Emily Bowman

Emily Jo Bowman, 66, of Arab died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at her residence.

Mrs. Bowman was born June 5, 1955, in Marshall County to Emily Foylea Wilks McElroy and William H. McElroy. She was married to Jerry Bowman for 48 years.

She was a 1973 graduate of Arab High School. Her greatest loves and most prize possessions were her dogs “her babies”. Listening to Elvis music would always make her smile.

She enjoyed watching scary movies and laughing at the scary parts. Her dream was to become a cosmetologist, she loved styling hair and doing nails. She really loved writing letters, journals and even essays.

She liked coloring in adult coloring books. She spent a lot of time crocheting afghans, baby hats and booties. Nothing made her happier than watching her shows on TV. She adored flowers and liked planting them in her yard. She loved gadgets, anything ‘as seen on TV” she had to have. Most of all, she enjoyed sitting at home with a big glass of sweet tea talking with friends and family.

Mrs. Bowman is survived by her husband: Jerry Bowman; son: Robbie Bowman; daughter and son-in-law: Amy and Kevin Echols; sisters and brothers-in-law: Debbie McElroy, Brenda and Steve King, Kelly and Scot Parrish; sisters-in-law and their husbands: Marlene and Robert Winfrey, Clessie and Dennis Potter; grandchildren: Ashleigh Bowman, Courtney Denton, Heaven Bowman, Zachary Fortenberry, Parker Martin, Allie Claire Martin; great-grandchildren: Kayson Denton, Ivey Brown, Cash Brown; and many close cousins, nieces, nephews and family friends.

Mrs. Bowman is preceded in death by a brother-in-law: Keith Bowman; and mother-in-law and father-in-law: Jack and Gaynell Bowman.

The funeral was at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, at Arab Heritage Memorial Chapel with Zachary Fortenberry officiating. Burial was in Sweet Home Cemetery with Arab Heritage Memorial Chapel directing.

Pallbearers were Zachary Fortenberry, Parker Martin, Brian Jones, Cameron Jones, Scott Jones and Kevin Echols.

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