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Clarence Edward Bowe Jr.

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Clarence Edward Bowe Jr. Obituary
Bowe, Clarence Edward Jr.
87, of Paradise Valley passed away peacefully on Monday, August 10, 2015 surrounded by his loved ones. He was the only child of Clarence Edward Bowe, Sr. and Annie Mae Bowe. Born on April 21, 1928 in Memphis, Tennessee, Clarence moved to Arizona in 1958 to open an office for W. B. Dunavant & Co., a Memphis based cotton company. He spent 33 years with the Dunavant Organization, becoming the President of the Western Cotton Shippers Association, retiring in 1990. Clarence loved his career with Dunavant Enterprises and considered his boss, Billy Dunavant his best friend. Clarence was an avid hunter and spent much of his leisure time hunting in Arkansas and Mississippi. He was also a champion skeet shooter and won the Memphis City Championship and many other skeet tournaments throughout Tennessee. Clarence served 2 ½ years in the Army spending time in Seattle, Washington and Ulm, Germany. Clarence married Judith Durrance in 1960 and raised two sons and a daughter. He spent much of his time as a young father coaching little league and softball. He was a devoted church member to Scottsdale United Methodist Church and was a supportive donor to the church and its many services. Clarence shared his success in many ways, but he was most proud of the Bowe Special Care Nursery at the Shea hospital of Honor Health. Clarence was passionate about giving to his favorite causes including Arizona 4-H and was known to donate anonymously to help others promote their passion or dream in life. He was an avid sports fan and loved to cheer for ASU football and basketball. Clarence always had a twinkle in his eye with a positive opinion about everything in life. He will be deeply missed and will always be remembered for his wonderful smile, southern hospitality and sincerity. He made everyone around him feel special. He sincerely cared about people, was generous as could be, and sought no recognition. Clarence was enriched by his love for his family and his long term friends, whom he cherished. He never met a stranger and always had a ready hug, strong handshake and genuine smile or southern greeting for everyone from every walk of life. He lived a life of honoring his priorities his faith in God, his love for his loving family and his dear friends. Clarence was most proud of his family and is survived his beautiful wife, Judy, of 54 years; sons Edward and Rob and daughter, Julie and his precious dog Muffy. His six treasured grandchildren Gregory (19), Bridgette (17), Carter (18), Johnny (17), Hannah (14) and Jacquie (9) were so special to him. He always enjoyed giving them his little pearls of wisdom, driving them to school and attending their many sporting events, plays or special times in their lives. Funeral Services will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 5510 N. Central, Phoenix, Arizona on Sunday, August 16th at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to , Gardiner House - 1510 East Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014 or The Bowe Special Care Nursery at the Shea Hospital Honor Health at Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation 10001 North 92nd Street, Suite 121, Scottsdale, Arizona 85258. Arrangements entrusted to Messinger Mortuary Funeral Home in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 13, 2015
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