On Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, God came to the Bowen family and summoned home a good and faithful servant, a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend.|
A Life Celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 at the Harmony Baptist Church, 2111 E. Tuck St., Sherman. Elder Robert Softly will officiate with Evangelist A. J. Wilson eulogist. Burial will follow at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park. Public visitation will be on Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Cravens Funeral Home located at 225 W. Brockett St, followed by a family night from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Friendly Church of God in Christ located at 711 E. Lamar in Sherman.
Cleophus, lovingly known as "Cleo or Cle" was born in Sherman, Texas, Sept. 25, 1955, the fourth child born to the parentage of Ora Mae Luper Bowen and the late Elder Cecil Bowen. He attended school in the Sherman ISD and was a 1974 graduate. While in high school he ran track and was a member of the acapella choir. It was at Sherman High that he learned his auto mechanic skills. He was a superior mechanic who was willing to help anyone in need. He was always working, restoring and repairing something.
On Feb. 15, 1975 he married Patricia Taylor. To this union three children were born. Later, he married Shelia Gail Toodle on June 8, 1991 and was instrumental in the raising of her daughter.
Cleophus was employed at Burlington Industry for 13 years, then Oscar Mayer for 12 years, both in Sherman and Blockbuster Video Distribution Center in McKinney, Texas for 12 years.
Cleophus was a dedicated lifelong member of King Street Church of God in Christ which was later named Friendly Church of God in Christ. He began serving the Lord as a member of the Sunshine Band, sang and later became one of the musicians for the Jubilistic Ensemble and the senior choir. During his life he was under the pastoral leadership of Supt T. D. Daniels, Elder McNeese, Bishop J. E. Lee, Sr., and his current pastor, Bishop T.W. Johnson. Bro. Cleo as he was affectionately called, at the time of his departure, was a church musician, member of the church finance committee, the Brotherhood and President of the New Jubilistic Ensemble. Bro. Cleo was faithful to his calling as musician. He played the lead guitar for the Sherman District Choir, Texas Northeast Third Jurisdiction State Choir, Sherman Federated Choir, many churches and groups not only in Texas but in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and wherever he was asked. Music was his life, and he and his brother William were the dynamic duo. Some of the music groups they played for were The Spiritual Harmonizers, The Zionaires, Heavenly Five and the Friendly Five, just to name a few.
Cleophus, was preceded in death by his father, Elder Cecil Bowen and his grandparents.
Leaving to cherish his loving memory are: His wife of 22 years, Shelia; sons – Cleophus, Jr. (Kenshaunda) and Brandon (Ashley); daughters – Tiffany Banks (Jerry, Jr.), and Sheena Toodle-Myles all of Sherman; mother – Ora Mae Bowen; brothers – Melvin, Sr. (Dorothy), and William all of Sherman; sisters – Dorothy Winters (Isaac) of Denison, Texas, and Lena Brothers of Sherman; grandchildren: Jadyn Banks, Jerry Banks III, Kane Bowen, Jordyn Banks, Skylar Myles and LaNiya Campbell; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.
The Bowen Family is under the Personal Care of the Cravens Funeral Home in Sherman.
Published in The Herald Democrat on Aug. 16, 2013