Joyce Benton Bowden


SURRY - Joyce Benton Bowden passed away on Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Hospital in Houston, Texas. A native of Newport News, she was a resident of Surry County for the past 11 years. She retired from CEBAF on medical disability in 1994. Prior to retirement, she was the general manager at several hotels in the Newport News, Hampton and Williamsburg area. Mrs. Bowden was preceded in death by her mother, Anna T. Benton, and grandmother, Katherine R. Young. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Royce Bowden; her children, Todd Bowden and his wife, Lisa, of Poquoson and Alan Bowden and his wife, Kim, of Fairfax; her beloved grandchildren, Royce, Jeannine and Christopher; her sister, Catherine Ann Worth of Hampton, and two brothers, Donald L. Benton of Richmond and Harry E. Benton of Hampton; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Her spirit and courage through the last 12 years will forever serve as an inspiration to her family and friends. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Friday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Poquoson, officiated by the Rev. James D. Thomas. Burial will be in Peninsula Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 895 Middle Ground Blvd., Suite 154, Newport News, VA 23606.
Published in the Daily Press from 8/6/2003 - 8/7/2003.

Although we never met Joyce, we have heard a lot of wonderful things about her from Kathy Tunno. We know she will be missed by all the lives she touched. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.
All the girls at Lewis & DeBerry Reporting Service
Brenda Lewis (Williamsburg, VA )
August 7, 2003
As I look back on my life, Joyce is at the top of my list of persons who have influenced me the most - she was a mentor and friend and will be missed dearly.
Stephanie Castleman-Argue (Williamsburg, VA )
August 7, 2003

I have such wonderfully vivid memories of Joyce going all the way back to our days at NNHS and they all involve that delightful laugh.
Nancy Horton Wilkes (Panama City Beach, FL )
August 6, 2003

Sorry to hear of Joyce's passing - will be praying for Royce and family. Glad I was able to see Royce and Joyce at the NNHS 40th reunion. Sorry I can't be there.
God bless,
Kenny Branch
Kenny Branch (Russellville, AR )
August 6, 2003

Royce and Children: My thoughts and prayers are with you during this saddened time in your lives. Joyce was indeed an inspiration to all who knew her for her courage. Take heart in knowing that Heaven is rejoicing with having her. Much love to you all. Patti Kaye Perry
August 6, 2003


To Joyce, the beautiful lady who sat in front of me for 5 years in Home Room 104 at NNHS, who always amazed me with her spirit and delighted us all with her laugh.
Tina Burroughs Farmer (Newport News, VA )
August 6, 2003

To the family of Joyce Benton Bowden.
I will hold Joyce's friendship as a treasured memory. She was a special person and I am a better person for knowing her. May it comfort you to know that her friends are thinking of you in this time of loss.
Brownie Shaffer Haracivet (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands)
August 6, 2003

August 6, 2003