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  • Friday, October 28, 2016
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Dorothy Shepherd-Bowden
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EUTAW – Dorothy Ree Shepherd-Bowden, age 61, of Eutaw, Alabama, died October 19, 2016, at St. Vincent's East, Birmingham, Ala. Services will be 12 noon Saturday, October 29, 2016, at Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Knoxville, Alabama with Reverend Kenneth Kirkland officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in West Greene, Alabama with Gandy Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be Friday, October 28, 2016, from 1:30-5:00 p.m., at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to services at the church.

She was preceded in death by both parents, Allen Shepherd, Sr. and Lizzie Rice Shepherd and one brother, George Franklin Shepherd.

Survivors include her husband, Leroy Bowden, Jr. of Eutaw, Alabama; daughters, Crystal Gail Bowden Gooden (Dante Gooden) of Munford, Alabama, Angela Renee' Shepherd of Munford, Alabama; stepdaughter, Angela Bowden of Monticello, New York; sons, Kelvin Terell Bowden of Eutaw, Alabama and Anthony Leroy Bowden of Montgomery, Alabama; sisters, Sandra Nash of Cleveland, Ohio, Roberta Finch of Eutaw, Alabama and Betty Price of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; brothers, Robert Shepherd (Lillian) of Maryland, Lyndon Shepherd of Cleveland, Ohio, Allen Shepherd, Jr. of Boligee, Alabama, Terry Lee Theodore Shepherd of California; Richard McGuffie of Florida, Willie Cameron of Aliceville, Alabama and Herman Thomas of Eutaw, Alabama; grandchildren, Chantesia Tiana Lavender, Daija Marianna Gooden, Crystal Deante' Gooden, Brendan Bowden, Devyn Arianna Shepherd and Caleb Christian Underwood; step-grandchildren, Anastasia Bowden, Raleigh, North Carolina and Jeriah Pineda of Monticello, New York.

Dorothy was born on May 12, 1955, the first child of Mr. Allen Shepherd, Sr. and Mrs. Lizzie Rice Shepherd. She confessed Christ and joined 2nd Baptist Church of Eutaw, Alabama at a young age. 

She received an exceptional education at Greene County Schools and went on to earn an Associates of Science Degree from Shelton State Community College in the area of Office Administration. 

Dorothy also completed requirements to become a certified nursing assistant. She worked most of her life and was a master of many things. She was a Teacher's Assistant at Eutaw Head Start and Birdine Elementary, a seamstress at Elocin Apparel Company in Eutaw, Alabama, a home healthcare provider with Professional Nursing Services, a Collections Agent with AccuChek and Certegy Collections, and most notably, she was an employee of Greene Track for 16 years of her career. 

The job she was best at though was being a mother. Being the oldest of nine, she had practice for many years before actually becoming a mother. She not only took great care of her children and grandchildren, but nieces and nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends as well.

Pallbearers will be her friends and family.