Valdosta Daily Times

November 9, 2012

Bonnie Smith McGowan


The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Bonnie Smith McGowan, 91, of Valdosta, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Langdale Hospice House. She was born in Arcadia, Fla., on Oct. 28, 1921, to the late A.L. and Artie Lenora Albritton Smith. Mrs. McGowan was a great prayer warrior, enjoyed reading her Bible, and keeping informed about current events. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, who affectionately called her “Mooma” and “Woo.” During the 30 years she lived in Brandon, Fla., she enjoyed participating in water aerobics and the Silver Sneakers at the YMCA and was a loyal member of the First Baptist Church. Mrs. McGowan attended the Hahira United Methodist Church since moving to this area seven years ago to be near family.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Eileen and Edward Reed of Floral City, Fla., Marianne and Robert Soper of Hahira; her grandchildren, Will Soper and Kristy Williams of Marietta, Bonnie and Nathan Johnson of Valdosta, Zachary Soper of Hahira, Emily and Brian Johnson of Corpus Christi, Texas; great-grandson, Noah Johnson of Corpus Christi, Texas; lifelong best friend, Marjorie Robinson of Jonesboro, Ga.; and special caregivers, Lisa Starling, Renae Wiseman, and Petrina Johnson.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, William L. McGowan Jr.; three sisters, Grace Edwards, Marjorie Fagan, Dorothy Garner; and three brothers, Herman Smith, Durward C. Smith and Rivers Smith.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at the Hahira United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ken Morgan officiating. Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in the Gardens of Memories Cemetery in Tampa, Fla. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at the Martin/McLane Funeral Home in Hahira. Flowers will be accepted  or memorials may be  made to the Stepping Stone Farm (Christian Home for Troubled Girls), 8421 Pitcher Road, Lithia, FL 33547.

Condolences to the family may be conveyed online at www.mclanecares.com. — Martin/McLane Funeral Home of Hahira