ALBANY, GA (WALB) - One of South Georgia's long time leaders, Senator Rooney Bowen died last week. A great friend to Crisp County, he was instrumental in many of the amenities in the community, such as the 18 hole golf course, Lake Blackshear Resort, and South Georgia Technical College.
Friends say he worked tirelessly to help the community and was always just a phone call away, and they will never forget the positive impact that he had.
The chamber board and staff sent condolences to his family. "Thank you for sharing your dad with our community for so many years". He was a true Southern gentleman and he will be greatly missed."
Rooney L. Bowen Jr, of Cordele, Georgia died Thursday, March 3, 2016 at his residence.
Born in Dooly County, he was the son of the late Jewell Joiner Bowen and Rooney L. Bowen Sr. He was a member of the Cordele First United Methodist Church. Survivors include his children, a son, Rooney Bowen III (Allison) of Vienna, and a daughter, Judy B. Carter (Trav) of Atlanta; a sister, Frances B. Worrall of Perry; and five grandchildren, Neeley Harmon, Haydon Davis, Ben Carter, Chandler Bowen and Elizabeth Carter.
Funeral Services were held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at Cordele First United Methodist Church. Interment followed in Walnut Cemetery in Unadilla.
Bowen was a long time businessman and President of Rooney Bowen Chevrolet of Vienna and Cordele for 49 years.
He was also a long-term member of the Georgia General Assembly, serving in the Georgia House of Representatives for 10 years and the Georgia State Senate for 22 years.
He always considered his highest award in the Georgia State Senate as being honored The Outstanding Legislator of the Year from the Association of Mentally Disabled Citizens.
Because of his dedication and support of the Georgia Sheriff's Youth Home, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Georgia Sheriff's Youth Home at P.O. Box 1000, Stockbridge, GA 30281.