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Warren Bowden, 1922-1995

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The Rev. Warren Bowden, age 73, died December 11, 1995, in Woodbridge, Virginia. Warren is survived by his wife, Mary Williams Bowden, of Woodbridge, and their only child, Pamela, who resides with her husband, Karl Dahlhauser, in Germany, and two grandsons, Benjamin and Thomas.

Warren was born in September of 1922 in Sylacauga, Alabama. He was a graduate of the University of Alabama, and lived and worked in Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina before coming to Virginia in 1958. He worked in sales and management until 1983 when he recognized his call into the ministry.

Warren attended Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and graduated in 1987. Warren’s official ministry career was an abbreviated one. He helped out at Mt. Vernon Church, Washington Farm Church, and was hired at St. Paul Church, all in the Alexandria District. He served St. Paul faithfully for nine years as the minister of visitation.

During those nine years, Warren left an indelible mark on those of us who walked this way with him. His laughter and love of life are missed greatly by his St. Paul friends. It is not true that the good we do is buried with our early bones. Nothing is more certain than the influence of a just and good person.

This writer and many others miss Warren’s love of a good joke, or the chance to sit and discuss some current issue in the church. And in the midst of the sadness of our loss, we can hear Warren’s advice and encouragement: "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Be of good cheer, be brave. God loves you."

As Warren slipped quietly from this life, we might have heard someone saying, "There he goes, over the horizon of this earthly existence." And if we listened carefully, with heavenly ears, we might have been able to hear the angels singing, "Here he comes!"

A memorial service was held on December 14, 1996, at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Woodbridge, Virginia, with Dr. Larry O. Tingle presiding.

Farewell, good and faithful servant of the Lord!

— Larry O. Tingle



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