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Bowlin Family of Cosby, Missouri
CHARLES CHESTER and DORA LOU BOWLIN were born to CHESTER A. BOWLIN and DORA (RILEY) BOWLIN of COSBY, MISSOURI, January 8, 1926. CHESTER BOWLIN served as Mayor of Cosby also a BUNZ. CHESTER was a businessman in Cosby. He was sole or part owner of a creamery, Allis Chalmer Farm Equipment business, and a Chevrolet Dealership. Mrs. Bowlin was a retired schoolteacher. The large white home of the BOWLIN FAMILY sported its own croquet court. Later, MR. BOWLIN liquidated his assets and abandoned his family. At the age of 12, CHARLES went to work nights, full-time, and school, days, to support his twin sister and his mother. He continued to support her until her death. No traces have been found, still, of CHESTER. Grandma lived with us in St Joseph, MO on Jones St., where she died in the late 40's. DORA LOU BOWLIN, died in Florida a few years back, with her brother and my mother at her side. My father, (stepfather) and my mother had an early birth of my little brother, who would have been CHARLES CHESTER BOWLIN, JR., had he lived. My mother and father will celebrate their 55th Wedding Anniversary on September 25 of 2001. CHARLES C. BOWLIN, is 75 years of age and became an ordained minister a couple of years ago. He has to his credit, Coordinator for BILLY GRAHMM CRUSADE at 3 RIVERS STADIUM in Pittsburgh. Jesus March on Washington, Former President of the Full Gospel Businessmen's Assoc. for Western Pennsylvania, President of Friends of Boy Scouts in Monroeville, PA and owner of Bowlin Plumbing and Heating in Penn Hills, PA, which he still runs full time with a staff of 8 employees and four trucks. His wife Lavona, is an increasingly famous gospel singer, and they travel to her engagements every weekend in PA and surrounding states. Mr. Bowlin has a saying, "If you cannot live on a 40 hour paycheck, then you are living beyond your means". On their front door is a sign, tastefully done, that states, "As for My House, We will Serve the Lord". Submitted by: Shari Raymond
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