Larod Bowen and Orin Bennett. 

Members of the Men’s Sunday Class of Second Baptist Church and Tommy Rouse will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Sympathy can be expressed by signing the online registry at

Music Funeral Home of Waycross is in charge of arrangements.

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