Mrs. Sandra Bowman, age 83, of the Graveltown community died peacefully with family at her side. She died at 6 a.m. Thursday morning, November 18, 2021, at the Smith County Health and Rehabilitation Center in Carthage where she was admitted September 11, 2020. She was pronounced deceased at 8:13 a.m. by Kindred Hospice of Cookeville who had been providing her palliative care.
Funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home were conducted Saturday morning, November 20th, at 11 a.m. with Eld. Ricky Hackett officiating. Burial followed beside her husband of over sixty two years in the Poley Beasley Cemetery on the Bowman Family Farm in the Graveltown community.
One of eleven children and the fourth born to the late Curtis Draper Kemp, who died at the age of 54 on February 18, 1966, and Dorothy Mai Hackett, who died at the age of 91 on February 24, 2005, she was born Sandra Sue Kemp in the Pleasant Shade community on July 28, 1938.
Five siblings preceded her in death, an infant brother, Ronnie Glenn Kemp, who died at the age of 1 day on June 7, 1955, Jean Kemp Waters, who died November 2, 1991 at the age of 59, Paul Draper “Slick” Kemp, who died November 14, 2009 at the age of 67, Robbie Gail Kemp, who died March 14, 2012 at the age of 77, Bobby Rex “Bob” Kemp, who died April 19, 2019 at the age of 84, and Myrtle Kemp Oldham Cook, who died February 14, 2021 at the age of 73.
Mrs. Bowman was a 1956 graduate of Smith County High School where she was a member of the Latin, Spanish, Glee Club, and Dramatic Clubs, the Future Homemakers of America and the Future Teachers of America.
Mrs. Bowman was united in marriage to Nashville native Raymond “Doc” Bowman, who died July 10, 2020 at the age of 83.
She was a member of the Pleasant Shade Upper Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Bowman was a longtime employee of the Texas Boot Co. in Carthage and retired when the plant closed in 1997.
Surviving are three children, Becky Bowman Hackett and husband, Phillip, of the Tanglewood community, Ray (Hoover) Bowman, Charlie Bowman and wife, Melanie Sadler Bowman, all of the Graveltown community; three grandchildren, Canaan Bowman and wife, Paige, Cayde Bowman and wife, Mariah, all of the Graveltown community, Keely Hackett of Cookeville, five great-grandchildren, Simon, Charlee Sue, Samson, Salem and Jirah Bowman, all of the Graveltown community; two sisters, Mary Kemp Proctor of Houston, Texas, Donna Kemp Holder of Hartsville; two brothers, Bill Kemp and wife, Sue, of Augusta, Georgia, Roy Kemp and wife, Terri, of the Graveltown community; sister-in-law, Sara Kemp of Houston, Texas.
The Bowman family requests memorials to the Poley Beasley Cemetery Mowing fund.
Sanderson of Carthage