Thomas (Tom) Coye Bowen, also known as “Papa Coye”, loving husband and father, passed away Saturday, September 19, 2020, at the age of 82.

He was born July 9, 1938 in Ware County to John S. and Mamie Youmans Bowen. He graduated from Blackshear High School in 1956, proudly enlisting immediately in the United States Army where he served three years in the Army Security Agency, the Army’s intelligence arm, reporting directly to the National Security Agency in Washington, D.C.   After an honorable discharge, he worked for 18 years in sales and sales management with Independent Life and Accident Insurance Company and continued to work in the insurance industry until time of his passing. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Alma.

He married in 1959, becoming the proud father of three children and re-married in 2005, adding two more children to his now blended family.  

He had a passion for tractors and loved gardening, fishing, traveling and camping. He was known as a devoted husband, a good father and grandfather, a kind, generous and spiritual person. Most of all, he loved his family unconditionally.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mamie; his daughter, Cindy; granddaughter, Megan; grandson, Levi; brothers, Eugene, Sam and Royce Bowen as well as (former) wife, Sandra. 

Survivors include his wife Shelba (Moore-Mullis); brother, John E. Bowen, better known as “Buddy” (Jean); his sister, Dale Lee (Joe); sister-in-law, Sue Bowen; his two sons, Tommy (Michelle) and Christopher (Adam); two grandsons, J. T. Atwell (Nicole) and Andrew Bowen (Lindsay) and two great-grandchildren, William and Abigail Atwell as well as, from his blended family, a son, Rickie Mullis; a daughter, Rhonda Mullis-Herndon; three grandsons, Ryan Mullis, Justin (Michelle) Mullis and Craig (Rikki) Herndon; one granddaughter, Brooke Miller (Erik), eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren in addition to many well-loved nieces and nephews and their families.

A private family viewing will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 23, at the funeral home, 207 W. 12th Street, Alma.  

A graveside funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 23, from the Waters Cemetery, 2791 Midway Church Road, Blackshear.

Safe social distancing practices are encouraged by all who attend services. 

Flowers may be received at funeral home before the family viewing or sent to the cemetery prior to the graveside service.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to First Baptist Church, 301 W. 9th Street, Alma, GA 31510 or to St. Jude’s Hospital (for Amris Bedford), 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. 

Crosby Funeral Home of Alma is in charge of arrangements.

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