Obituaries

Bobby Benson

Mr. Bobby Joe Benson, age 68 of Winfield, passed away on June 23, 2016 in Hammond Louisiana. Bobby was a 1965 graduate of Brilliant High School. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Malloy and Lillie Marie Franks Benson.  He is survived by his wife, Brenda Benson, daughters, Cindy (Tim) Winslett of Brilliant, Tracy (Marty) Miles of Tuscaloosa, and Kristi (Jeremie) Flemming of Millport, grandchildren, Amanda Bowen, Clint Nabors, Robin (Ben) Fortenberry, Derrick (Jordan) Miles, Tyler Nix, Kayla Winslett, and Nathan Winslett, great grandchildren, Cailen Nabors, Parker and Abby Fortenberry, Brooks and Brylee Bowen, Elena McCarley, and one soon on the way, Aven Miles, a brother, Gary Lee (Laura) Benson of Monroeville, and a host of nieces nephews and other relatives and friends.  Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, from the Bowen FUneral Home Chapel with burial to follow in the Winfield City Cemetery.  Bro. Anthony Robbins, Bro. E.T. Sargent, and Bro. Bill Duncan will officiate.  Visitation will be held fro 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. (service time) on Sunday at the funeral home.  Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield serving the Benson family. 

Julie York

Mrs. Julie Rachelle Borland York, age 44 of CenterPoint, passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at her residence.  Julie was a 1989 graduate of Hueytown High School.  She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Scott Borland.  Julie is survived by her mother, Myra Guin Reed of Birmingham, a brother, Scott Borland of Birmingham, her grandmother, Johnnie Guin of Winfield, and a host of aunts, uncles, and other relatives and friends.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 from the Bowen Funeral Home chapel with burial to follow in Zion Missionary Baptist Cemetery.  The visitation will be held on Wednesday from 12:00 noon until 1:00 p.m. (service time), at the funeral home.  Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield serving Julie's family. 

Mr. Steve Kelly

Mr. Steve Kelly, age 63 of Winfield passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at his residence.  Mr. Kelly was born on December 23, 1952 in Moline, IL.  He was a lifelong member of the Detroit Church of God, and retired from NTN Bower with over 38 years of service.  He was preceded in death by his mother,  Mary Smith Kelly, grandparents, Earnest and Jenny Kelly, and Grover and Rosa Smith, and a nephew, Kyle Stidham.  Mr. Kelly is survived by his wife, Pat Minor Kelly of Winfield, a daughter, Amy (Aaron) Scogin, of Winfield, his grandson, Ryan Scogin of Winfield, his father, Coy Eugene Kelly of Hamilton, a brother, Daniel Eugene (Debra) Kelly of Jasper, a sister, Lisa Kelly (Jeff) Stidham of Hamilton, and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2016 from the Detroit Church of God with burial to follow in the Cooper Cemetery.  David Gifford and Leon Beasley will officiate. The visitation will be from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. (service time) on Saturday at the church.  Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield serving the Kelly family. 

Mrs. Christine M. Smith

Mrs. Sarah Christine Meherg Smith, age 82 of Winfield, passed away on Monday, May 30, 2016 at Sunset Manor Healthcare Facility in Guin.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Shadrick Meherg and Lola Mae Galloway, her husband, Dr. William Allen Smith Sr., her brothers, Walter Banks Meherg, Joel Meherg, Wiley Seaborn Meherg, Clyde Meherg, Caleb Clifton Meherg, and a sister, Edith Pate.  She is survived by her sons, William Allen (Nicki) Smith of Okeechobee, FL, and David Neal (Tina) Smith of Macon, MS, grandchildren, Holli Smith of Nashville, and Tyler Lawrence of Winfield, great grandchild, Brayden "Boo" Lawrence, a brother, Jimmy Neal (Freddie) Meherg of Winfield, close nephew, Mike Meherg of Winfield, and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.  Funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from the Bowen Funeral Home chapel with burial to follow in the West Alabama Memorial Gardens in Gu-Win.   Bro. Tim Meherg will officiate.  Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. (service time) on Wednesday at the funeral home.  Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield serving the Smith family.

Carrel Roberts Taylor Shotts

Mrs. Carrel Lorene Roberts Taylor Shotts, age 88 of Hamilton, passed away on Monday, May 23, 2016 at Marion Regional Healthcare in Hamilton.  Mrs. Shots was a member of the Mt. Hope Freewill Baptist Church.  She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Della Roberts, husbands, Everett "Bub" Taylor and Flora Shotts, and 11 brothers and sisters. she is survived by her brother, Elmo Roberts, step-sons, Harold and Larry Shotts, and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 26th, from the Mt. Hope Freewill Baptist Church with burial to follow in the Barnesville cemetery.  Bro. Terry Parrish and Bro. Randall Tice will officiate.  The visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. (service time) on Thursday at the church.  Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield serving the Mrs. Shotts family. 

Mr. William Thomas Harbin


Mr. William Thomas Harbin age 75 of Winfield passed away on May 19, 2016 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Georgia.  Mr. Harbin was a 1959 graduate of Winfield City High School where he served as junior and senior class president.  He is a graduate of Florence State Teachers College.  Mr. Harbin was a member of the Winfield Church of Christ.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Louie Edward and LaRue Moore Harbin and step mother Esther Lene Harbin.  Mr. Harbin is survived by his wife Dianne Harbin of Winfield, sons, Mark Harbin of Canton, Georgia, Tom (Tina) Harbin of Flowery Branch, Georgia, and Jeff Maddox of Alpharetta, Georgia, daughter, Amanda Harbin of Miami, Florida, grandchildren, Morgan Harbin, Mackenzi Opfer, Savannah Duffy, Levi Harbin, Jesse Harbin, Bradley Maddox, Brandon Robinson, Ashley Faulkner, and one great grandchild on the way, Haiziah Ryan Opfer, sisters, Julia West of Alpharetta, Georgia, Martha (Bob) Takacs of Roswell, Georgia, Pam Harbin of West Blocton, Alabama, Cathy (Phil) Williams of Locust Grove, Georgia, Carol Khalikyar of Roswell, Georgia, mother of the Harbin children, Judy Hawkins Harbin Shimley, 17 nieces and nephews, 13 great nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 3:00 pm from the Bowen Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in Winfield City Cemetery.  James Wyers will be the officiating minister.  Visitation will be from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm service time on Sunday at the funeral home.  Bowen Funeral Home serving the Harbin family. 


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