Larry Eldon Gowens Sr.

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Service for Larry Eldon Gowens Sr., 81, will be today, January 27, 2017, at 5 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home with the Rev. Tom Moye, Mr. Gary McCurdy and Mr. Joey Spivey officiating. The family will receive friends today from 3 p.m. until service time. Mr. Gowens passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at Gadsden Regional Medical Center. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Jane Sanford Gowens; children, Melinda Pody (Mike), Rhonda Kirkpatrick (Gerald) and Eldon Gowens (Meredith); grandchildren, Andy Pody (Cassie), Samuel Love, Maggie Love, Brett Kirkpatrick, Brooke Ragsdale (Barrett), Anna Grace Gowens and Griffin Gowens; great-grandchildren, Rhett Pody, Caroline Pody, Cade Kirkpatrick, Reece Kirkpatrick, Chase Kirkpatrick, Lanie Ragsdale and Livie Ragsdale; sister-in-law, Iona Gowens; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Gowens was born June 06, 1935 in Piedmont, where he was a lifelong resident. He retired from General Electric after 38 years of service. He served as a member and chairman of the Piedmont City School Board, Piedmont Housing Authority Board and as a member of the Piedmont Recreational Board, Jaycees and Piedmont Athletic Club. He served as "Chief Cook" of the Booster Club. He was a 50 year member of Free and Accepted Masons, Lozahatchee Lodge No. 97 F&AM. He was enshrined into Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame in 2016 and was a member of First United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his father, Hoyt Gowens; mother, Ophelia Gowens, and brother, Freeman Gowens. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions be made to Piedmont Education Trust, P.O Box 819 Piedmont, AL 36272, First United Methodist Church, 300 N. Main Street, Piedmont, AL 36272 or . The family would like to extend a special thanks to Alacare Home Health for their loving care and to Piedmont Rescue Squad.
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Thompson Funeral Home and Crematory - Piedmont
6340 Old Piedmont-Gadsden Hwy. PO Box 574
Piedmont, AL 36272
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Published in The Anniston Star on Jan. 27, 2017