Fred Carl Bowers
February 21, 2022
Date of Service: June 9, 2022
Interment Location: Mausoleum of Faith
Fred was a charter member of the Elizabethton chapter of the Order of DeMolay. He was a fifty-year member of Dashiell Lodge #238, Free and Accepted Masons; Past Worthy Patron of Sycamore Chapter #163, Order of the Eastern Star; former member of the Advisory Board of the Order of Rainbow for Girls, Elizabethton #71, and a recipient of the Grand Cross of Color. He was a member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) for many years. Fred was a faithful member of Elizabethton First United Methodist Church; he and Ruth had returned to the first church they attended as newlyweds. He was delighted to be a “Pop” to his grandchildren and his great grandchildren. A talented cartoonist, he created personalized, hand-drawn “Pop cards” for his family and close friends for all occasions of note.
In addition to his parents, Fred was preceded in death by one son in law, Noel Muhn, who passed away on December 19, 2021.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruth Hathaway Bowers. Three daughters: Deborah & Larry Gouge; Betsy Bowers; and Roberta Muhn. Five grandchildren: Justin & Elizabeth Muhn; Dr. Jamis Gouge & Dr. Veronica Sudekum Gouge; Captain Daniel Muhn & Staff Sergeant Kendall Muhn; Jerran C. Gouge; and Brittney Muhn Tapp & fiancé Alex Lancaster, IV. Three great granddaughters: Kylee Muhn, Bella Tapp, and Keri Muhn.
A celebration of Fred’s life will be held at First UMC of Elizabethton on Thursday, February 24, at 6:00 PM with Reverend Raymond Amos Sr officiating. The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM till 5:45 PM. Music will be under the direction of Gabriel Short, Susan Heaton, Pianist and David Arney, Organist. The service will be live-streamed on the First United Methodist Church Facebook website, www.fumcelizabethton.com . Scroll down the home page and half way down the right side, click on “Click Here to Join Us On Line” to view the Live Stream.
The family thanks Dr. Arnold, Dr. Jeff Hopland, Dr. Kenny Hopland; Dr. Justin Digby; Dr. Eric Groen; Dr. Shobha Hiremegular; and the superior nursing staff at the Sycamore Shoals Inpatient Surgery wing. The family requests that guests follow COVID protocols to show respect for persons who are medically fragile. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you honor Fred by making donations to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund of Elizabethton First United Methodist Church; the scholarship fund sponsored by the Elizabethton High School Class of 1957 C/O Jerry Williams, 305 Blue Springs Road, Elizabethton, TN 37643; or the Elizabethton Carter County Boys and Girls Club. Fred was an organ donor; therefore, a private disposition will be held at a later date.
Tetrick Funeral Home-Riverside Chapel-Elizabethton, is honored to serve the Bowers family.