Dateline: October 16, 2008

Noval Lafayette Bowling, 95, died Sunday, October 12, 2008, in Amarillo.

Graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 15, 2008, in

Citizens Cemetery in Clarendon with Jeff Messer, Chaplain of Bivins Memorial Nursing Home in Amarillo, officiating. Services were under the direction of Robertson Funeral Directors of Clarendon.

Mrs. Bowling was born November 30, 1912, in Chicota, to Marion Lafayette and Maggie Emma Wortham Gustin. She married Jhrome Homer Bowling on November 9, 1930, in Hollis, Okla. Noval helped raise her brothers and sisters. She did sewing for family and friends and worked in the cotton fields. She also helped run a grocery store with her parents while growing up and also sang in the choir. She lived through the depression. She and Jhrome made their home in Windy Valley and Lelia Lake, where they raised their family. She was a homemaker and a Christian.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on March 28, 1988; a daughter, Madeline Longley; a grandson, Tommy Longley; and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, Gale Duke of Canyon, and Othelia Head of Panhandle; two sons, Dwight Bowling of Stigler, Okla., and Greg Bowling of Canadian; a brother, Junior Gustin of Paris, Texas; 13 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and 22 great great grandchildren.

The family requests memorial contributions be to Bivins Memorial Nursing Home 1001 Wallace Blvd., Amarillo, Texas 79106 or BSA Hospice, PO Box 950, Amarillo, Texas 79105.




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