Ulysess Vinson Bowlin

Ulysess Vinson “Red” Bowlin, 82, passed away Thursday, October 19, 2006 at Healthcare and Rehabilitation of Sanford, Sanford, FL, after a long illness. U.V. was born in Bonifay, FL, February 25, 1924. He was the eleventh child of thirteen born to Allen and Sally Anderson Bowlin, the Alphabetical Family of Bonifay. All thirteen children were named alphabetically. He was married to the late Mamie Pitts Bowlin of Bonifay for 55 years. He was buried with graveside Masonic Rites, October 28, at the Geneva Cemetery.

Bowlin was preceded in death by his parents, Allen and Sally Bowlin; his wife, Mamie; brothers, Audie Bryant Bowlin, Curtis Drew Bowlin, Grady Hampton Bowlin, and Millard Nathan Bowlin; sisters, Era Faye Tindell and Olivia Penelope “Penny” Harriet, and a great-granddaughter, Heather Rumpf.

Bowlin is survived by his daughter, Annice B. Woods and husband, Roger, of Palatka FL three sons, Allen “Buddy” Bowlin and his wife, Jody, of Sanford, James, “Jim” Bowlin and his wife, Andi, of Geneva, AL, and Henry Bowlin and wife, Debra, of Sanford; four sisters, Ida Jeannette Branton of Panama City, FL, Knola Leantha Dogy of Panama City, Quincy Ruth Howell, of Columbus, NC, and Sarah Thelma Howell of Bonifay; two brothers, Wilson Xava Bowlin of Macclenny and Yon Zircle Bowlin of Chipley. There are also 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren surviving.

Bowlin lived in Panama City. In 1954, he and his family moved to DeFuniak Springs, and lived here until 1963. He worked at Tyndall AFB and Eglin AFB as a civilian aircraft electrician. After moving to Sanford in 1963 he worked for Chase Groves, Inc. as an electrician. He loved to fish and hunt.

[Source: The DeFuniak Springs Herald, November 9, 2006, Page 7B]

[Burial: Geneva Cemetery, Geneva]