Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Rev. Charles Edward Bowers

Rev. Charles Edward Bowers of Albemarle passed away Tuesday,December 18, 2018 in Atrium Stanly.  His funeral service will be 3 PM Friday, December 21 2018 at Sweet Home Baptist Church with Pastor Preston Young, Pastor Nathan Hammill and Brother Buck Moore officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery with full military rites by the Stanly County DAV Ritual Team.  The family will receive friends at Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care of Albemarle on Thursday evening from 6 until 8PM. 

Born March 21, 1933 in Stanly County, NC he was the son of the late Barney and Naralee Poplin Bowers and was the founder of Sweet Home Baptist Church 41 years ago.  He served as pastor of the church for 33 years.  He was also a department head at Collins and Aikman for many years.  Rev. Bowers was a veteran of the US Marine Corps. 

He is survived by his wife Elvene “Miss Toot” Burleson Bowers of the home, sons Rick Bowers (Kelly) of Albemarle and Jeff Bowers(Aimee) of New London and daughter Angela Talotta (Frank) of Myrtle Beach, SC, brother Ted Bowers of New London, 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. 


  • David M Harrison Posted December 18, 2018 2:31 pm

    Sure am sorry to hear about Preacher Bowers. We go back many yrs. I know he will be missed. Know that my wife and I will keep family in our prayers. God bless you and give grace to you thru this time.

  • Lori R Booth Posted December 18, 2018 2:51 pm

    So sorry for your loss Rick, I didn’t personally know you, but I went to school with Kelly. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Frankie Harris Posted December 18, 2018 4:02 pm

    Rick and family I send my condolences on the passing of your Father. May God be with each of you in the coming days is my prayer.

  • David and Sarah Fisher Posted December 18, 2018 8:26 pm

    Our deepest condolences and prayers to the Bowers family.

  • Doris Heglar Posted December 18, 2018 8:43 pm

    So sorry to hear of Preacher Bowers passing, he was a Great Man and will be missed by many, prayers for the family.

  • Pastor Ricky Chappell Posted December 18, 2018 11:10 pm

    Sis Bowers and the family. I am sorry fir you grief with Preacher Bowers passing, He was a blessing to me and my family. I want y’all to know that I am praying for you all. Love y’all.

  • Johnnie R Faulkner Posted December 19, 2018 2:15 pm

    Prayers for this sweet family!

  • Carol Shank Posted December 19, 2018 8:12 pm

    So sorry for your loss. God has a reason for allowing things to happen. We may never understand HIS wisdom. We just trust His will in our lives.. Prayers for your family.

  • Jane Honeycutt Posted December 20, 2018 9:16 am

    He was such a sweet man. Called me “Honeycutt” because Amy called me “Jane Honeycutt” when she talked about me. Always smiling and loving and kind. God led him to start up Sweet Home Baptist Church and if you do not have a church that would be a good one to attend. I met him when playing for a wedding there. He told me that Amy needed Forever Young Retreat and he told Forever Young Retreat that they needed her and that has been a blessing for us, so over the years I had the pleasure of seeing he and “Miss Toot” many times, and I treasure those times. Thinking of all of you during this time of saying goodbye in the earthly way and looking forward to saying “hello” in Heaven one day. All the time God is good. God is good all the time.

  • Becca Trotman Posted December 21, 2018 8:28 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. “Preacher” meant so much to my husband. They were big fishing buddies and he was such a great influence on Ed. Ed will be so happy to have “Preacher ” with him in Heaven.

  • David & Joy Batten Posted December 23, 2018 2:12 pm

    Our deepest sympathy

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