March 6, 2014

Charlie Bowen passes away

From Staff Reports
The Daily Citizen

— Dalton resident Charlie Bowen, a longtime educator, community leader and centenarian, passed away this morning.

He was 100.

Love Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Bowen began his education career in the early 1930s and held several jobs in other counties in Georgia before coming to Dalton as principal of Fort Hill School in 1940. He then served in the Navy from 1943-46 and taught math at Georgia Tech for four months. In 1946, he moved back to Dalton where he became principal of Dalton High School until 1968. He was then promoted to assistant superintendent of the school system for about a year before working as superintendent from 1969-1975.

Bowen received many honors and awards. They include carrying the Olympic Torch during the 1996 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 was also involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity and the United Way of Northwest Georgia.

He had been a member of Dalton’s Rotary Club since 1941.

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