Burin Newton Bowers, age 87, of Elba, AL departed this life Wednesday, October 26, 2011, at his home in Elba, AL. Funeral services will be held at Mt. Olive Baptist Church on Saturday, October 29, 2011, at 3:00 PM with Rev. Wayne Webber and Rev. Richard Moss officiating. Committal services will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery, Elba, AL. The Bowers family will receive friends from 2:00 until 3:00 PM at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Saturday, October 29, 2011.
Mr. Bowers served his country during World War II stationed in Japan and the Philippines. He was a faithful member and Deacon of Newbia Baptist and Mt. Olive Baptist Church for over 40 years. He owned and operated Bowers Grocery Store for 25 years and was a cattle farmer and poultry producer. Burin loved his community and called Elba his home all his life.
Mr. Bowers was preceded in death by his wife of over 60 years, Louise Sharpless Bowers, sons Dennis Howard Bowers and Burin Bowers, Jr., grandson Johnnie Benjamin Parks, III, and brothers Delma Bowers and Buford Bowers. Survivors include Daughter: Rachel Nelson of Elba; Daughter: Kathy Parks of Auburn; Son-in-Law: John Parks of Auburn; Son: Andy Bowers of Elba; Granddaughter: Mindy Anderson of Chicago, IL; Grandson: Dax Grantham (Maria) of Boston, MA; Granddaughter: Anna Bowers of Elba; Grandson: Logan Parks of Auburn; Sister: Louise Hysmith of Phenix City; Sister: Syble Drum (Ray) of Ozark, AL; Sister: Barbara Ann Bowers of Kinston; Sister: Faye Bowers of Kinston; Brother: Ellis Hayward Bowers (Roxie) of Kinston, AL. Mr. Bowers is also survived by 4 Great-grandchildren Ethan Grantham of Boston, MA; Joseph Anderson of Chicago, IL; Sebastian Grantham of Boston, MA; Kevin Anderson of Chicago, IL. Hayes Funeral Home of Elba is serving the Bowers family.