Mrs. Sandra Neely Bowden, 76, a lifelong resident of Covington passed away Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. She was born in Newton County on Sept. 3, 1943 to James. F. “Ted” and Mary Cawthon Neely who have preceded her in death. Mrs. Bowden was a lifelong member of Shiloh United Methodist Church where she was very active; volunteering for all church activities, cooking dressing for every gathering, and was a long-time member of the choir. Mrs. Bowden began her career working at BellSouth and later became a manager at AT&T. She was also an active part of the Covington Elks Lodge #1806 where she served as an officer in the Elkadettes. Mrs. Bowden was a wonderful caregiver to many over the years. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, Yance, aunt, and friend. Along with her parents, Sandra was preceded in death by her brother Allen Neely.
Mrs. Bowden is survived by her husband Tony Bowden, her daughter Tonia Bowden Paramore and her husband Tony, of Athens, her grandchildren Bryce and Samantha, her brother and sister-in-law Freddy and Patricia Neely, of Covington, her nieces and nephew Clint Neely, Crystal Hutcheson, Beth Cope, and Lisa Long her great nieces and nephews Presley, Tucker, Bentley, Kelsey, Matthew, and Kayla, along with a host of other family and many close friends.
At the request of the family, please wear bright and cheerful colors to her service, which will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12 at Shiloh United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Wadley officiating. Interment will follow at Lawnwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at J.C. Harwell and Son Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shiloh United Methodist Church, 10 Almon Church Road, Covington, GA 30014. J.C. Harwell and Son Funeral Home, 2157 East St., SE, Covington, GA 30014 is in charge of the arrangements. A guestbook may be signed online www.harwellfuneralhome.com.