Obituaries: Rev. John Wall “J.W.” Bowen, Mr. Max Fain Shelley, Ms. Vivian J. Whatley.

Obituaries: Rev. John Wall “J.W.” Bowen, Mr. Max Fain Shelley, Ms. Vivian J. Whatley.

Rev. John Wall “J.W.” Bowen, age 87, of Rome passed away Monday January 7, 2019.

Rev. Bowen was born in Eastman, Ga. (Dodge County) on April 3, 1931. He was preceded in death by his parents, John A. and Flossie Cook Bowen, brothers, Hansford, Madison, and James Leroy Bowen.

Rev. Bowen was educated in Eastman, Ga., at Eastman High School, he attended Norman Jr. College, Mercer University, and took Bible Study from Georgia Baptist Extension Classes. Rev. Bowen served churches in Bibb, Dodge, and Laurens counties. He taught Sunday School in retirement at Pine Forest Baptist Church in Macon and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Rome.

Rev. Bowen served in the Korean War for two years, the first year he served on the combat infantry line, the second year he served as combat security officer. Rev. Bowen was awarded many medals among which was the Korean Service Medal, with two Bronze Service Stars; United Nations Service Medal; Bronze Star Medal. He was life member of the VFW, American Legion Post Five, Dexter Masonic Lodge #340 F&AM Past Master of several Masonic Lodges.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Jones Bowen, sister, Ruby Love, Cleveland TN; three children, and their spouses, Agnes and Mitch Williams, Rome; John P. and Glenna Bowen, Monroe, NC; James and Virginia Bowen, Oxford, Alabama; grandchildren, Byers (Ann) Bowen, Lauren (Jim) Sracic, Matt Williams, Wes (Karyn) Bowen, Ashley (Blake) McCoy, Jonathan Bowen, Anna Bowen, great grandchildren, Grant Bowen, Hannah Bowen, and Wren Bowen, several nieces and nephews, also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday January 12, 2019, at Calvary Baptist Church with Dr. James Harper, Rev. Jimmy Bowen, and eulogy by his son Johnny Bowen. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens with Shanklin Attaway Post 5 Honor Guards conducting military graveside rites. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Friday January 11, 2019 at Calvary Baptist Church 101 Broadus Rd. Rome GA. 30161.

At other hours the family may be contacted at the residence.

Pallbearers include, Byers (Ann) Bowen, Lauren (Jim) Sracic, Matt Williams, Wes (Karyn) Bowwen, Ashley (Blake) McCoy, Jonathan Bowen, and Anna Bowen, Randy Self, and Aaron Carroll.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Adult Sunday School Class, and Korean War Veterans, Darryl Jones, Kenneth Guice, and Steve Hawthrone, Grant Bowen, Hannah Bowen, and Wren Bowen.

Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home.


Ms. Vivian J. Whatley, 50, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2019. Services for Ms. Whatley are incomplete and will be announced at a later date. Wright Memorial Mortuary.


Mr. Max Fain Shelley, age 81, of Silver Creek, passed away Wednesday January 9, 2019 at his residence.

Mr. Shelley was born August 21, 1937, in Bartow County, a son of the late Arthur Shelley and Bonnie Wafford Shelley. He was a retired contractor, a veteran of the United States Army. He was preceded in death by a sister, Omega Welch, and brother, John Shelley.

Survivors include, daughter, Jeannie Norton, Silver Creek; brother in law, Frank Welch, grandchildren, Joseph (Terri) Harcourt, Jerry Harcourt, great grandchildren, C.J. Harcourt, Tyler Harcourt, Paris Harcourt, and Gavin Nichols, great great grandchildren, Addie Gibson, Waylon Harcourt.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, January 14, 2019, at Good Shepherd Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Kenneth Boatner, officiating. Interment will follow in Wax Cemetery; with Shanklin-Attaway Post Five Honor Guard will present military rites.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Sunday, January 13, 2019, at Good Shepherd Funeral Home.

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