History of the Restoration Movement

Carl Leo Bowers


High School Picture
Athens Bible School
Source: Ancestry.com

Source: 1953 Treasure Chest
Freed-Hardeman College

The Life Of Carl L. Bowers

Carl Leo Bowers was born in Athens, Limestone, County, on June 6, 1934. He was the son of James William ‘Willie’ Bowers (1897-1964) and Maggie Ree Hargrove (1899-1969). He grew up in his hometown and attended Athens Bible School. He was married to Margaret Ann Wade in Morgan County, Alabama October 22, 1955. They had two children, Jeffrey and Carla Ann.

Carl attended Freed-Hardeman College. He was a carpenter by trade, and also preached the gospel of Jesus. In 1957 he went to Korea and served in the U.S. Army for two years. He returned and preached for churches of Christ in the region near his home. He passed from this life January 4, 1964, and was buried in the Athens Cemetery.

-Scott Harp, 08.18.2020

Wedding Announcement

The Moulton Advertiser, Thursday, November 3, 1955, page 4
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Gospel Advocate Obituary

Carl Leo Bowers was born June 6, 1934, and died January 4, 1964, at Athens, Ala.  He was born and reared in Limestone County, Ala.  He graduated from Athens Bible School in 1952 and then went on to Freed-Hardeman College for one and one-half years.  He was a young man with many talents and used them to preach the gospel, lead singing, teach classes and did an outstanding work in Korea in 1957 and 1958 while being stationed there in the Army.  He was a good carpenter.  He preached at Hollins Gin, Athens, Ala., and at Priceville, Decatur, Ala.  Carl had talked to me about some day trying to go to one of our orphan homes and work as a maintenance man and help with the teaching of the youngsters. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Ann; son, Jeffrey; daughter, Carla Ann; father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Bowers, Athens, Ala.; sisters, Martha Bullington of Athens, Ala.; Elsie Wynn of Jacksonville, Fla.; Pauline Moore of Pontiac, Mich.; Mae Jamison of LaGrange, Ga.; brothers, John K. of Athens, Ala.; Floyd and Robert of Decatur, Ala.; James (in the Armed Services and is preaching), Fairbanks, Alaska; grandfather and grandmother of Athens, Ala.; eleven nephews and five nieces.  Several gospel preachers along with a large number of friends attended the funeral services at Northside at Athens, Ala., on January 7.  A. J. Rollins, long-time friend of the family, Burel Grubb, and the writer conducted the services.
Hobart E. Ashby.
Gospel Advocate, February 13, 1964, page 111.

Directions To Grave

Carl Leo Bowers is buried in the Athens City Cemetery in Athens, Alabama. The GPS location below is the actual location of the grave in the cemetery. Enter the Hobbs Street entrance and as you enter the cemetery, past the sign, take your first left and go to the third drive to the right and begin looking for BOWERS mark on your left.

GPS Location
34°48'11.7"N 86°57'39.1"W
or D.d. 34.803243, -86.960847

Parents Of Carl Leo Bowers
Maggie Lee Bowers - July 2, 1900 - August 21, 1969
James William Bowers - March 25, 1897 - May 13, 1964

William Basil Bowers - June 21, 1918 - January 25, 1945 - Brother of Carl Bowers

Photos Taken 05.31.2016
Webpage Produce 08.18.2020
Courtesy Of Scott Harp

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