Jimmy Bowen

Obituary of Jimmy Bowen

Jimmy Wayne Bowen, age 84, of McGehee, Arkansas, passed from this life Friday, October 26, 2018. Jimmy was born October 12, 1934 to the late Jim Walter and the late Maude (Reeves) Bowen of Humphrey, AR. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, Sterling, A.J., Elbert "Pete", Richard, and Bill; four sisters, infant Maudeen Bowen, Lucille Young, Maxine Bayless, and Jo Bowen.

He is survived by his wife of eighteen years, Mary Lea Hanna Whitaker Bowen; five daughters, Cathy Bowen Burns (Randy), Anita Bowen, Carla Bowen Ziesmer, Becky Ellington Barnard (Jerry) and Trisha Whitaker Bates (Darwin); and a son Greg Whitaker (Laura), eight grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Jimmy was better known as "Pap" to a host of parents and children that attended Pap & Mimmie's Day Care in McGehee, Arkansas. Each one was special and dearly loved.

For the last six years Jimmy had attended Oak Grove Freewill Baptist Church in Lake Village. He loved music and enjoyed singing specials. He was an avid trapper, hunter and fisherman and always enjoyed the outdoors and was employed in farm management.

Visitation will be Monday, October 29 from 11:00am-12:00pm with funeral services following at 12:00pm at Oak Grove Freewill Baptist Church in Lake Village, Arkansas with Bro. Phillip Payne officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Lake Village under the direction of Bishop-King Funeral Home of Lake Village, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:

Arkansas Children's Hospital Research, 1 Children`s Way, Slot 661, Little Rock, AR 72202-3591, or

Arkansas Baptist Home for Children 222 West Pope Street, Monticello, AR 71655, or

Gideons, PO Box 21313, Little Rock AR 72221