A celebration of life for the Rev. Edward Bowen, 71, of Greenwood, formerly of Indianola, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 203 College St., Itta Bena. He transitioned June 19, 2019, at his home. Final resting place will be in Riverside Memorial Garden, Indianola, under the direction of Dillon Funeral Home of Indianola.

The Rev. Bowen was born May 15, 1948, to Dempsey Bowen Sr. and Maxine Bowen in Drew. He was the pastor of New Bethel M.B. Church in Itta Bena.

The Rev. Bowen leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife of 57 years, Ethel Marie Bowen of Itta Bena; two sons, Gregory Bowen of Jackson and Detrick Bowen of Greenwood; four brothers, Dempsey (Laverne) Bowen Jr. of South Holland, Illinois, Early (Sara) Bowen of Cypress, Texas, Darryl (Wanda) Bowen of Terry and Donald Ray (Barbara) Sims of Greenville; seven sisters, Clementine Simmons of Greenville, Texas, Margaret Jones and Ammie (Willie) Hicks, both of Jackson, Leroise (Reginald) Lindsey of Hattiesburg, Tyna Bowen and Betty (Tom) Petty, both of Indianola, and Shirley (Herschell) Epps of LaPlace, Louisiana; one grandson, Octavious Freeman of Itta Bena; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Dillon Funeral Home. Visitation also will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at New Bethel M.B. Church. The Rev. Charlie Smith will officiate at the services.

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