‘Jimmy’ Dale Bowen
Jim “Jimmy” Dale Bowen, 78, of Louisville, Ky., passed away peacefully on Tuesday (April 12, 2016).
He was born in Waycross Oct. 22, 1937 to the late William James and Ida Myrtle (Purcell) Bowen. He grew up in Waycross and graduated from Waycross High School in 1955.
He lettered in football and track and field. During high school, he set many records as a football halfback. Additionally, he was selected to compete in the 100- and 220-yard dashes at the state level, setting a state record that stood for 13 years.
After high school, he briefly attended Troy State University on a track and field scholarship and later transferred to South Georgia College in Douglas.
At South Georgia, he had the life-changing privilege of playing football under the legendary Coach Bobby Bowden, during Bowden’s first ever coaching job. Throughout these years, he learned lifelong lessons and formed friendships that would span a lifetime, as this group of young football players on the 1955-1956 South Georgia College football team would remain friends and become known as the “Boys from South Georgia.”
At South Georgia, he also worked in the printing room and was a sports reporter for the school newspaper.
Upon graduating in June of 1957, he served in the U.S. Air Force, working mainly as an investigator for the Office of Investigations. While stationed in Montana, he met and married the love of his life, Dell, and together they raised three children, while being stationed in numerous domestic and international locations.
He retired after 20 years of service (active and reserve) and remained a member of the American Legion until his death.
Over the next couple of decades, he worked for the U.S. Treasury Department (ATF Division) as a criminal investigator as well as the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick as an instructor. It was widely known that he blew up many a “still” during his days as a “Georgia Revenuer.” It was at FLETC that he wrote and contributed to several training manuals.
He and his wife retired to Griffin in 1999 to be near family and were active at Second Baptist Church there. They were also involved in renovating and restoring homes, as he was a skilled carpenter.
In 2006, they relocated to Louisville, Ky., to be closer to their children and grandchildren and became active members of Southeast Christian Church there.
He had many passions. Among them were “football and writing.” Although both of these were thoroughly engaged most of his life, it was not until retirement that the two fully intersected.
After seven years of research, his dream of authoring a book as a tribute to his lifelong mentor came true. In 2008, “Bobby Bowden, Memories of a Legend and his Boys from South Georgia,” was completed and published by Cold Tree Press.
This 1955-1956 football team and their coach continue to host an annual reunion in Douglas. This year, they will be one player short as No. 14 has written the final page of his earthly journey. Rest assured, he has already started his new book that will last for eternity.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dell Wilson Bowen, of Louisville, Ky.; children, Dr. Jimmy Dayland Bowen (Kelly), of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Captain William Tay Bowen (Melissa), of Louisville, Ky., Mari Ann Bowen Hermann (Robert), of Omaha, Neb.; grandchildren, Kelson Reid Bowen, Chase London Bowen, Aris Richard Bowen, Nicole Marie Beck McLearen (Luke), Sydney Leigh Sontag, Tierney Jade Hermann and Erica Peyton Hermann; a great-grandchild, Caleb Jackson McLearen; sisters, Ann Bowen Imes Corry, of Greensboro/Griffin; and Jeanie Bowen Jones Wilson, of Greensboro.
Newcomer Funeral Home in Louisville, Ky., is in charge of all arrangements. Friends may share their comments or posts at www.newcomerkentuckiana.com
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Club at www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/donate or to a favorite charity in his name.
Friends are invited to join in a veteran’s graveside “celebration of life” at 2 p.m. on June 26 in the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery on Memorial Drive in Griffin.
Adam Eugene Dyal
FOLKSTON — Adam Eugene Dyal, 84 of Folkston, passed away Monday (May 9, 2016).
He was born in Racepond Sept. 1, 1931 to Roma Lewis and Ida Mae Yawn Dyal. He attended Charlton County schools and helped his father farm while growing up.
He worked in pulpwood, worked at the sawmill and later retired from Charlton County as caretaker at Trader’s Hill Campground.
He was a lifelong member of Racepond Church of God.
He is survived by his son, Adam Eugene Dyal Jr., of Folkston; one brother, the Rev. Dan Dyal, of Ft. Myers, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Becky Lorena Dyal; daughter, Margie Dianne Dyal; twin sister, Aline Allen; sisters, Iva Lee Todd, Inez Taylor, Emma Jean Prescott, Mattie Lee and Effie Cannon; and brothers, Bennie Lee Dyal, Claude Douberly, Lewis Dyal and R.L. Dyal.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Racepond Church of God, with the service beginning at 11. The Rev. Dan Dyal and the Rev. Jody Griffin will officiate.
Burial will follow in Racepond Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest register at www.shepardrobersonfh.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard Roberson Funeral Home, Folkston
Dr. Edward Brown
A funeral for Dr. Edward Brooking Brown was held Tuesday morning at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Proctor Chambless officiating. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Robert Herrig, Charlie Herrig, Ethan Brown, Emerson Brown, Wilson Brown, Troy Brown, Luke Barden, Nick Barden and Matt Paris.
Military honors were provided by the Honor Guard of Fort Stewart Army Base.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Charles C. Pruet
A memorial service for Charles C. “Charlie” Pruet was held Tuesday afternoon at Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Barry Giddens officiating.
Burial followed at Oakland Cemetery.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Winnie Lou Sweat
BLACKSHEAR — The funeral for Winnie Lou Davis Sweat, 72, was held Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 at the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home.
Officiating was the Rev. Derwin Griffin.
Interment was in the Ramah Cemetery.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.