Floral 23

Ceolar B. Bowie

June 16, 1927 ~ December 30, 2021 (age 94)


Ceolar (Granny as she was affectionately called) began her journey as the seventh child born to John and Elena (Arthur) Beckworth in Mayflower, TX.

Being the youngest child she did not have the carry the load of working in the field as her other siblings, but God had a plan. As she watched from the edge of the field, she learned the meaning of endurance as she watched the workers each day from sunrise to sunset. From where she acquired an understanding of unity and working together and the all -important gift of patience. While sitting waiting for her parents and siblings listening to the songs of hope and deliverance, she got her first taste of a life influenced by the spirit of the Living God. For it was at the edge of the cotton field that God first introduced Himself to a little girl who would one day become a beacon of hope for so many.

Ceolar accepted Christ at an early age at Smith Chapel Baptist Church in the Mayflower Community where she also attended school and played on the basketball team. She was employed at Markham Hospital before starting ABC Custodial Services with her late husband which employed many family members.

Ceolar joined Galilee Baptist Church Family under the late Rev. J. T. Leeks. She was a member of the Family Choir, Ever Ready Circle, and served as Sunday Secretary until her health began to decline.

Ceolar was preceded in death by her husband Clarence L. Bowie, Jr., her parents, siblings Joe Nathan, Willie B., Dora Molly, Lue Nettie, and Bettie Mariah; sons Louis Charles and Clarence III; grandson Gary Lilly and great-grandson Zachary Lilly.

Her Memory will forever be embedded in the hearts of her children Doris Lewis, Nelvia (Thomas) Barnette, Willie Brooks, Mamie (Wilbert) Williams, and Evelyn (Philbert) Peoples. She leaves behind 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 30 great-great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

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January 7, 2022

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Craig Funeral Home
2001 S. Green Street
Longview, TX 75602

Funeral Service
January 8, 2022

11:00 AM
Galilee Baptist Church
1301 S. High St.
Longview, TX 75602

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