Viola Josephine "Josie" (Todd) Bowden
Dec 24, 1850 - May 20, 1953
Mrs. Bowden, 102, Dies At Tupelo
Mrs. R. A. Bowden, 102, died Wednesday afternoon at the home of a
daughter, Mrs. J. D. Burdine, at Tupelo following several weeks’
Funeral services will be held from the Rice Baptist church Thursday
at 4 p.m. with burial in the
Rice Cemetery. She was the last living charter member of the
Rice church organized in 1879. She had been a Baptist 86 years. She
celebrated her 100th birthday two years ago by attending church at
Mrs. Bowden was born Dec. 24, 1850, in Tennessee, and married the
late R. A. Bowden in 1870. He died here in 1913. The couple came to
Bell county in 1877 and to Navarro county the following year.
Grandma Bowden vividly remembered Civil War days as well as the
Spanish-American and the two World Wars.
Surviving are seven children, Mrs. M. E. Cummins, Rice; Mrs. Viola
McNutt, William Miller Bowden and Grover Bowden, all of Corsicana;
Mrs. Burdine, Tupelo; John R. Bowden, Rice, and Mrs. Clay Fluker,
Corsicana, and many other relatives. She had 100 living descendants.
McCammon will direct.