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Florence – Funeral service for Mrs. Betty Jean Bowens Gilbert will be conducted 11:00 AM, Friday, March 23, 2018 at J. O. & Annette Smith Memorial Chapel, 307 S. Johns St., Florence. Interment will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens of Florence, directed by Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC.

Mrs. Gilbert was born on December 15, 1935, to the late Eugene and Rosa Senior Bowens. She died Saturday, March 17, 2018.

Mrs. Gilbert attended Public Schools in Florence County and graduated from Wilson Senior High School and later received higher education at Paine College.

Mrs. Gilbert was a member of Mt. Zion AME Church and later joined Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC.

Survivors include her nephew and caregiver, James (Margret Ann) Bowens; Jamelia Bowen and Minister Teresa Lyde; a host of nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends at 3710 E. King George Dr., Florence.

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  • Monday, March 19, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Smith Funeral Home of Florence
  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018
    My condolences in the loss of your beloved family member. The sting of death hurts so much. Our heavenly father Jehovah is always there to comfort us during this difficult time. Psalm 94:19 says; "When anxieties overwhelmed me. You comforted and soothed me". Also Psalm 34:18 reminds us that "Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit". May these scriptures comfort you at this time of bereavement. For more comfort please visit our website: jw.org and view the comforting video: Is There Hope for the Dead?
    ~ R. Sweatman   Decatur, GA
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    Our prayers are with the family.Ms.Gilbert was a very sweet person I met her at the bank and I'll never forget her.God bless all of you.
    ~ Gail Graham   Florence, SC
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018
    My deepest condolences to the Bowens-Gilbert family. It has been one of my richest blessings to be a next door neighbor of Mrs. Gilbert. She always provided me with pleasant and amazing conversation about politics, sports, religion and life in general. Thanks Mrs. Gilbert for being such as a sweet neighbor. Rest in Peace.
    ~ London Jordan   Florence, SC
  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018
    We deeply feel for what you and the family are going through. At times, there isn't much that can soothe the pain this grief brings, but you may find some comfort in the words of Psalms 9:9 which reads: "Jehovah will become a secure refuge for the oppressed, A secure refuge in times of distress." Yes, our Loving God can help if we allow him to (1John 5:14). He also has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth, when it is restored to a Paradise (Acts 24:15; Psalms 37:9-11,29). No, not just a dream, but for a certainty he will do it, for Isaiah 55:11 shows us that everything he says, he accomplishes without fail. You can find out more online at JW.ORG ~~~You are also cordially invited to the memorial of Jesus death. The means by which the promise of a paradise is possible. Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 7:00 pm ; Location: Hampton Inn & Suites 1735 Stokes Rd, Florence, SC 29501
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Wednesday, April 04, 2018
    2 Corinthians 1:3,4 gives us the assurance that "the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies" is "the God of all comfort" and he "comforts us in all our trials". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 36:7; 1 Pete 5:7)
    ~ Rachel Morton