Graveside funeral services were held last week for a prominent retired educator and churchwoman, Barbara Johnson Bowie.
Mrs. Bowie spent most of her adult life working in the churches of Shreveport and Monroe and helping children in the public school systems as a Special Education Teacher for the deaf.
The Reverend Ike Byrd officiated the graveside service on behalf of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church family.
Mrs. Bowie’s official obituary read as follows:
Mrs. Bobbie Johnson Bowie was born in Shreveport, Louisiana to the loving parents of Mr. Alex Johnson, Sr. and Mrs. Lottie Jackson Johnson on March 22, 1933.
Bobbie was the 6th child of seven Johnson children. She passed on to be with our Lord on November 25, 2020, in Monroe, Louisiana.
Bobbie joined Avenue Baptist Church at an early age and was baptized by the late Reverend Henry “Doc” Allen. When the doors of Avenue Baptist Church were open, the Johnson family was going to be there. Bobbie was a member of the choir and sometimes played the piano for the church. Her favorite bible verse was Proverbs 3:6 ”In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct the path.”
Bobbie attended West Shreveport Elementary and Central Junior High School. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1951.
In the fall of 1951, Bobbie followed her five siblings by also attending Southern University, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1954.
She earned a master’s degree in Deaf Education at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1967. She also received endorsements in Special Education and Administration from the University of Louisiana-Monroe during the early 1970s. Bobbie earned a Masters in Christian Education from the National Baptist Convention.
After graduating from Southern University, she returned to Shreveport to work for the Caddo Parish School System as an elementary school teacher and high school deaf education teacher. In 1968, Bobbie began teaching for the Monroe City Public School system, where she was a pioneer in Special Education. There she taught pre-school deaf and noncategorical special education students. She retired from the Monroe City School system as Director of Special Education in 1992.
Marriage church service
Bobbie’s first marriage was to James Price, Jr. This union produced her daughter Charmaine Price Jenkins. She later married Abraham H. Bowie, Jr in 1968, until his death in 2015. This marriage produced their beloved son Eric Bowie, Sr.
Bobbie joined Mount Zion Baptist Church in Monroe, Louisiana in 1968 where she remained a faithful member. She played the piano and was a Sunday School teacher, member of the choir and Mothers Board. Additionally, she served as Director of Christian Education and taught classes in Christian education.
Bobbie was also a member of the Somoan Civic Club and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Bobbie loved her family dearly and enjoyed spending time and traveling with them. She was a good friend and an advisor to many.
Bobbie was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Abraham “Jim” Bowie, Jr., her parents Mr. and Mrs. Alex Johnson, Sr, and her siblings Alex Johnson, Jr., Otis Johnson, Alfirst Johnson Merritt, Edward Johnson, Sr., Jodie Johnson and Nealy Johnson Dunnings Britton.
She leaves to cherish memories of love and devotion to her daughter Charmaine P. Jenkins (Plez), of Springfield, Virginia, and her son Eric Bowie Sr (Anona), of Monroe, Louisiana. Grandchildren: Dr. Koren Jenkins Purvis; Plez A. Jenkins Jr; Jamakyle Bowie; Eric Bowie Jr; Kenneth Bowie; Eriona Bowie; 9 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.