David Morrow Bowden, age 42, of Athens, passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. He was born in Decatur, Alabama, on October 2, 1970, and moved to Athens with his family shortly thereafter. David grew up in Athens and graduated from Cedar Shoals High School in 1989 where he was a member of the Cross Country team. He later graduated from the University of Georgia with an A.B. in History.
David was a life-long member of Covenant Presbyterian Church where his Father served as the Minister. He was very active with the youth ministry and youth athletic program for many years. Upon completion of his A.B. degree at UGA, David served as a Volunteer of Christian Mission in Bridgewater, England. He then served on the denominational staff for the Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, followed by serving as the Youth Director of the First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo, Mississippi. David then moved to Atlanta where he worked as a Talent Relations Manager for the WCW. During this time he met and later married Lindsey Sullivan, and they moved to Athens. David continued to serve with his wife Lindsey at Covenant Presbyterian Church where he was an Elder and a youth group leader. At this time he was employed at Athens Regional Hospital. David later earned his M.B.A. from the UGA Terry College of Business. Then David and Lindsey moved to Memphis, Tennessee where David and his business partner were owner/operators of several Zaxby's franchises located in Northern Mississippi and NW Arkansas. During their stay in Memphis, David and Lindsey were blessed with the birth of two children: Thomas, age 4 and Natalie, age 1. While continuing to operate the Zaxby's franchises, David and his family returned home to Athens to live. He resumed active membership in Covenant Presbyterian Church and served on the Stewardship and Finance Ministry Team as well as the Youth Renovation Team.
David is survived by his parents, Jim and Jere Bowden, wife Lindsey, son Thomas, daughter Natalie, brothers Bill (Eydie), Mike (Sandra), Steve (Deedee) and their families.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Athens on Monday, March 4 with the Reverend Mark Harper and the Reverend Beecher Matthes officiating. There will be a visitation and reception immediately following the service in the fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that contributions in memory of David be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1065 Gaines School Road, Athens, GA 30605, or the Montreat Conference Center Campground, Montreat, North Carolina.
Online condolences may be offered at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com
Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald from Mar. 1 to Mar. 4, 2013