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Obituary: Billy Joe Bowen

Billy Joe Bowen, 80, of Center, passed away Saturday, October 31, 2015, in Nacogdoches.


Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, November 1, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 2, 2015, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Sam Wheeler officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Center.


Mr. Bowen was born April 14, 1935, in Black Jack, Texas, to Willie L. Bowen and Livvie Lee Luman Bowen.  He was the youngest of six children. Mr. Bowen served in the United States Army. He was a Deacon at Center Christian Church.


Mr. Bowen is survived by

Wife of 54 years: Ann Schillings Bowen of Shelbyville


Daughter: Shana Brittain and husband, Boby, of Shelbyville



Seth Brittain and fiancé, Morgan Dyess, of Houston

Jaxon Brittain of Shelbyville


Sister: Jean Brandon and husband, H.L. Brandon, of Appleby


Sister-in-law: Donna Kay Thomason of Center


Brother-in-law: Joe Tom Schillings and wife, Kathryn, of Shelbyville


Nieces and nephews:

Judy Arnold

Pam Arnold

Bobby Dale Arnold

Sherry Brandon

Steve Brandon

Brian Brandon

Kevin Brandon

Dawn Barnes

Jennifer Leach

Jonathan Schillings


Preceded in death by

Parents: Willie L. Bowen and Livvie Lee Luman Bowen

Two Infant Sisters

Sister: Mildred Bowen Arnold

Brother: Cecil Bowen


Pallbearers will be Jim Tomlin, Don Wheeler, Brett Scarber, Patrick Nethery, Brett Wheeler, Jonathan Brittain and Brady Scarber.

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