DEXTER -- Benton Garfield Bowman, 86, died March 28, 2008, at the John J. Pershing V.A. Medical Hospital in Poplar Bluff.
Born April 10, 1921, to the late Acy Bowman and Irene Sneed Bowman, he was a former resident of Malden and Bernie before moving to Dexter in 1963. He served in the United States Navy in 1942 and was released on a medical discharge. He was a former fireman of the Malden Fire Department, worked at Federal Mogul in Malden, Delta Asphalt in Cape Girardeau and Williams Moving Company in Dexter.
On Jan. 16, 1943, in Malden, he married Mary McKenzie, who died Jan. 30, 1962. On Oct. 5, 1963, in Dudley, he married June Mallory Qualls, who survives of the home in Dexter.
Other survivors include: one son, Keith Bowman of Garland, Texas; one daughter, Marilyn Bowman DeJournett of Essex; three step-sons: Dean Qualls of Venice, Fla., Carl Qualls of Dexter and David Qualls of Advance; two brothers: Calvin Bowman of Malden and Ed Bowman of Campbell; three sisters, Nadine Bowman Trobaugh of Kennett, Betty Jo Bowman Green of Campbell and Martha Bowman Teaster of Pocahontas, Ark.; and 11 grandchildren and 26 great-
He was preceded in death by one brother, Thomas Amos Bowman; and one step-grandson Carl Adam Qualls.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter, where services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Ed Stoner will officiate. Burial will follow in the Malden Memorial Park Cemetery in Malden.