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May 10, 2013

Happy 100th birthday, Charlie

Retired educator reflects on life in Dalton

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Community involvement

Bowen has had several honors and awards. They include carrying the Olympic Torch during the Atlanta games, earning the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America for his efforts with that organization, receiving the Service to Mankind Award from the Sertoma Club of Dalton, and numerous others. He is a member of the Northwest Georgia Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame.

He has been a member of Dalton’s Rotary Club since 1941 — 72 years.

Rotary President Brian Anderson said that while he’s known Bowen for only a few years, he views him as one of the most respected members there. Rotary members celebrated Bowen’s birthday a few days early by presenting him with a cake on Tuesday.

“He is at the Rotary any time his health allows,” Anderson said.

Bowen, he said, interacts with people in the same quick-witted way one might expect if he were still just 40 or 50. His service to the club has earned him several prestigious awards, he said.

He was active with Dalton’s Habitat for Humanity, an organization provides assistance with funding and labor to build houses for people who otherwise might not have them. The organization recently broke ground on its 50th home. He was president of the local organization for five years and has been a board member since 1987.

He has also been active in the United Way of Northwest Georgia, Junior Achievement, Big Brothers Big Sisters and several education and community service organizations.

Bowen has been a member of First Baptist Church of Dalton for decades. He has been a deacon, Sunday school teacher, chairman of deacons and Sunday school superintendent.

His family includes a daughter, Peggy Bowen Green, son and daughter-in-law Charles and Claire Bowen; six grandchildren (Tracy Lovelady, Joanie Dufek, Chuck Bowen, Benjamin Bowen, Michael Bowen and Kittye Parker); and six great-grandchildren.

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