Dorothy Bowles

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Dorothy Thula Bowles


Dorothy Thula Bowles, 96, died Sunday, August 3, 2014.  Dorothy was born August 17, 1917 in Clarksville, TN to James E. and Martha Ann (Gillock) Sutton.  She married Frank Bowles on July 7, 1935 and moved to Eaton County in 1937. Frank and Dorothy bought the Potterville Grain Elevator in 1961 and ran the business together, retiring 32 years later.

Dorothy and Frank attended church 20 years in Eaton Rapids, 20 years in Lansing, and 20 years at First Baptist Church in Charlotte. Dorothy is survived by her two daughters Martha (David) Smart, and Frankie (Lewis) Johnson; 5 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great-grandchildren.  Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Frank, son-in-law David Smart, 4 sisters, 3 brothers, and  3 grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Bowles will be held Wednesday, August 6 at 2:00 PM at the Pray Funeral Home with Rev. William Kinnan officiating.  Interment will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery.   The family will receive visitors Tuesday, August 5 from 3-5 pm and 7-9 pm at Pray Funeral Home.

If desired memorial contributions may be made to Sparrow Hospice, or Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital.  Family and friends may share memories and condolences through Dorothy's Online Book of Memories at


Funeral Home
Pray Funeral Home, Inc.
401 West Seminary Charlotte, MI 48813
(517) 543-2950
Funeral Home Details
Published in Lansing State Journal on Aug. 5, 2014
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