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Charles "Chuck" Bowen, Sr.

November 1, 1930 — April 26, 2021

Charles “Chuck” Jackson Bowen, Sr., 90, of Moultrie, passed away Monday, April 26, 2021 at his home.

Brad Bowen, Chuck’s son and pastor, will honor his Dad’s legacy with a special message during each of the Sunday morning services at Heritage Church in Moultrie. All are welcome to attend at either 9:00 AM or 10:45 AM.

A small memorial gathering will also be held at the First Baptist Church of Pelham on Sunday at 2:30 PM. The family will greet friends after the service at the church.

Born on November 1, 1930, Chuck Bowen’s life included a wide variety of accomplishments in many different fields. He performed in Summer Stock before becoming a high school principal at the tender age of 18. He served two years in the U.S. Army before meeting his wife of 65 years, Sydney Ann Shields, in Augusta, GA, as she danced in a production at the Camp Gordon Playhouse. They went on to perform on the stage as Cyd & Chuck, gaining acclaim throughout the South.  He then returned to Columbus, GA, where he worked at WTVM-TV as a news anchor, commercial spokesman, wrestling announcer, and even as a Saturday morning clown representing Golden Flake Potato Chips.  His stint as the original “Flako the Clown” was a favorite of kids in the area who would “Save up their bags and add up their points” to win a bicycle each week.  He then settled in Athens, GA, with his family of five children and made his mark in adult education at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.  He completed his coursework for his PhD but then chose to produce 14 widely acclaimed films documenting the lives of “Great Georgians”.  His wife ran a very successful ballet school and they remained there until returning to Pelham, GA, his birthplace.  He served as a teacher and principal until retirement a number of years later.  He had recently relocated to Moultrie, GA, and enjoyed spending time with his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids any chance he got.  His love of theater never diminished as he was featured on the show, “America’s Funniest People” and even auditioned for “America’s Got Talent”.  He will always be loved and missed by his family, friends, and church.

Survivors include his wife, Sydney Shields Bowen of Moultrie, GA; children, Leslie Hodges and husband Bobby of Pelham, GA, Lisa Stephens and husband Gary of Thomasville, GA, Lari Lavigne and husband Patrick of Savannah, GA, Charles “Bo” Bowen, Jr. and significant other Ginger Fawcett of Savannah, GA, Brad Bowen and wife Michelle of Moultrie, GA; grandchildren, Raina Miranda and husband Elijah, Peyton Hodges, Chelsea Carvin and husband Adam, Ben Goldman and significant other Brianna Queen, Brannen Goldman and wife Amber, Alison Hall and husband Drew, Josh Stephens, Tyler Lavigne, Alayna Bowen, Alexandra Bowen, Braden Bowen, Christian Bowen, Hudson Bowen, Preston Bowen and Bailey Bowen; great-grandchildren, Asher Miranda, Jackson Miranda, Sydney Mae Miranda, Lola Miranda, Cameron Carvin, Charlie Carvin, Max Carvin, Addison Hall, Jackson Hall, Seth Stephens, Breck Queen, Harper Wisham, Ryn Goldman; sister, Teel Lee of Thomasville, GA.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the Heritage Church Storehouse, PO Box 307, Moultrie, GA. 31776.

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