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William T. Bowling

Submitted by Donnie Pickard




September 19, 1924
Page 1
Van Buren County Democrat

William T. Bowling Dead

William T. Bowling, better known to his neighbors and more intimate friends as "Uncle Bill" or "Grandpa Bowling," after a lingering illness of several months, departed this life at his home on Culpepper mountain Sept. 16th, 1924, aged 78 years, 11 months and 21 days.

Grandpa was born in Hardimon County, Tenn., coming to Arkansas in the early seventies. Before leaving Tennessee he was married to Miss ?ellie Hubbard. To them five children- four boys and one girl- were born. The latter died in infancy. The four sons survive and are now numbered among Culpepper Township's most prominent citizens, towit: James G., Tom, Isom and Joe H.

In early life Grandpa entered the teaching profession his career as such being cut short by the Civil War. Enlisting for the duration of the war in the cause of the Confederacy he was assigned to the Calvary under Capt. N.B. Forrest. He was in several prominent battles, the most noteworthy being the battle of Shiloh.

At the end of the war Mr. Bowling returned to his home and with his father, brothers and sisters and his bride journeyed to Arkansas, settling near Center Ridge, Conway County. It was here that he lost his wife, she being laid to rest at the Gravel Hill Cemetery. He was subsequently married to Miss Lula Durham of Conway County, who survives. Since their marriage, 43 years since, eleven children have been born to them, and six of whom survive, as follows: John, Fred, Etter, now Mrs. Sam Bonds, Clint, Nettie, Mrs. Garland Grime?, and Lee, now Mrs. Olen Bonds, all of whom reside in the community of the parental home.

About 50 years ago Grandpa became a member of the Christian Church and was faithful to the end. He was a man well read for his day and was competent of giving wholesome advice on many important matters. He is survived by one brother, John T. Bowling of Ft. Smith, and six sisters, as follows: Mrs. Sallie Needham, Mrs. May P. Ledford, Mrs. Ella Glendenning, all of Formosa, Mrs. Addie Cook and Mrs. Callie Kissire of Morrilton. Besides the wife and children mentioned he is survived by 11 grand children and 13 great-grandchildren. To the bereaved family and relatives we all extend our sympathy to this their hour of sorrow.

A Friend
Culpepper Mt., Sept. 17th, 1924