Don Bowen,

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Don Bowen,

Don Bowen, Don Bowen, a loving and devoted husband and father, beloved by his family and friends, passed from this life peacefully, Thursday, March 7, 2019. Don was born in Wichita Falls as the only child of Virgil and Zelma Bowen. His family moved to Oklahoma City, where Don graduated from Central High School. Don attended Abilene Christian College (University) where he met the love of his life, Shirley Sehon. They were married in 1955 and have enjoyed over 63 years of devoted marriage.
While at Abilene Christian, Don served as the Student Body President, played basketball and was the recipient of the Board of Trustees Outstanding Student Award. Don received a Bachelor of Science in Education. Don began his career in Fort Worth as a management trainee for Wyatt's Food Store Chain. He was drafted into the army and served his country at Fort Bliss in El Paso and later in the Army Reserve and National Guard.
Don and Shirley returned to Fort Worth where Don demonstrated his excellent work ethic while he held five jobs to support his growing family. He served on the staff at West Berry Church of Christ, taught at Bruce Shulkey Elementary, drove a cleaning truck and coached youth sports for the Optimist Club while earning his Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. Don and Shirley then moved to Corsicana. Don served as the Principal of Bowie Elementary for two years and as Corsicana High School Principal. Don was then chosen to serve Corsicana Independent School District as the superintendent. It was during these five years, that the current high school was built and all the students in Corsicana attended school together for the first time. During the next stages of his career, Don served as the Executive Director of the Medical Arts Clinic, helping the clinic to grow in service and locations.
The last stage of his career, Don was co-owner of Stewart Motor Company. Civic duty was important to Don. He served as president of the Kiwanis Club, President of the Chamber of Commerce, and the State President of the Medical Administrators of Texas. He served on the Board of Directors for United Fund, YMCA, Corsicana School Board and the ACU Advisory Board. Don was honored as the Layman of the Year by the Kiwanis Club in 1970. Don's strongest desire was to serve his church and his family. He served as an elder for many years at Westside and then Westhill Church of Christ. He fulfilled roles as preacher, teacher, and song leader. He officiated weddings (including his son and daughter's) and funerals for families.
Don loved to attend the sporting events and activities of his children and grandchildren. Many memories were created and miles traveled as he and Shirley traversed the state, making friends all along the way. Playing golf, snow skiing, and cycling were more than a hobby to Don. He had a passion for the game of golf and enjoyed years of friendship with his son and golfing buddies. He also enjoyed skiing with Shirley, his friends and family and taught all his children and grandchildren to ski.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Zelma.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Shirley and their children, Brenda Sandifer and husband Hugh of Abilene, Don Bowen, Jr. and his wife, Sheryl of Humble, Bridget Price and husband Don Allen of North Richland Hills, and Briana Fleming and husband Eric of Keller. Don was a loving and beloved grandfather to Dakota Hall and husband Zak, Madison Sandifer, Collin Bowen, Logan Price, Brinley Price, Ethan Fleming, Rhett Fleming and Zane Fleming.
Don's grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Allen Jones, Don Ivy, Paul Stewart, Paul Slaughter, Percell Milton, Darwin Thomas, and Phil Smith.
The family would like to thank Dr. Kent Rogers for his excellent care, the wonderful staff of Heritage Oaks Retirement Home and the caring Nurses of the new Century Hospice.
Memorials can be made to Westhill Church of Christ Benevolence Fund or Missions Fund (3400 W. Hwy. 22, Corsicana, TX 75110) or to Parkinson's research at
Visitation will be held for 1 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2019 at Westhill Church of Christ with the funeral service to follow at 2 p.m. officiated by Ferman Carpenter. Interment to take place after the funeral at the Hamilton Beamon cemetery.
Services are under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Westhill Church of Christ Benevolence Fund 3400 west Hwy 22 Corsicana, Texas 75110 or Parkinson's Foundation at
Published on March 8, 2019
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Fred and Eula Crooke ALL our thoughts are with you Shirley..All the Hospital volunteers grieve with you...
Mar 11, 2019
Kent Rogers
Mar 09, 2019
Don Bowen was a very important man in my life. As a young physician who had completed training and military service I chose to join the Medical Arts Clinic in 1976. All young doctors need encouragement and good financial advice. We got that from Don Bowen. The phrase “Peace, Good Will towards Men” when heard by me in the season is linked in my mind to him. He modeled the way a man should live his life. As such he was highly influential as a teacher, a coach a medical administrator and a businessman. I am forever grateful to him.
Dean Hawk
Mar 09, 2019
Mrs. Bowen, Donny, Brenda, Bridget, and Brianna, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you during your time of loss. I have many fond memories of Mr. Bowen when working at the Country Club late in the afternoon when he was hitting shag balls and I was waiting on that last group to come in. I am confident he still holds the record for the # of shag balls hit on that golf course. I would go out and visit with him on those late afternoons and he would always take the time to really engage me in thoughtful conversation. His advice was always meaningful and caring. I really looked up to him and admired what he stood for. You have been blessed.
Pam Harrison
Mar 09, 2019
Shirley, You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time.
Mar 09, 2019
Mar 09, 2019
So sorry for your family's loss. In the days ahead may you find comfort in the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort (Psalms 83:18) because he cares for you. (2 Corinthians 1: 3-4.) A real hope of being reunited with your loved one is found at John 5:28, 29.

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Cathy & Jack Williams-DIAMOND GROVE CHURCH OF Christ
Mar 08, 2019
At this period of sorrow in your life. I pray to the lord to send some peace and strength to fight against the stress in your family. You all are in our prayers & Thoughts.
Sherri Richardson
Mar 08, 2019
Shirley, I was so sorry to read of Don’s passing. But, I know that you are comforted by knowing that he is now in God’s presence & he will be waiting in heaven for you. His troubles are over & he has been fully restored. What a wonderful man he was and, oh, how he loved you & your family. I hope you can feel the big hug I’m sending your way & the prayers that accompany it.
Steve and Stephanie Brown
Mar 08, 2019
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Don. Our prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. May your precious memories give you strength in the days ahead.
Lavelle Layfield
Mar 08, 2019
I remember so well Don's activities when he was a student at Abilene Christian University. We were fellow classmates at ACU. Shirley and family, so sorry. Our prayers are with you. From Mary and Lavelle